Canadians In Brooklyn! I know this is a subject that has been revisited many times but I must say I was proud of Ottawa last night in Brooklyn. Mike Webster took the stage with his chamber group/big band called Leading Lines at the Tea Lounge, a very cool music venue in Brooklyn, New York: one of the few venues to have the space to house large groups like this and one of the only places to host a regular Big Band series on Monday nights.
|Mike Webster's Leading Lines at The Tea Lounge|
Well This Monday night Mike Webster, an Ottawa born and raised saxophonist performed his new music with a stellar cast of fellow Manhattan School of Music graduates and Canadians living in Brooklyn. An incredible soprano sax solo was taken by another Ottawa native Rob Mosher (also a leader of a fabulous large ensemble called Sorytime) and the tenor sax and clarinet chair was manned by Quinsin Nachoff a current Brooklyn resident as well. The group featured some other great soloists including alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, who has played in Paul Motian's group many times; and Sara Caswell, a violinist currently in Esperanza Spalding's band.
Canada was well represented last night and I noticed a sense of community, audience awareness and connection that I don’t always see.
Some of our own in Brooklyn: