Ottawa Jazz Collective

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
7:30 PM – $20

Piano Tuning Donated by Lois Moody

Just a few seats left!  Please call 613-729-0693

Vince Rimbach- saxophones, Peter Hum – piano, Alex Bilodeau – upright bass, Mike Essoudry – drums and Tim Bedner – guitar.

The Ottawa Jazz Collective is a group of some of Ottawa’s best jazz musicians who have come together to pool their talents and music.
Each member of the OJC is a composer and leader in their own right and they each bring their original compositions and experience to form an original jazz collaboration and experience.

The collective’s five composers strive for melodic lyricism, harmonic and rhythmic sophistication and high energy and all original material.

Vince Rimbach – Tenor Sax

In 2001, jazz saxophonist Vince Rimbach released his CD entitled Just One More Thing To Say. The CD received highly favourable reviews. Originally from New Jersey, Vince Rimbach attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied composition, arranging and performance.

Vince studied composition with Herb Pomeroy and his saxophone teachers have included Bill Evans(saxophone), Steve Grossman, Joe Viola, George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi.
Televison, stage, recording and performing credits include: The Temptations, Tomson Highway, Paticia Cano, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, The Artie Shaw Band, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, CJOH-TV, The National Arts Centre of Ottawa, Deux Saisons, CBC Radio, CHEO Telethon, Los Gringos, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, John Geggie, Mike Rudd, The Bill Jupp Big Band, Don Gibbons Quartet, Nothing Personal, Carol Channing, Sid Ceasar, Jerry Van Dyke, Michel Taillefer and Eastern Standard Time, The Superband, The Vince Rimbach Quartet and The Cosmos Sax Quartet.
Vince also shares hosting duties with Karen Oxorn and Ralph Hopper on “Swing is in the Air”, a weekly jazz radio show on CKCU 93.1FM in Ottawa.

Peter Hum – piano

Ottawa jazz pianist Peter Hum strives to make music that uplifts listeners with forthright lyricism, strong evocations of moods, and energetic, unfettered improvising. Largely self-taught, Hum was bitten by the jazz bug when he was a teenager, exposed to the music of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. While attending Queen’s University in Kingston in the early 1980s, he accompanied such visiting musicians as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons and Reg Schwager. Later, while he attended McGill University, Peter was one of the house pianists at the first incarnation of the Upstairs jazz club. He also led a sextet that won the 1986 Lowenbrau Jazz Search and competed in the 1987 Montreal International Jazz Festival’s cross-Canada competition. Since returning to Ottawa in 1990, Peter has performed with Pat LaBarbera, Kelly Jefferson and Johnny Scott, as well as with Ottawa musicians John Geggie, Rob Frayne and Petr Cancura. He released his first CD, A Boy’s Journey, in November 2010.

Tim Bedner, Guitarist

Tim received his undergraduate training at Berklee College of Music and a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at Duquesne University. Tim was an adjunct professor of guitar at Duquesne University for 8 years and since relocating to Ottawa has been hired as a performance instructor for jazz guitar at Carleton University, where his is also the founding director of the the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble. Tim teaches privately and gives workshops and is assistant director of the Carleton University Summer Jazz Camp. Tim has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States and throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region. He has shared a stage with artists as diverse as national fingerstyle champion Pat Donohue; Broadway diva Bernadette Peters; jazz guitarists Mike Rud, Gene Bertoncini, Roddy Elias, Bill Coon; saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake; Pittsburgh veteran jazz drummer Roger Humphries; George Garzone and John Lockwood of the Fringe.

Alex Bilodeau– Bass 

Alex Bilodeau is a graduate of McGill University. He is originally from Ottawa and has become popular on the Ottawa jazz scene over the past few years. He currently looks after the Monday night jazz at Le Petit Chicago. He has also appeared at the Ottawa Jazz Festival and many other venues around Ottawa. Playing with some of the best players in town.

Mike Essoudry – Drums

Mike Essoudry is an active musician in the Ottawa region who is involved in many projects. He is the leader and composer for his brassband group the Mash Potato Mashers which has released 2 CD’s and has toured Nationally with the assistance of the Canada Council. He also leads and composes for the Mike Essoudry Octet which released “Passage” also funded by the Canada Council and is a valuable drummer in many projects ranging in Style from Jazz and Improvised Music to film scores to folk and rock groups throughout the Ottawa region. He has recorded with the Craig Pedesen Quartet, the Megan Jerome Trio, the Back-Talk Organ Trio and the Swampward Orchestra. Mike also maintains an active teaching roster as well as being the accompanist for the mixed ability Dance Company Propeller.