Specializing  in  wedding receptions and corporate events

PLEASE NOTE  -  I am not taking any further bookings for the TRIO or QUARTET

My groups include my  jazz trio and jazz quartet as well as my 6-piece band - 45north 

My goal is to exceed your musical expectations, work hard to entertain and for everyone to have fun. 

*  TESTIMONIALS  *

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

Comment from a fan listening in England:  "Absolutely stunning instrumental music and a really outstanding talent, keep up the truly fantastic work, you are amazing! Loved all your beautiful tracks, really professional. God Bless you! Thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts with the world. My very best wishes to you from Reading in England,"  Rob.

On Oct 25, 2014, I played in my 'solo' for cocktails and the trio played for the wedding dinner:

"...you did an amazing job.  The music was great and we got great feedback from all our guests.

It was a pleasure working with you."  Thanks, D&N

I can be reached at my email address:

or phone  613-833-3509

Alternate Takes at the 2007 Ottawa Jazz Festival

We are currently working on a second CD but for now I've posted two tunes from our first CD - Sum Of The Parts

Cowboy Bebop is a tune written and arranged for us by David Braid

Blue Jeans was written and arranged by Rob Lussier for Alternate Takes

I play baritone sax [alto in the photo above] in a 9-piece band called Alternate Takes and we are presently working on getting our second CD of jazz tunes completed.  The band name comes from our repertoire which consists of 'our take' on great jazz tunes. Most of our repertoire is original arrangements either by our leader - Jean Trudel - or by other arrangers who have done charts just for us. 

The band includes 5 horns - trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax, baritone sax - and a rhythm section of - piano, guitar, bass, drums and with this instrumentation we have our own very unique sound.  We have performed at the Ottawa jazz festival and other venues around Ottawa and we would be delighted to play for your event.  

And, I have a 6-piece band, trumpet and sax plus piano/guitar/bass/drums.  Our repertoire includes a large number of great Canadian jazz.   Click the heading at the top of this page to go to the 45north band page for more information.

Merrickville’s Jazz Fest review - Ottawajazzscene.ca

East Side Jazz Quartet – Oct 18, 2014

"OttawaJazzScene 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."


Check out my sextet featuring a core of  Canadian tunes - 45north - click the heading just above......

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Original tunes [socan]

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 

was the official release of the CD

Imaginary Squirrels

the official release happened at our concert at Merrickville's Jazz Fest.  The quartet performed a few of these new tunes and the audience very much enjoyed the show  


The CD contains 7 tunes and you can 

download copies from CD Baby as well as iTunes and other locations

listen/download at my Soundcloud page or contact me 



The first 7 tunes below are on the CD - click the titles

   East Side Quartet performed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in June 2015 and we played a number of these tunes -  videos posted below...

     Here's a few older tunes as well...

Satin Under Moonlight was the #1 requested tune for many weeks during 2014 and 2015 on Outbound Music's 'Gravity' streaming channel.  How cool is that!!

Check out my Soundcloud page at - soundcloud.com/jazzereh 


Ottawa, Ontario, K4C1B8    613-882-8464



Thanks for visiting my web site.  I'm an Ottawa-based jazz musician.  I play saxophone - alto, baritone, soprano and tenor 

If you are looking for a jazz band, I have a 6-piece band, 45northfor events such as conventions, conferences, festivals or private parties where you would like your guests to enjoy wonderful jazz with a core repertoire consisting of Canadian music.  


PLEASE NOTE - I am not taking any further bookings for the TRIO or QUARTET 

 

And for something completely different

ACOUSTIC FRONTIERS is a radio program that airs music from the realm of electroacoustic, acousmatic and computer processed sounds

Each Monday at 12:30 pm until 2:00pm I host/produce Acoustic Frontiers on CKCU FM, 93.1 fm in Ottawa with both live streaming and 'On Demand Archive' on the internet at CKCUFM.com   For a very different radio experience, tune in and have a listen to cutting edge electroacoustic and computer-based sounds that composers have been creating since the mid-1900's. 

I also co-host the great jazz program on CKCU - Swing Is In The Air - which airs each Sunday afternoon between 4 pm and 5.30.  You can tune in live or also listen On Demand from the 'playlist'.

      Michael Lalonde photography    

                  613-677-6727                                    www.mlalondephoto.com

3 of the photos above are by Michael from a wedding reception.  Get in touch with Michael if you are looking for a great photographer for your reception.


3 videos from the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival below.  Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul Soble, bass; Matt Aston, drums and many thanks to Jean Trudel for his work on the videos.

It's unfortunate about the sound but the venue, The Rideau Centre Stage, is far from perfect for sound recording but we're glad to have the videos regardless!