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Percussionist Graeme Francis plays jazz with a Texas twist and Lethbridge talent

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 I don’t get to a lot of jazz gigs, but was glad to catch and amazing evening of improvised jazz music featuring PEI born, Houston, Texas based percussionist  and  drummer Dr.Graeme Francis at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Wednesday, Nov. 22.

 

 Francis was backed by a couple of Lethbridge’s most seasoned performers– upright bassist Kurt Ciesla and saxophonist Michael Carter.

 

Graeme Francis, Michael Carter and Kurt Ciesla playing the Owl Acoustic lounge, Nov. 22. Photo by Richard Amery

While Francis, who also played music at noon at the University earlier in the day, was the main event, the local talent pretty much stole the show.

 The Owl was packed for the concert with enthusiastic but also enraptured jazz aficionados, who gave Ciesla and Carter rousing  rounds of applause  for their multiple solos.

 

Graeme Francis, Michael Carter and Kurt Ciesla playing the Owl Acoustic lounge, Nov. 22. Photo by Richard Amery

 Carter, seated centre stage, who I’d never seen before, played beautiful lines mostly on soprano saxophone, though he switched to tenor for the last couple songs.

 

 Ciesla got to really show off some impressive skills on upright bass.

 Francis seldom took the spotlight, preferring to let the local talent shine,  though he was alternately using toms, sticks, brushes and even his hands on a couple songs to hold down the rhythm.

 

 There wasn’t a  lot of talk or song introductions, though Francis did introduce a beautiful John Coltrane song “ Equinox”   which let Carter show his best tasty, soulful chops.

 

 The trio was so hot, there weren’t any more notes left to play after their set,  which is what Francis observed after they were called back for an encore anyway.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat editor

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 November 2023 16:47 )  
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