Five Questions With Audrey Ochoa

We were happy to catch up with Edmonton based musician, Audrey Ochoa in advance of her CD Release show for Afterthought. The CD Release show takes place tomorrow (May 20, 2017) at The Yardbird in Edmonton. Find out more about Audrey in this Five Questions With segment!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Audrey Ochoa, Edmonton based trombonist. I just recently completed my trio album Afterthought featuring the musical talents of Sandro Dominelli, Mike Lent and Dallas Budd. My professional dream is to be a member of Beyonce’s horn section.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I identify as a jazz musician but play in as many settings as I can- I’d like to think my writing reflects that, especially in terms of the feel and grooves. I write for the specific musicians I play with and delight at the personality they add to the music. The most important thing for me is a strong, hummable melody. From that melodic foundation I would say my writing is basically pop music, without words played by a jazz quartet or trio

You have a CD Release show coming up. For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

My live performances are energetic. I know this because Edmonton is a cold place and yet I usually manage to break a sweat before the third tune. I try for musical variety at my shows as I make no attempt to hide my love of Rihanna, Broadway or Soundgarden while still trying to honour the fact I’m technically a jazz musician. I also think I’m hilarious and will try, and occasionally fail, to tell a joke at the mic- please expect slow clapping, polite laughter and toe tapping.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I’m most proud of “Afterthought” as a whole composition, but the most intimate song that best describes me and the state of mind I was in while writing this latest album is “There you Were”. So… There you were.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I grew up a fan of Toronto trombonist, William Carn and found the compositions on his album “Other Stories” inspirational. There are many inspiring Canadian musicians, but for right now I’m loving singer-songwriter and fellow Edmontonian Amber Suchy, and Montreal’s Kaytranada.

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