Monday night jazz brings in steady audience

Monday night jazz at the Economy Shoe Shop is bringing in a steady audience thanks to the Rob Crowell Trio.

By Emily Hiltz

The Rob Crowell Trio playing at the Economy Shoe Shop (Emily Hiltz photo)

Monday night jazz at the Economy Shoe Shop is bringing in a steady audience thanks to the Rob Crowell Trio. Monday night jazz has been a tradition at the Economy Shoe Shop since it was started by Glenn Meisner 16 years ago. The Rob Crowell Trio began playing at the eclectic restaurant on Argyle Street in September 2010 and has continued to bring in a growing audience since.

The band’s tenor saxophone player Robbie Crowell, whom the band is named after, is happy to play at the Shoe, not only because he enjoys being involved in the music but also because there isn’t a lot of live jazz in the city.

“This is actually the longest running jazz night in the city,” said Crowell.

The group is made up of the three main members, Robbie Crowell on sax, Larry Bjornson on bass, and Damien Moynihan on drums. However, most nights the trio will have guests come in and play with them. This past Monday night the trio had piano player Tony Rodriquez joining them for the show.

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“It’s awesome,” said Crowell, “because he’s just up from Cuba for a couple weeks.”

The audience on Monday nights is receptive and always excited to hear the music.

“It’s generally an audience of people that are down to see the band,” explained Crowell. However, the audience doesn’t stick to one specific age group. “It’s a really interesting mix, the age range is pretty wide.”

Though the Rob Crowell Trio play at the Economy Shoe Shop on Monday nights they also play with other bands from time to time. Crowell and Moynihan both play with the popular Halifax band the Mellotones and Bjornson plays with the Halifax Stadacona band.

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