AlphaSoul Café is starting to ramp up its jazz offerings, inspiring by their successful hosting of the Ottawa Jazz Festival jams in June. Saxophonist Adrian Matte continues to hold down Friday nights, and the café is starting to regularly present jazz on Saturdays.
Drummer Ted Zarras and his quartet (with J.P. Lapensée on bass, Alex Tompkins on guitar, and Richard Page on tenor sax) played an evening of vibrant jazz standards on Saturday, inspired by the bop and postbop of the 50s and 60s. Songs like "Body and Soul", and "Tenor Madness" (in which Adrian and Richard shared the lead) filled the restaurant with music – and cool.
This Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Alex Moxon and Marc Decho (with Vince Rimbach and Michel Delage) will present their "top secret never-before-heard instrumental arrangements" of Stevie Wonder's music.
– Alayne McGregor