Robert Fontaine’s Jazz Quartet at Station Theatre

The Smiths Falls Station Theatre is bringing Robert Fontaine and his jazz quartet to town for one night only on Saturday, March 21.

The first of a four-part music series, Jazz Goes to the Movies features Robert on drums, Rick Rango on flugelhorn, Tom Denison on bass and Jean-Pierre Allain at the piano. Fontaine says that what underscores all of their music is jazz with melody — tunes that he enjoys and that the guys in the group enjoy. “I call it contemporary mainstream,” he says, “because it certainly is in that tradition.” Robert’s father was a trumpet player who loved traditional jazz like Louis Armstrong, as well as other big bands of the era like Artie Shaw. “I grew up with that stuff, so I’ve kept this love of melody.”

Fontaine-Teaser-webFor this concert, Fontaine and his group, who have played at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, will perform music from Fontaine’s favourite movie tunes. Robert guarantees that concert-goers can count on hearing tunes like Shadow Of Your Smile and The Summer Knows.

Robert Fontaine is best known in the Ottawa area for his quirky, irreverent movie reviews on CBC Radio 2. In fact, it was while he was visiting the Station Theatre last November to talk about movies and read from his latest book that the idea was hatched for a return — this time with his jazz quartet. The Station Theatre invites all friends of their Film Nights and their season of wonderful plays to come out for a taste of good jazz.

Tickets for the concert are $28, which includes refreshments at intermission, and are available for purchase online at smithsfallstheatre.com. Tickets will be available for pickup the Station Theatre prior to the performance at the prepaid window. Call 613-283-0300 for availability. Tickets may also be purchased for cash at Special Greetings, 8 Russell Street East, and at the door. The concert starts at 8pm.

The Station Theatre also invites everyone to keep in touch with their upcoming shows — great plays and movies like the award-winning Foxcatcher, to be shown on March 27 & 28 at 7:30pm. Foxcatcher is a psychological drama directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. Its a mesmerizing hybrid of true crime and sports drama (Rating: 14A-Substance abuse).

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