Miguel Angel de Armas     ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Miguel Angel de Armas ©Brett Delmage, 2012

It was a packed and pleased house Sunday night, as Glebop welcomed four new players to its monthly gig at the Arrow and Loon. The basic sound was swinging standards, but with a strong Latin vibe added by pianist Miguel Angel de Armas (a recent addition to the local jazz scene but with a long, stellar career in Cuba), and Cuban drummer/percussionist Arien Villegas.

While bassist Howard Tweddle has been part of the scene for decades, the remaining two musicians - singer Natasha Shannon and saxophonist Adam Gillespie - have not been heard much in Ottawa yet. But Shannon said the quintet would be back playing together later this year.

    – Alayne McGregor

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