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Gig Pick: Jim Bryson with Petr Cancura’s Crossroads Band – 04.21.17

By Greggory Clark on April 20, 2017

One of the finest songwriters working anywhere today, Stittsville’s own Jim Bryson has released five critically acclaimed solo records, the most recent being Somewhere We Will Find Our Place in 2016.

“Everybody’s a really high level musician in this project and they know this is a one-off show which means they just go for it.”

None of those records have included a band much like the group of renowned jazz musicians, know as Crossroads, who will join up to re-interpret Jim’s songs for a one-night-only performance at the National Arts Centre (NAC).

Canadian saxophonist and TD Ottawa Jazz Festival’s programming manager Petr Cancura leads the band in arranging jazz-influenced takes on the music of Canadian singer-songwriters. Kathleen Edwards, Lynne Hanson, and Jeremy Fisher have all appeared in the Crossroads series, now in its second season at the NAC. Lately the house band has included Roddy Elias (guitar), John Geggie (bass), and Greg Ritchie (drums).

“Everybody’s a really high level musician in this project and they know this is a one-off show which means they just go for it,” said Cancura in an interview with Apt613 contributor Chrissy Steinbock. Writing at the beginning of the 4-concert series, Steinbock told readers to “expect ear-opening takes on familiar tunes, shiny jazz chords,” and lots of play between the musicians on stage.


Jim Bryson and Petr Cancura’s Crossroads Band perform at the NAC Studio (1 Elgin St) on Friday April 21. Tickets cost $39 and are available online at www.nac-cna.ca, by phone, or in person at the NAC Box Office.