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John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012

By Published: June 14, 2012
Soloing less than his band mates only meant that when Doxas was featured—oftentimes as part of a trade-off section near the end of a song—it was all the more memorable. A rarity in his melodic approach to the kit, nothing was verboten in Doxas' vernacular, as he moved seamlessly from playing with his hands to rattling a large chain of bells worn around his body. And while Doxas had plenty to show, he played, refreshingly, as though he had nothing to prove—at one point beginning with nothing more than a four-on-the-floor bass drum pattern and single brushed snare, and leading into an extended solo of tremendous restraint more about expansive color than his admittedly inestimable chops.



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
Myra Melford
Myra Melford
b.1957
piano
, Edward Simon
Edward Simon
Edward Simon
b.1969
piano
, Marc Copland
Marc Copland
Marc Copland
b.1948
piano
, Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn
b.1970
keyboard
and Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers
Bill Carrothers
b.1964
piano
, and guitarist Vic Juris
Vic Juris
Vic Juris
b.1953
guitar
, to bassist Mark Dresser
Mark Dresser
Mark Dresser
b.1952
bass, acoustic
, saxophonists McCaslin and Ted Nash
Ted Nash
Ted Nash
b.1960
sax, tenor
, trumpeters Cuong Vu
Cuong Vu
Cuong Vu
b.1969
trumpet
and Ron Miles
Ron Miles
Ron Miles

trumpet
, and legendary Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen
Jon Christensen
Jon Christensen
b.1943
drums
. 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.


Photo Credit
Page 1, Joe Sullivan: John R. Fowler

Page 1, John Geggie, Page 2, Jim Doxas: John Kelman


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