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Craig Pedersen (trumpet) accompanied by Linsey Wellman (sax) at his Masters recital   photo ©2010 Brett Delmage
Craig Pedersen (trumpet) accompanied by Linsey Wellman (sax) at his Masters recital photo ©2010 Brett Delmage


Craig Pedersen (trumpet) accompanied by Linsey Wellman (sax) at his Masters recital   photo ©2010 Brett Delmage

Craig Pedersen (trumpet) wrapped up his Masters in Music Performance with a recital at the University of Ottawa on April 16. He delighted his audience by performing with a mini-version of Mike Essoudry's Mash Potato Mashers for two numbers. Prior to the Mashers marching from the back of the room through the audience to the stage, Craig demonstrated his proficiency on trumpet by playing classical pieces by Handel and Hummel; "Winter becomes Spring", an electronic piece of his own with music from his laptop computer; and 20th century classical piece by Jean Hubeau. For the classical pieces, he was accompanied by Frédéric Lacroix on piano. The Mash Potato Mashers accompanying Craig were Linsey Wellman (saxophone), Ryan Purchase (trombone) and Mike Essoudry (drums).

Listeners can hear Craig Pedersen play with the Mash Potato Mashers  on May 1 at The Elmdale Tavern. The Mashers will also open the 30th Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 24 by marching down Elgin Street into Confederation Park.

     – Brett Delmage

Scott Poll - photo ©2009 Brett Delmage
Scott Poll - photo ©2009 Brett Delmage

Scott Poll is playing with Tim Bedner (guitar), Tom Denison (bass), and special guest Fred Paci (trumpet, flugelhorn) at Café Paradiso from 8:30 to 11:30 pm Friday night (April 16), presenting classic swing from the 1930’s & 40’s.

photo: Scott Poll plays with the Jazz Mutants at the Lookout Bar, December 2009    ©2009 Brett Delmage

Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at their 2009 concert at the NAC Fourth Stage. photo ©2009 Brett Delmage
Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at their 2009 concert at the NAC Fourth Stage. photo ©2009 Brett Delmage

Kim Kaskiw and Steve Berndt "Swing into Spring" at their 2009 concert at the NAC Fourth Stage.. Their 2010 show takes place on Saturday April 10.    photo ©2009 Brett Delmage

Philippe Charbonneau Richard Page Matt Aston

Richard Page Trio  at The Rainbow,  March 22, 2009 © 2009 Brett Delmage.

Richard Page, Philippe Charbonneau, and Matt Aston launch a regular Tuesday gig tonight at the Avant-Garde bar:  9 p.m. to midnight.

Linsey Wellman, Mike Essoudry, and Philippe Charbonneau have kept Café Nostalgica both hot and busy in February 2010, with their creative versions of standards, orginal music and improvisations.

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(l-r) Richard Page (tenor), Philippe Charbonneau (bass), Daniel Ko (alto) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) take in a solo by Linsey Wellman (alto). ©2010 Brett Delmage
(l-r) Richard Page (tenor), Philippe Charbonneau (bass), Daniel Ko (alto) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) take in a solo by Linsey Wellman (alto). ©2010 Brett Delmage

(l-r) Richard Page (tenor), Philippe Charbonneau (bass), Daniel Ko (alto) and Craig Pedersen (trumpet) take in a solo by Linsey Wellman (alto).

 

A standing-room only crowd enjoys the group's sit-ins. ©2010 Brett Delmage
A standing-room only crowd enjoys the group's sit-ins. ©2010 Brett Delmage

A standing-room only crowd enjoys the group's sit-ins.

 

Linsey Wellman enjoys listening as high-school alto player Daniel ko takes the lead and demonstrates some of the new, young talent in town. ©2010 Brett Delmage
Linsey Wellman enjoys listening as high-school alto player Daniel ko takes the lead and demonstrates some of the new, young talent in town. ©2010 Brett Delmage

Linsey Wellman enjoys listening as high-school alto player Daniel ko takes the lead and demonstrates some of the new, young talent in town.

