This past Sunday I was lucky enough to catch the Kalmunity Jazz Project play a set at Resonance Cafe. Right from the start there was a very positive vibe in the room, partly because to the causal and relaxed atmosphere of the cafe (comfy seating and low lights) and partly due to the enthusiasm and passion of the members of the band. For this performance the Kalmunity Jazz Project consisted of two saxophones, a piano, a trumpet, a bass, a lead guitar, a singer and two percussionists.
As I sipped my green tea, the band played a variety of original material that melded traditional and modern jazz with soul, afrobeat, hip hop and funk. Each member seemed to be having a great time playing, particularly during their solos. I was especially impressed by the trumpet solo and the tenor saxophone solo. They both showed immense skill and style. The solos were exciting and fun, giving the audience a rush of energy and joy. The trumpet solo was super dynamic, bursting with energy. He was really great at referencing earlier parts of the song, while adding his own unique style. The tenor saxophone solo was funky and fun. When he began to play he walked on to centre stage and sort of created his own weird groove. The rest of the band followed his lead and it created this great moment in which really got the crowd going. It was clear that the Kalmunity Jazz Project were equal parts musician and performer.
The vocalist of the group showed great range. She had a strong R&B voice that she used to scat. She was very much consumed by the performance, swaying back and forth to the music, closing her eyes when she was singing and responding to the playing of the other band members. Not all the songs had vocals and when there were vocals, the other instruments did not act like her accompaniment. It was as if her voice was just another instrument. It was cool that there were two percussionists. One played a basic drum kit, while the other had this cool set up that included various cow bells, tambourines, bongos and shakers. It was interesting to see him integrate all these noises into the music.
Overall the show was really fun and lively. There was many occasions for audience participation, with call and respond scatting, banter with the vocalist and encouragement to dance and have a good time. For more information on the Kalmunity Jazz Project please visit https://www.facebook.com/kalmunityjazz
CKUT’s annual Funding Drive kicks off today, and we’ve got some pretty amazing stuff lined up to help generate support & spread the word. This is the one time of the year where we reach out to the community (that means YOU!) to ask for donations that will help us keep broadcasting for another year. As a wholly freeform, not-for-profit station we rely on help from our own to keep this ship afloat. Having no funding from major corporate advertisers or public funding allows us the freedom to use the airwaves to discuss underrepresented issues, feature oppressed voices, and play the wildest music we can get our hands on. If you want to keep CKUT on the air for another year, now’s your chance to make that happen!
Check out our website for the lowdown on the special programming we have planned for the drive — tons of it happening live from the cafes/bars/streets of Montreal, and we’d love to have you there in person to help us make radio magic.
Like winning things? We’ve wrangled tons of prizes and goodies for those who donate. Peruse the list of treats right here.
This year’s funding drive runs from October 24th – November 3rd. You can donate online, call our FD hotline at 514-907-9424, or drop by the CKUT headquarters at 3647 rue University to make a pledge in person.
We are extra excited that Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red will be joining the Off the Hour crew this evening for a special Prison Radio segment. Catch it on the dial or streaming live from 5-6pm today.