Omae/Smith/Hum/Walkington/Fraser

Kenji Omae – tenor saxophone
David Smith – trumpet
Peter Hum – piano
Alec Walkington – bass
Nick Fraser – drums

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
8 p.m, two sets with an intermission
Tickets: $20.  Advance purchase recommended, this is a sell out event. Call 613-729-0693 (Alcorn Music Studios) for advance purchase with credit card. Please leave a message if you reach our voicemail.

Ottawa-raised tenor saxophonist Kenji Omae is back again for the holidays from South Korea, and he’s bringing his powerful horn to GigSpace for another once-a-year night of muscular, original post-bop. Joining him are his great friend and former roommate Dave Smith on trumpet, coming up from Brooklyn, as well as Ottawa pianist Peter Hum, Montreal bassist Alec Walkington and Toronto drummer Nick Fraser — a rhythm section that played with Omae two decades ago in Ottawa. Five guys from five different cities have never sounded so good! Expect to hear music from recent recordings by Omae, Smith and Hum, which might well be on sale in the GigSpace lobby.

Originally from Ottawa’s eastern suburbs, Kenji Omae began studying saxophone at age 12 and became very interested in jazz in high school. He then attended the Unversity of Toronto, received a Canada Council grant and then spent four years in New York City pursuing his study of jazz music. He graduated with a Masters in jazz from the Aaron Copland School of Music (CUNY/Queens College) in 2006 and is is presently employed as a full-time instructor of saxophone at Dong-Ah Media Arts College in Korea and he is an in demand sideman and leader in the Seoul area. In 2007 he won the first prize in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival competition. He has performed with such musicians as David Braid and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and has released two CDs, which feature his original music and sidemen such as the pianists George Colligan and Aaron Goldberg.

David Smith is a Canadian-born trumpeter currently residing in New York City. He studied and began his professional career in Toronto, and in 2000 he relocated to New York with a study grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Before long he was much in demand on the New York City jazz scene. His debut album as a leader, “Circumstance”, was released in October 2006 featuring Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone. His follow-up disc, “Anticipation,” features Kenji Omae on tenor saxophone.While David’s roots of his music are in classic jazz, he combines elements of classical harmony and counterpoint resulting in a very original compositional style. His approach to the trumpet is also unique, intervallic and harmonically sophisticated yet lyrical and emotional. He has played in many of New York’s finest jazz clubs including the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, Smalls, Cornelia St. Cafe and 55 Bar, as well as clubs in Canada, France, Denmark, Sweden and Haiti.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Peter Hum is a mainstay of the city’s jazz community. While working toward his Master’s Degree in English at McGill University, Peter led a jazz sextet that won the Lowenbrau Jazz Search in 1986 and represented Quebec at the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s Alcan Jazz Competition in 1987.Since the mid-1990s, the self-taught pianist has led or co-led groups that have included musicians Rob Frayne, John Geggie, Petr Cancura, Nathan Cepelinski, Vince Rimbach and Kenji Omae. He considers himself very fortunate to have shared bandstands with such Canadian jazz greats as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons, Pat LaBarbera, Andre White, Joel Miller and Mike Rud. In late 2010, he released his debut recording, A Boy’s Journey, thanks to a grant from the City of Ottawa. Previously, his compositions and performances at the Montreal and Ottawa International Jazz Festivals have been broadcast by the CBC and Radio-Canada. His second CD is to be released in 2014.

Originally from Ottawa, Alec Walkington is one of the most in-demand bass players on the Montreal jazz scene. After studying at St. Francis Xavier University and Humber College, Alec moved to Montreal in 1985. He attained a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University, where he now teaches classes in composition, improvisation and double bass. Alec has played with such visiting artists as Joe Henderson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Heath, Curtis Fuller, Barry Harris, and Maria Schneider.

Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. He has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Joe Sorbara, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, Rosemary Galloway, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, John MacLeod, Ken Aldcroft, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth, John Stetch and Kirk MacDonald.