 

James Annett     ©Brett Delmage, 2012
James Annett ©Brett Delmage, 2012

Improvising violinist James Annett returned to Ottawa from Montreal on April 15 to treat keen IMOO listeners to improvised viola.

He was joined by IMOO regulars and co-founders Craig Pedersen on trumpet and piccolo trumpet and Linsey Wellman on alto sax and flute, plus percussionist Jamie Gullikson. All three were inspired by Annett to try some acoustic tricks of their own, as well as complementing the viola. Gullikson included some interestingly-modified cymbals in his drumset with produced some unexpected sounds.


The quartet took the audience on a two-set musical journey that encompassed an exceptionally large dynamic range, pairings of different players, and improvisations that ranged from dissonant to harmonious. The pieces had beautiful beginnings and endings that sometimes surprised not only the listeners but also the players.

    – Brett Delmage

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Rachel Therrien develops a new sound from her trumpet mute at IMOO.   ©Brett Delmage, 2012
Rachel Therrien develops a new sound from her trumpet mute at IMOO. ©Brett Delmage, 2012

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Montreal trumpeter Rachel Therrien and Ottawa vocalist and IMOO co-coordinator Renée Yoxon first met and played together at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music this spring.

So when Therrien was invited to bring her quintet to the Festival de Jazz Desjardins in Aylmer this Saturday, it was natural for her to stay over an extra day and play at IMOO (Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais)  – but in a very different, free jazz style from Saturday.

The IMOO performance also featured bassist Marino Vazquez, who was visiting from Mexico and had just recently met Therrien in Montreal. Besides bass, he sang and played percussion and the traditional small Mexican guitar.

The first set started with a completely improvised piece featuring Therrien on trumpet and Vazquez on percussion (including crumpled newspaper and flipped notebook). It was followed by a free jazz piece ("The Seven Movements of a Day's Journey") which Therrien had composed eight years but had never played publicly, which used muted trumpet to produce sounds that ranged from breathy to klaxon, with added vocalese.

Renée Yoxon joined in for the second set, for her very first totally improvised jazz performance. In the first piece, while Yoxon sang improvised wordless vocalese, Therrien sang through her trumpet mute. They ended with a piece which Therrien had composed at Banff: "A Mountain", with a graphic rather than a traditional score. At Banff, it was played by 13 musicians, including four vocalists but no trumpet: here it was interpreted on voice, trumpet, percussion, and bass.

At the end, the musicians continued a new IMOO tradition: a short question and answer session where they explained their backgrounds, the graphic score they used, and some of the pieces they had performed.

Therrien was nominated for the TD Grand Jazz Award and the Galaxie Rising Star Award at this year's Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, and her quintet played an evening concert on one of the festival's main outdoor stages.

    – Alayne McGregor

Ottawa Saxophone Camp Concert
Ottawa Saxophone Camp Concert

Monday's Saxophone Camp concert, with guest artists Mike Murley (sax) and Ian Froman (drums), attracted a packed and enthusiastic house, ending in a standing ovation. The group, which also included organizer Mike Tremblay (sax), Mark Ferguson (piano), and Tom McMahon (bass), played originals by Murley, Tremblay, and Ferguson, as well as standards. A highlight was a sax-only duet between Murley and Tremblay in which Stella by Starlight got thoroughly shaken out and bumped around, but ultimately celebrated.  Photo © Brett Delmage.

Maria Schneider does textures and patterns and the full range of possibilities that 18 musicians can provide. The result -- although she uses almost the same pattern of instruments as a standard big band -- is about as far from standard as you can imagine. Do not think the Boss Brass or Louis Armstrong: think Carla Bley and Darcy James Argue. Or maybe she's just sui generis.

No one can deny Julian Lage's facility on the guitar. He can make that instrument laugh or weep or call out stridently -- or bop along. But what really made his short appearance Monday night in Confederation Park special was the originality of his group's instruments and material.