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Going Upstream Jazz

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A call reaches Dave Moore on his cell, in the rain. "I'm going to walk and talk with you at the same time," he says. Walking and talking: it's a kind of multitasking taken for granted in this connected, roaming age. Like many musicians in Halifax, Moore is involved in multiple projects. He plays in his own right (a freeform jazz drummer, percussionist and flutist), while booking and promoting shows for various artists and, now, a monthly series at the Paragon, which he presents under his Shades of Colour banner. Saxophonist Paul Cram and Upstream 6.0 check in for this Sunday's evening gig. The series as a whole, according to Moore, will eventually incorporate funk and world music. "We're using jazz as a basis," he says. The sense, spirit and skill of improvisation will tie the whole Paragon series together. This approach extends to a planned visual element to accompany each show, expected to begin later this fall or next year. "We're going to have a painter working on the side to do a portrait of a player or the whole band," he says. The paintings will be auctioned off for an as-yet-unnamed charity.

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