Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Brooklyn's Ottawa

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:

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