Primary Colours at Jazz

The Ottawa Jazz Festival’s Programming Director Petr Cancura arranged for Ottawa’s Primary Colours to perform in its new Homegrown Club Series as part of the 2023 Festival – a free series that took place all week at local clubs around the City as a way to give back to local businesses, artists and the community. CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan interviewed pianist and band leader Deniz Lim-Sersan prior to the band’s performance.

Deniz spent much of his interview time discussing his musical hero, the legendary Herbie Hancock who performed on June 30th. Festival organizers arranged for the band to have a personal meet & greet with the renowned artist after his show.

When CBC Radio learned about Deniz meeting with his musical hero, they invited him for a follow up interview with CBC host Hallie Cotnam to discuss how it all came about and what was said.

Recently, on October 20th, Primary Colours launched its first album – All Love. The trio builds upon the traditions of jazz, with influences from iconic acts like Robert Glasper, GoGo Penguin, Tigran Hamasyan and of course Herbie Hancock. Blending acoustic and electric elements, the trio flows between head-nodding grooves and soulful melodies, discovering the unexpected through their improvisational virtuosity.

Primary Colours’ debut album cover – All Love (listen to a sample)

All Love is a persuasive debut from Primary Colours, an electro-acoustic trio with an expansive, personal definition of jazz. Its grooves are compelling, its melodies, both composed and improvised, are singable, and its textures are luscious.” – Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen. 

Recorded and produced by Deniz Lim-Sersan (piano), Chris Pond (bass) and Jose Monchito Garcia (drums), and mixed & mastered by Phil Bova from Bova Sound, the album features a collection of originals from Deniz & Chris, with their signature mix of acoustic ballads, to heavy electro songs with synthesizers and more.