When Sunday afternoon jam sessions began last spring, they started slowly, not nearly as well-attended as the regular third-Thursday jams, which have been going on for more than a decade.
This wasn't all bad. Those who attended liked the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. With fewer musicians in attendance there was more of a chance to play, sometimes for more than one tune. With less of a crowd there was less of a noise, more listening, a better chance to heard without cranking up the volume.
Still, it would nice to see more people out this coming Sunday (Oct. 6) when the fall Sunday jam season kicks off at 2 p.m. Among the many reasons to attend is the opportunity to hear a band of young musicians, students of the fine pianist Yves Laroche, make their jam session debut. The band, which is, for the moment, called the Bells Corners Academy of Music Jazz Trio, comprises Alex Lim-Sersan, piano, Alec Zhang, bass, and Cameron Macdonald, drums. When the idea of Sunday afternoon jams began, one of the aims was to attract more student musicians, so it seems to be working. And if you feel like coming early to learn how to be a set-up wizard, one of those valuable creatures who can help make a sound-system work, feel free to drop by between 12:30-2 and 2.
In case you missed it, here's a link to a great interview Gerri Trimble gave to Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen. In it she generously praises jazz camp and JazzWorks for helping her develop as a jazz singer.
Having played with Gerri many times in the past few years, I would say that much of the credit goes to Gerri herself. She picks great tunes and works hard. You can judge for yourself: Gerri sings Saturday night at GigSpace with a great band — Tim Bedner on guitar, John Geggie on bass and Scott Warren on drums. The concert starts at 7:30 and tickets are $15. See you there.
Tim Murray, back where he belongs
His many friends in the JazzWorks community will be relieved to know that Tim Murray is home and recovering. In fact, when I visited him in Perth a few days ago, he was not only at home and recovering but playing the piano.
He had just come home from a brief stay at Perth Hospital. Only two weeks before that, Tim had been rushed by ambulance from the JazzWorks camp at CAMMAC to Lachute hospital. From there, he was moved quickly to hospital in Montreal, where he stayed for about 10 days, before returning to Perth.
More updates as they occur. Thankfully, we’ll be hearing at lot more of that piano before long.
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About this blog
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.