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Celebrate with music & dance at our gala
by Emily Wilkinson
When guitarist John Inder met fellow musicians Mark Stout and Jane Critchlow at the Unitarian church, no one would have guessed that their shared musical tastes would lead to the creation of No More Blues, a local jazz band specializing in 30s, 40s and 50s standards.
“Mark, Jane, and I met at the Unitarian Church and we started to play these songs, and at some point, we invited other musicians to join. Now we’ve got the sound equipment to put on a show and have invited some very skilled musicians to play with us,” Inder said.
Along with Inder, trombonist Stout and singer Critchlow, No More Blues is comprised of bassist Shaun Ryan and drummer Téo Paquin. Though their mutual affection for jazz has transformed itself into an established band playing regular gigs in Montreal, No More Blues is not opposed to adding other musicians to the group for special events like The Senior Times Gala October 14, where the band will be joined by guest artist Vincent Steven-Ong, an alto sax player.
Inder is looking forward to performing with him.“We’re very excited about performing at the gala. That’s why we invited Vincent. He’s a very respected professional sax player. He has his own quartet,” Inder said.
Jazz isn’t exactly contemporary music, but Inder thinks it still has a strong following today, probably due to its complex harmonies and catchy, familiar tunes. “It’s music that was popular before any of us were born, yet two of our band members are under 30 and they enjoy it. The thing is, these are good songs that are fun to sing and yet they have a very rich harmonic structure. This is the opposite of the 3-chord rock song,” Inder explained.
As for Inder, his taste for the genre was acquired as a teen, and later evolved to encompass older jazz during the formation of No More Blues four years ago.
“I started listening to jazz as a teenager — rock was popular then— and I started listening to contemporary jazz. Then, with No More Blues, I started to get an appreciation for these old standards,” Inder said. But the band’s name, which comes from the name of a song by guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim, jokingly contradicts their set lists, which often include one or more blues songs as well as standard jazz tunes.
“It’s kind of a fun title because, in one sense, it means no more being sad. But we also do play the occasional bluesy tune, so it’s funny in that way too.”
No More Blues performs at the Sablo Kafé, 50 St.-Zotique E. in little Italy the last Friday of every month. Info: 514-251-1777.
Jeunesses Musicales concerts in October
Jeunesses Musicales will be presenting a series of concerts this fall at the Jeunesses Musicales Concert Hall, 350 Mont Royal Ave. E.
October 11: Jinjoo Cho on Violin at 5:30 pm. $20.
October 15: conference by François Filiatrault, Jean Baptiste Lully, From Florence to Paris (1632-1668). $20.
October 22: Family concert on Sunday afternoon, Hansel and Gretel, 11 am and 1 & 3 pm. $6.
Musical presents wartime stories
This fall, Theatre Panache will be remounting the new Canadian musical, “Till We Meet Again” by David Langlois.
The play was presented at the War Museum in Ottawa last year. Presented in three acts, this critically-acclaimed musical takes the form of a live CBC radio show during WWII; each 35 minute segment contains songs and commercials with live sound effects, reports from the front and letters from home, all from the years 1940, 1942 and 1944.
In each scene a few names of those killed or lost in action are read aloud. In the report from the front we follow Gordon Watkins as he climbs the ranks from Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel, first in Dunkirk, then in Dieppe and finally he comes to the studio in person after his experiences in Normandy. This recreation of life in Canada during World War II will be presented October 26 to November 12 at the D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University. Info: 514-231-5084.
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