TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

Endangered Blood

NAC Back Stage

NAC Back Stage

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Chris Speed - Tenor sax
Oscar Noriega - Alto sax
Trevor Dunn - Bass
Jim Black - Drums

Formed in 2008 to play a tribute to ailing saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo, Endangered Blood brings together four of the brightest lights of the improvised music scene of the past 20 years: saxophonists Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Jim Black. Endangered Blood is the sound of four long-time colleagues and friends, jazz musicians and composers in their prime, uniting seemingly disparate streams of jazz into a powerful new music that embraces the past and moves courageously into the future. The band’s 2011 self-titled debut album was a highlight of that year, and its 2013 followup—Work Your Magic—continued its exploration of piano-less improvisation in the spirit of Ornette Coleman, while also paying homage to forebears like Lester Young. Writing in The Village Voice, critic Jim Macnie declared: “Fans of post-rock clatter will dig the way the rhythm section puts the pedal to the metal.”

Here’s how to access the Back Stage:

Arriving by car/parking
Please park in P2 in the K, L, M sections. Exit near the Rideau Canal and follow the pink signs that say Back Stage and the helpful staff who will direct you.

Arriving by foot/public transit
We recommend you use the Mackenzie King Bridge entrance. Follow the signs to the NAC entrance then look for the pink signs for Back Stage. Helpful staff will be there to direct you.

Parking for patrons with mobility issues
Please park on P2 in the K, L, M sections and exit near the Rideau Canal. Pink signs and staff will help you get to the Back Stage.