Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Dear, All.

A message from our sister society, Catbird Jazz....

Joey’s Pizza and the Catbird Jazz Society announce that on Saturday, October 3, 2009, we are presenting the Jake Langley Trio plus Chris Mitchell in Joey’s “Speakeasy Lounge” in Sackville, NB, starting at 9:00 p.m..

35-year-old Ottawa native and National Jazz Award recipient Jake Langley is a New York-based hard bop guitarist. He has studied with Jim Hall and Pat Martino, and his playing can legitimately be spoken of in the same breath as that of George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell. His lines are clean, luminous, and bold, and his phrasing smooth, elegant, and lyrical, but always with an underlying blues sensibility and funk feeling. He plays almost as fast as John Pizzarelli, but is also a master of the slow ballad. Over the past 20 years, Jake has played with Terry Clark, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Pat LaBarbera, James Moody, Pee Wee Ellis, Doug Riley, and David Braid. He might be known to some through his involvement with the groups Big Rude Jake, The Tone Poets, and One Step Beyond, or though his work with such disparate musicians as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Garth Hudson, David Clayton Thomas, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, and K.D. Lang.

The ensemble includes Brian Charette on keyboards, Chris Mitchell on saxophones, and Mark Adam on drums. New York-based Charette has an adventurous and head-turning approach to keyboards, including the Hammond B-3 organ and an instrument of his own invention called the “samchillian”, which includes creative use of electronics. According to one reviewer, Brian “dishes up equal parts groove and guts”. He has played with Lou Donaldson, the Max Weinberg 7, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, and Cyndi Lauper. A “first call” studio and live performance musician based in Halifax, Chris Mitchell is a well-known and popular performer in the Maritimes. Some years ago his Quintet won the “Prix du Jazz DuMaurier” at the MontrĂ©al Jazz Festival. Chris teaches saxophone and jazz theory at Dalhousie University. Mark Adam is a versatile percussionist who has played a wide variety of music throughout Canada and beyond. His jazz credits include work with Mike Murley, Andrew Downing, Bob Brough, Hugh Fraser, Dave Restivo, and Carol Welsman. A former percussionist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, he currently teaches percussion at Acadia University.

This is the first Catbird presentation in the new lounge at Joey’s, which is ultra-cool, cozy, and appropriately named for a space in which to hear good jazz. It should be a swingin’ night!

Admission is $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. The room capacity is about 70, and we are setting aside 10 seats at the student price of $10, so fans should buy their tickets early. They are available at Tidewater Books (536-0404) or Joey’s Pizza (536-4040) in Sackville.

For further information, contact Berkeley Fleming at (506) 536-2411.

[Message forwarded by Tantramarsh Blues Society]


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