2018 Merrickville's Jazz Fest
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 10:30 p.m.
The final day of the 2018 Merrickville's Jazz Fest began with a jazzy worship service and ended with a concert reminiscent of a revival meeting, in a jam-packed day of mainstream jazz.
Because a donor offered us a ride to the festival, OttawaJazzScene.ca was able to review and photograph almost all the Sunday concerts, with the exception of the dinner shows which had sold out. We heard Ripple Effect, the Elliott/Boudreau Quartet, the Landen Vieira Quartet, a few minutes of The Nick Maclean Quartet, and Kellylee Evans.
Sunday morning was full of joyous sounds, as Ripple Effect provided the musical soundtrack to the worship service at Merrickville's Holy Trinity Anglican Church. The quintet, led by pianist Ginny Simonds, opened and closed the service with pieces by Canadian jazz composer Joe Sealy, whom they had played tribute to in several concerts earlier this year.
They also included several other Sealy compositions in sets during the service, as well as sunny numbers from Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger, Harold Arlen, and Dino Valenti – and even a regular hymn. But regardless of the source, the music had a strong jazz vibe from the combination of keyboards (Simonds), tenor and soprano sax (Peter Woods), double bass (Howard Tweddle), and drums and cajon (Lu Frattaroli).
The Sealy numbers were from his albums Africville Suite and Blue Jade. The instrumentals (such as “Inverness” and “The Road”) were contemplative and quiet, but the vocal pieces, led by Betty Ann Bryanton, were impassioned and moving. On “Deep Inside”, Bryanton used her full vocal range to express the joy in the music (“there's a light shining deep inside”), well supported by Wood's expressive tenor lines and Frattaroli's steady and subdued drums. She ended with a stirring “when I return to the place deep inside”, and the congregation responded with strong and extended applause.
Bryanton also involved the congregation in singing on several numbers, including “Turn! Turn! Turn!” with guest Pierre Monfils on energetic ukulele, and the Youngbloods' hit “Get Together”. The uplifting vibe continued with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, done in the Hawaiian style of "Iz" Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'Ole; she combined humming and singing the lyrics, and gave the whole a graceful swing, underlined by Tweddle's bass lines.
The church was packed for the service, and its rector, Rev. Andrew Wilson preached a short homily on feeding the soul with quiet and with music. Near the end, he told the congregation, “I want you to know this is very un-Anglican. I think it's great!” I was impressed at how well the musical selections fit into the church service – and how well they were received by the congregation.
The service closed with Sealy's “Song of Hope”, with everyone clapping in time as Ripple Effect gave the gospel-influenced tune a full-bodied and optimistic rendition.
Read all the stories by OttawaJazzScene.ca about the 2018 Merrickville's Jazz Fest:
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest 2018: Kellylee Evans danced her way into the audience's hearts
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest 2018: The Landen Vieira Quartet's fresh take on the tradition
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest 2018: The Elliott-Boudreau Quartet's deep communication and interaction
- Merrickville's Jazz Fest 2018: Ripple Effect jazzes up a workship service
- The 2018 Merrickville's Jazz Fest mixes the new and the familiar
- 2018 Merrickville's Jazz Fest closes with Kellylee Evans' powerful show