Among John Geggie’s many talents (in addition to bassist and composer and JazzWorks artistic director) is that of musical facilitator. In other words, he brings great musicians together. Over the many years of his Geggie Presents series at the NAC this was regularly evident, as Geggie combined Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal musicians with visitors from New York or Europe to produce exciting programs
Often with a minimum of rehearsal, the group would take to the Fourth Stage and put on performances of breathtaking creativity.
The series, alas, is no more, but the gift of bringing people together remains and it will be on display again on Saturday night, April 12, at the Fourth Stage. “I have put together what amounts to a very all-star Canadian jazz group for a one-time evening of original music,” Geggie says, in a note. Indeed. As Geggie notes, many of the players also happen to be Juno Award winners.
The line-up: from Montreal, Christine Jensen, alto sax, and Joel Miller, tenor sax. Christine worked with JazzWorks participants in last year’s Ultimate Jazz Combo Workshop. From Toronto, Jim Lewis, trumpet (and a JazzWorks camp faculty member), David Braid,piano, and Ted Warren (drums). And, of course, from Ottawa, John Geggie, bass.
Great band. It will be playing a selection of original compositions. “Ultimately,” writes Geggie, “I simply wanted to put together a fun band of friends and create some creative music.”
The NAC website has the ticket information you need.
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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.