Right on the heels of the Ultimate Jazz Combo Workshop (places still available!), comes another JazzWorks experiment, the first in a series of Sunday afternoon jam sessions. The inaugural one is Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 5 and others will follow, every second Sunday of the month. As usual, the jam will be held in the friendly confines of the Carleton Tavern, which has been extremely welcoming to our tribe.
One of the hopes is that this afternoon jam session will be attractive to students who, for some reason, generally avoid taverns on weekday nights. Depending on attendance and other factors, we might do some experimenting with format in this new jam. If you have any thoughts on that, or on how the jam session experience can be improved, please send them on to me, or use the Forum section of this website.
Marylise at the piano at last summer's jazz camp.
And don't forget the regular jam session
Whatever happens, one thing that will not change is the friendly and open vibe that has characterized JazzWorks jams since their inception. And speaking of that, the regular March jam, Thursday the 21st, will be hosted by the Take Trois Jazz Trio with Marylise Chauvette on piano, Flavio Jorge on bass and Dave Finlayson on drums. Some guests will sitting in on various tunes. I asked Marylise to describe the group and her response follows. I apologize in advance for any exaggerated claims about trumpet players:
"You must believe in spring! On March 21st, Take Trois is proud and enthused to celebrate the arrival of spring in the joyous company of the many kindred spirits who haunt the monthly jazzWorks jams. Of course, our musical menu will include a few seasonal odes, as well as tried and true jazz classics and a few surprises. The whole idea behind Take Trois is to provide a solid and flexible rhythm section that can function as a trio on its own or be enriched at whim with a serendipitous choice of wonderful local talents. The possibilities are endless! To help us salute spring in style, Take Trois welcomes to the hub the suave David Glover (sax), the cerebral Charley Gordon (trumpet), über crooner Sydney Bostic (vocal) and powerhouse Mary Moore (vocal). Be there to help us kill winter with music, friendship, beer and wine!"
Jazz and conversation
Speaking of jams and recent comments in the Forum section of this website about the noise level at the Carleton Tavern jam sessions — just to let you know that we’re not alone, I’m listening to some previously unreleased live recordings of the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet. Taped at some unknown club in 1955, they feature the great drummer and the immortal trumpet player, plus Sonny Rollins on tenor, Richie Powell on piano and George Morrow on bass, plus some guy in the crowd who yacks all the way through it. You feel like grabbing him by the throat and saying: “Hey, that’s Clifford Brown you’re talking over! That’s Sonny Rollins!” There’s a woman at another table who is quite vocal as well.
If you’re familiar with the 1961 Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard sessions, you will have noticed the same thing. Why didn’t someone tell the yackers: “Hey, don’t you know this is Sunday at the Village Vanguard”?
Just thought you’d like to know the problem is not new. Jazz has always stimulated conversation.
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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.