Connor Stewart on the tenor sax. (Photo submitted)

Connor Stewart on the tenor sax. (Photo submitted)

Connor Stewart Trio brings the Big Easy to Crofton

Pat’s House of Jazz kicks off the fall season at the Osborne Bay Pub

Let the good times roll.

New Orleans-based saxophonist Connor Stewart and his trio bring the raw energy and feel-good excitement of the Big Easy to Pat’s House of Jazz in the Crofton Hotel on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Island-raised Stewart and his trio open the fall season at the pub with a program of hot jazz, dreamy ballads and jazz standards.

Stewart began playing professionally five years ago as a 16-year-old and earning a living a year later in New Orleans.

His trio, with bassist Noah Gotfritt and drummer Aaron Levinson, have played and toured in various combinations in Western Canada, the United States, Europe and, as dual citizens, have spent their winters playing in New Orleans.

Stewart, who plays saxophones, clarinet, trumpet, flute and keyboards, has worked as a bandleader and sideman, arranger and studio session musician in the past four years and has been recorded on 14 CDs.

The concert is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, which runs every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Crofton Hotel’s Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave., a stone’s throw from the Salt Spring Island ferry terminal.

Admission is $15. For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit http://croftonhotel/ca.