Sweet sounds of sax and swing in supply for the weekend
Jazz great Branford Marsalis will be in a classical mood when he drops by the NAC Friday
Legendary jazzman Branford Marsalis plays with the classics, the jitterbug invades the War Museum, and Ottawa's Rob Frayne triumphs on this weekend's list.
A prime mover in the world of jazz, Marsalis swings a mean sax, leads his own hot band and composes new work. But the musician is equally at home in a tux and tie, performing classical music to a symphony audience.
The multiple Grammy Award-winner moves fluidly across musical boundaries, having shared the stage with artists ranging from Sting and the Grateful Dead to jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Art Blakey to the world's major orchestras.
The evening is hosted by Nantali Indongo, member of hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive.
Where: Southam Hall, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St.
When: Concert starts at 7 p.m., preceded by a free performance by the Petr Cancura Quartet in the NAC foyer at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Admission starts at $25, but same-day rush tickets are available for $15 to those between 13 and 29 and their teachers. To purchase tickets click here.
Swing the night away
Special guest Kellylee Evans will join Peter Liu and the Pollcats in a swinging evening of romantic and joyful ditties from the era — music that provided much-needed relief from wartime fears.
"It was really important for everybody to have some way of communicating and supporting each other and of celebrating in a very dark time," Liu noted.
Where: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl.
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 for students, seniors and members. Tickets can be purchased here.
A musical rebirth
But the music flowing through his veins would not be silenced. Through dogged persistence and years of hard work, Frayne is now back performing gigs across the city. He plays a bit more slowly these days, but he's also found new ways to express himself.
"After getting hit by a truck, you don't really care so much about what people think," Frayne mused.
"I just play the stuff I really like, and feel good about it."
Where: Rob Frayne and Drumswamp at Ottawa GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Ave.
When: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.