Montreal boasts the world’s largest jazz festival, usually a grandiose and extravagant display featuring some of the world’s brightest jazz (and non-jazz) talent, yet outside those ten summer days, the local jazz scene leaves us wanting more. There are a select few up and coming musicians who show true potential amidst the plethora of students produced by our four universities, yet after a few years in this city these bands seem to lose steam. As the old adage says “To be the best, you gotta beat the best”, or maybe in this case “To be the best, you gotta play with the best.”
New York City is uncontestedly the jazz mecca of the world, yet the number of Montreal musicians attempting the pilgrimage are select and few. Tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas joined the ranks of these courageous few in August 2014. Since establishing himself in the Big Apple, Doxas has been hard at work putting together his own band and writing original music. The band, which features Matthew Stevens on guitar, Zack Lober (another Montreal expat) on bass and Eric Doob on drums, is set to release Rich in Symbols, their Ropeadope debut, in September 2017.
In anticipation of the release, Doxas and acolytes will be debuting a new project entitled “Pieces for Art – NYC 1975-85” on September 29th at the Jazz Gallery in NYC, where each original composition is inspired by some of Doxas’ favorite “No Wave” paintings, sculptures and photographs including works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Keith Haring and Futura. The pieces of art chosen by Doxas will be displayed on the walls of the Jazz Gallery as the corresponding songs are performed by the musicians in what will surely amount to a very enriching evening of visual art and music. Check out the teaser video for the gig below.