The Quartet at Merrickville's Jazz Fest, Oct 18, 2014 - Ed [guitar], me, Matt [drums], Paul [bass]

Eight By Eight.MP3

Imaginary Squirrels.mp3

Satin Under Moonlight.mp3

PLEASE   NOTE    -  I am not taking any further bookings for the trio or quartet for 2017

East Side Trio -  or the Quartet  -  are perfect accompaniments for weddings receptions  and  corporate events.

Live music - jazz trio or quartet - for your event

When you don't want a loud, intrusive band during your wedding cocktails and dinner, our music is perfect.  We specialize wedding receptions and corporate events by providing the kind of music that will not intrude on your guests' conversations but will provide great and memorable background music.  Our repertoire contains many of the great jazz tunes that people will remember for years to come.  In addition we also have many of the great pop tunes from the 1950's to the 1980's that will keep your guests humming along.  We play a mainstream jazz style that emphasizes the melody and rhythmic aspects of the tunes.

 East Side Jazz Quartet performed a set of my tunes at Merrickville's Jazz Fest on Oct 18, 2014 and this concert also marked the official release of my CD - Imaginary Squirrels -  and the tunes can be downloaded from my Soundcloud page

 Additionally, if you want to continue with live dance music all night long, I can provide larger groups including 45north with lots of great tunes for a dance.

 Some of my tunes have been selected for streaming play on Outbound Music - Satin Under Moonlight and Eight By Eight were on the top 10 requested list all of 2014 with 'Satin' in the number 1 slot for most of 2014!!


 Comments from our audience - "your music made my evening", "thanks very much, really enjoyed the music",  "you guys were great, thanks".  "Your trio is exceptional.", "you guys are amazing, thank you".  "...thank you for the fine music.  Many people expressed their admiration.  I will certainly recommend you in the future." 

"...thinking of sending you a note thanking you for last night.  Everyone loved your music, and had very positive comments.  Excellent." L.S. 

" Kudos your way...Everyone I spoke to loved your band, and remarked on how you brought something special...a wonderful ambiance.  Thank you.  If you are available, we would like to book you for next year!  I will most definitely recommend you to friends and were fantastic!" J.W.

The trio played a wedding reception at Montebello in Oct 2013 - "We really enjoyed the music. People kept on raving about it. I looked over at my grandmother a couple of times and I could see her just listening to you guys play with a smile on her face.  We think the music was the highlight of the wedding and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your performance."    Maria & Mark


 Merrickville’s Jazz Fest review -


" also heard the first 45 minutes of the East Side Jazz Quartet, who filled the local Legion Hall with attentive listeners. The concert marked the official release of the seven-song CD Imaginary Squirrels, the most recent group of tunes by Ottawa alto saxophonist Ralph Hopper.

For the performance, Hopper was joined by Matt Aston on drums, Ed Stevens on guitar, and Paul Soble on bass. The four songs we heard (all originals) were mellow and melodic modern jazz, well-received by the audience. “Squeaky Beach” (surely one of the more original song titles I've heard) was inspired by an actual beach in south-east Australia. Hopper said the sand really did squeak under their feet there. Like a beach, the music was sunshiny, with a calypso feel and with interesting use of guitar effects.

The CD's title song was inspired by another nice day, as Hopper watched his dog's ears twitch as he dozed and chased squirrels in his sleep. It featured long, easy sax lines over swinging guitar: a comfortable piece for a lazy afternoon."


Here's a partial listing of venues that my groups have performed at:

    Merrickville's Jazz Fest, The Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa Congress Centre, National Arts Centre, Chateau Montebello, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Westin Hotel, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Museum of Civilization, War Museum, Metropolitain Restaurant, NAV Centre in Cornwall, Greyhawk Golf Club, Camelot Golf Club, Britannia Yacht Club, Army Officers Mess, Navy Officers Mess, Air Force Officers Mess, Parliament Hill, Bean Town Ranch, Royal Canadian Mint and Restaurant Eighteen as well as at many private venues for events such as birthday celebrations, wedding receptions and corporate functions & parties.  The only bookings I will not consider are for political party functions.


Here's a partial listing of our jazz 'standards' repertoire:

Ain’t Misbehavin’     All of Me      After you’ve gone      All the things you are      April in Paris

As Time Goes By      At Last      Autumn Leaves      Autumn in New York      Basin Street Blues

Bernie’s Tune      Blue Bossa     Blue Monk      Blue Trane     Blues Walk     Body and Soul

But not for me      Bye Bye Blackbird      Can’t help falling in love with you      Cape Verdean Blues

Cantaloupe Island      Comin’ Home Baby      Don’t Get Around Much      Dogsinthecity [original]

Do Nothing till You Hear from Me      Doxy      Dream a little dream of me      Early Autumn

Eight By Eight [original Latin/swing]      Footprints      Five Spot after Dark      Fly Me to the Moon

Georgia      Here’s That Rainy Day      How High the Moon      I believe in you      In a Mellow Tone

In Walked Bud      In a sentimental mood      Indiana      It’s All in the Game      It’s Only a Paper Moon

I’m beginning to see the light      It don’t mean a thing      It had to be you      It Might as well be spring

I thought about you      I’ve got the world on a string      I’ve got you under my skin      Just the way you are

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