Monday, 2 December 2013

What promises to be one of the best jazz shows in Southern Ontario this year takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8 in The Jazz Room in downtown Waterloo.

The John Tank Quartet is coming to town. Tank is an incredible jazz musician based in the East Village in New York City.  He played and recorded with Charles Mingus.  Check out the Mingus recordings of "Me, Myself and Eye," and "Something Like a Bird."  That is John Tank on the tenor saxophone. Tank played as sideman in bands led by Sam Rivers, Calvin Hill, Jack Walrath, George Coleman, Joe Morello, John Blair and Paul Jeffrey, among others. Not bad for someone who was born and raised on Duke Street in downtown Kitchener.

Tank wanted to be a jazz musician so badly in New York City he moved there in 1974 and never left.  He lived there illegally for 15 years before coming forward during an amnesty and getting a Green Card. Based in a tenement on 4th Street in the East Village, he has played all over New York City and toured Canada, England, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Germany. Tank recorded five CDs, the last is called Live at the Registry Theatre, one of the most memorable jazz shows ever held in that beloved venue in downtown Kitchener, just blocks from Tank's childhood home.

For the show on Sunday, Dec. 8, Tank will be joined by Canadian jazz royalty.  Dave Young will be on bass.  Young played bass for Oscar Peterson for 25 years. Bernie Senensky will be on piano.  Bernie has recorded 15 CDs as band leader, garnered multiple-Juno nominations and play jam sessions that lasted all night with Roy Hargrove at Smalls in Greenwich Village.  Bernie is among the very best jazz pianists playing today.  Keeping time for The John Tank Quartet will be Ted Warren, the artistic director of the Grand River Jazz Society and a first-call pro.

Tickets for this show are only $20.  You can buy tickets at Words Worth Books in Waterloo.  Also at Encore Records and Far Out Flicks in Kitchener.  Tickets will also be available at the door.