I’m going to unabashedly plug a friend’s gig (not to mention unabashedly split an infinitive). I figure that Peter Hum has done so much, through his writing in the Citizen, to promote the work of local musicians that he deserves some promotion of his own.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, the pianist launches his second CD, Alpha Moment, in a concert at the Fourth Stage. I’ve heard the CD and it’s very good. You can check it out at peterhum.com. All the compositions are Hum originals and they vary in mood and tempo, from the soulful Voice From Afar to the spirited title tune. Peter likes odd time signatures, but he also likes pretty ballads and he also likes to just swing. All of that is on the CD. The arranging for a front line of tenor sax, alto sax and guitar uses different combinations of instruments in an intriguing way. And the soloing is inspired. Kenji Omae on tenor alone is worth the price of admission.
Omae is one of several members of the sextet with Ottawa connections. He grew up here and played in local jam sessions as a teenager, before moving to New York. He now lives in Korea.
Guitarist Mike Rud spent several years playing in Ottawa in the early 2000s before moving to Montreal a few years ago. Bassist Alec Walkington grew up here and was a high school classmate of Peter Hum.
And Nathan Cepelinski, on alto and soprano saxes, is also a local guy. In fact, he attended JazzWorks jazz camp as a 14-year-old prodigy back in the Christie Lake days. He now lives in New York and won’t be at the Fourth Stage concert.
Powerhouse drummer Ted Warren has performed here frequently enough to be considered an honorary local.
The Fourth Stage concert is part of a four-city tour that also includes the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill in Montreal on Wednesday, the Jazz Room in Waterloo on Saturday and The Rex in Toronto on Sunday. Thursday’s concert here begins at 7:30. Tickets are available through the National Arts Centre website. See you there.
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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.