Brian Downey (drums), Zakari Frantz (alto) and Joel Kerr (bass). photo ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Brian Downey (drums), Zakari Frantz (alto) and Joel Kerr (bass). photo ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Alto saxophonist Zakari Frantz led Curiosity Killled the Quartet to keep the music alive and the goblins away well past midnight on Halloween night at Le Petit Chicago.

Back home after another highly successful European tour with Souljazz Orchestra, Zakari led a quartet including Mike Essoudry (drums) and two Montrealers increasingly known to Ottawa audiences: Adam Daudrich on keys and Joel Kerr on double bass. The group filled the evening with standards and original compositions by Daudrich. Later, the stage was opened to guests including guitarist Sean Duhaime, veteran drummer Brian Downey and others.

Zak's back with another quartet tonight (apparently curiosity did kill the first one!) that includes Eric Disero on keyboards, Marc Decho on bass, and Mike Essoudry on drums. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. at Le Petit Chicago.    – Brett Delmage