John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012
The entire set managed to be both relaxing and commanding, calling for plenty of applause throughout the sets and a well-deserved encore at the end of the evening. With budget cuts at the National Arts Centre, there is a very real possibility that the 2012/13 Geggie Concert Series will either be cut back significantly or, even worse, cancelled outright. It would be a tremendous shame as Geggie's series has been responsible for some of the finest jazz this town has seen in the past decade beyond the purview of the annual Ottawa International Jazz Festival, with past collaborators ranging from pianists Crispell, Myra Melford, Edward Simon, Marc Copland, Craig Taborn and Bill Carrothers, and guitarist Vic Juris, to bassist Mark Dresser, saxophonists McCaslin and Ted Nash, trumpeters Cuong Vu and Ron Miles, and legendary Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen. With the majority of Geggie's shows well-attended, here's hoping the NAC doesn't make the mistake of cutting this essential series from its annual program.
Page 1, Joe Sullivan: John R. Fowler
Page 1, John Geggie, Page 2, Jim Doxas: John Kelman