• Erik Lawrence - baritone saxophone
  • Keith Hartshorn-Walton - tuba
  • Bram Kincheloe - drums

Thursday June 30th 5:00 pm @ National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

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TuBari came together by the love and admiration for the late Howard Johnson shared by saxophonist Erik Lawrence and tuba player Keith Hartshorn-Walton. Along with the very expressive and creative drummer Bram Kincheloe, they have come together in a unique ensemble that features Johnson's two main instruments. Erik and Keith were both performers at a gala tribute concert in Howard's honour in 2019, where they decided they wanted to work together in the future. Erik visited Ottawa the following year for a series of concerts, and Bram was added for a proposed recording that was cancelled due to the pandemic. They persisted, however, producing various projects completed at a distance and combined virtually. They were featured performers at this year's virtual International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and their presentation at the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival will be their first appearance together in person as a trio. Their music draws on soulful jazz and rock classics, original compositions, as well as wild jams and beautiful lyricism that will surprise expectations.

Erik Lawrence has performed with Sonny Sharrock, Chico Hamilton, Levon Helm Band, and many others. He currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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