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Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa

The Altsys Jazz Orchestra has carved out a special place for itself over the past quarter century, performing beautiful and challenging works by such modern masters as Kenny Wheeler.

Then and now it features many of our top players, including founders Jennifer Bell (alto sax) and Bill Mahar (trumpet).

Altsys’ upcoming concert at Sala Rossa on October 14 is a go-to event with the Canadian premiere of Tales of the Algonquin by expatriate Montrealer John Warren. Recorded with baritone saxophonist John Surman, Tales of the Algonquin is considered one of the finest examples of British modal and free jazz from the formative period of the late 1960s and 1970s.

There is no better group to bring it to life than the Altsys, who specialize in contemporary repertoire.

Montreal saxophonist Chet Doxas, now living and playing in New York City, is coming in for the gig.

Also on sax, the cream of the crop: Joel Miller, Samuel Blais, Cameron Wallis, Bruno Lamarche and Bill Bouffard; Dave Grott, Taylor Donaldson, Gabriel Gagnon, and Christopher Smith are on trombones; Jocelyn Couture, Aron Doyle and Andy King play trumpets; the rhythm section is Josh Rager (piano), Alex Walkington (bass), and Jim Doxas (drums).

The concert is on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 8pm. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Sala Rossa at 4848 St. Laurent Blvd. 514-973-0603.

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