Medicine Hat Jazz Festival 2010

I’m not a jazz music enthusiast. However, after living in this fair city for nearly nine years now, my wife and I thought we’d check out at least one gig in our Medicine Hat Jazz Festival. Of course, it also motivated us to go when a best friend of ours and her husband had purchased tickets for last night’s concert at the Esplanade and she offered them to us free of charge! 🙂

   At any rate, we were not disappointed. We definitely got our money’s worth! It was a double bill concert featuring: Outer Bridge Ensemble, a New York based quintet, playing mostly original music, with a guest trumpeter, New Yorker James Zollar; and veteran Montreal jazz vocalist, Ranee Lee and her band.

   I especially appreciated the well-balanced performance of Outer Bridge Ensemble—each band member shared one of their original compositions with the audience. This is a very creative band, I’m sure the jazz world can expect more inspired creativity from them.

   While Ranee Lee does not seem to favour her own works; she did fabulous renditions of Summertime and the living is easy and ended the concert, after a standing ovation with Joni Mitchell’s Both sides now. O yes, her band were a talented lot too. Her guitarist Richard Ring, I would guess, is of retirement age and still grooving to the beat.  

   Like I said at the beginning I don’t listen to jazz on the radio or buy any CDs; however, last night neither my wife nor I were disappointed. Hat’s off to Hatter and jazz aficionado Lyle Rebbeck, producer of the JazzFest, along with members of the Medicine Hat Jazz Society and their merry crew of volunteers for their hard work and planning. The JazzFest is one more good reason to live in Medicine Hat!

   For more information on the Medicine Hat JazzFest, check out their website here.

About dimlamp
I am, among other things, a sojourner, a sinner-saint, a baptized, life-long learner and follower of Jesus, and Lutheran pastor. Dim Lamp: gwh photos:

One Response to Medicine Hat Jazz Festival 2010

  1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Glad to learn that you enjoyed the Jazz music. Sounds like a perfect concert for one just being introduced to the genre.

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