Many of you already know that the invaluable, friendly and and always patient administrator of JazzWorks, Anna Frlan is also an important artist. On Thursday, Oct. 17, her exhibition, Interbellum IV, opens at the Council of the Arts in Ottawa, at Arts Court, 2 Day Avenue.
Interbellum IV is the fourth in a series of sculpture exhibitions that examine the uneasy peace that follows war.
A previous exhibition at the Ottawa School of Art in January was described by an Ottawa critic as “simply brilliant” and “the best show I have seen by a local artist.”
The current exhibition runs through Nov. 14 in the Micaela Fitch Room and there is an opening reception Thursday night from 5 to 8. You could drop in and still make the jam session.
Speaking of which, the host band for the October jam is !Frayneology!, a band that includes not only exclamation marks but Rob Frayne on saxophone. Other members include Devon Woods and David Fraser on saxes, Hélène Knoerr, voice and double bass, Mary Moore, voice and drums, Marc Salsbury, guitar and Karl Nerenberg, piano.
If memory serves, this group tore up this year’s final concert at the JazzWorks jazz camp with some brilliant arrangements, for which Rob Frayne was responsible, of course.
Don’t miss them. !Frayneology! plays at 8:30 and the open jamming will begin about 45 minutes later.
A further note on jams: The first Sunday one of the season indicates that the Sunday concept is catching on. Attendance is increasing gradually, but the relaxed, uncrowded vibe continues.
Most welcome was the presence of a number of young musicians, many of them students of pianist Yves Laroche. Three of them, pianist Alex Lim-Sersan, bassist Alec Zhang and drummer Cameron Macdonald, played a nice set as host band, and other students were active in the jamming that followed. They held their own well. The jam session is its own kind of learning experience: you learn what to do when the form gets lost, or when different sets of chords are being played by different players, or when the trumpet player ends his solo four bars too early, or how to create an ending on the fly when nobody had thought about it beforehand.
Part of learning jazz is learning jazz survival strategies and the jam session is a good place to do it.
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Tune Up won't be a calendar of events — Ottawa Jazz Happenings takes care of that. But it will discuss events and issues of interest to the JazzWorks community. Journalist, author, trumpet player and a jazz camper since 1999, Charley Gordon is a former vice-president of JazzWorks.