Lynn Saxberg writes the Ottawa Citizen:
Kathleen Edwards greeted the sold-out audience at the National Arts Centre’s Theatre with a twinkle in her eye and a big smile. “Let’s see if I remember how to do this,” she said.
In her first public appearance on a hometown stage in a couple of years, the Ottawa singer-songwriter took to the spotlight like her old self, doling out equal parts charm, profanity and self-deprecating humour, along with a stellar selection of tunes rendered with some of Ottawa’s cream-of-the-crop jazz musicians.
Jim Bryson will be one of the featured artists this spring as part of the National Arts Centre’s CROSSROADS Jazz Series.
The series is directed by Ottawa Jazz Festival programming manager Petr Cancura, who creates new arrangements that showcase the singer-songwriters’ songs with a jazz twist added by a special live house band. The series is presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
Stittsville’s Kathleen Edwards, a frequent collaborator with Bryson, is kicking off the series on November 24.
The show is on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm in the NAC Studio. Click here for tickets and more info.
From the National Arts Centre website:
“Jim Bryson is one of the finest songwriters working anywhere today. A true master of his craft, he has patiently built a generous and wonderful body of work over the last 20 years, all leading to his brilliant new record,Somewhere We Will Find Our Place. Jim’s lyrics and melodies are profound and perfectly wrought little avant-garde fictions that expand and deepen with repeated listens. They will put down a foundation in your brain, build a house for them to live in. They will make you notice, make you sing, provide good company, challenge, comfort and inspire. The songs onSomewhere We Will Find Our Place are especially superb, each a gem, a world, and with the wondrous and deft production of Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Happiness Project) and the exceptional mixing of Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), Jim Bryson has made a beautiful, career – defining, masterpiece of a record.” – John K Samson
Kathleen Edwards / Photo via National Arts Centre
Quitters owner and Stittsville resident Kathleen Edwards will be one of four featured performers in the National Arts Centre’s CROSSROADS Jazz Series this fall. Here’s a press release from the NAC.