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Just Jazz Presents Jazz Gererations
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 19:00 - 23:30

Lolita’s Lounge is pleased to be home of Just Jazz Friday Nights, offering up a sample of Jazz from all genres including R&B, Funk, Standards, Latin to name a few.  


Grab a date and make it an evening with dinner, wine and fine music.


Doors open at 7pm for dinner, music starts at 9pm.


Cover - $15 cash at the door.  


Guarantee your seat with a dinner reservation. 



Email: to book your reservation.



Two generations of Calgary artists explore their common passion – Jazz! Ben Isenstein (piano), Gabriela Laconsay (bass), Robin Tufts (percussion) and Deb Rasmussen (vocals) experiment with the old, the new and the unexpected. Catch this once-a-year end-of-summer show before Ben and Gabriela head back to Toronto!

Ben Isenstein is a pianist and composer from Calgary, Alberta. Since moving to Toronto in the fall of 2016 to study jazz performance at the University of Toronto, he has quickly established himself among a group of dedicated young performers from across the country. Since beginning studies at the University of Toronto, the journey in music has brought many new connections, lifelong friendships and lessons still to be learned. He received the Stingray award at the Ottawa Jazz Festival workshop in 2019.

Gabriela Laconsay, winner of the 2018 JazzYYC Keith Smith Scholarship for Emerging Artists, is one of the up-and-comers of jazz. She has completed her first year of jazz studies at North Texas and is moving home to Canada to continue her studies in Toronto this fall. Meanwhile, she’s honing her skills at the one VSO’s School of Music Jazz Faculty’s summer jazz workshop as a teaching assistant.

Deb Rasmussen is a jazz singer and songwriter living in Calgary, Canada. Her CD, “Heart Wide Open” features her own songs and several well-loved jazz standards. She has also recorded with the ethno-jazz group “Northern Lights – Altai Khangai”, a collaboration of Canadian jazz and Mongolian traditional musicians. Deb has studied with Madeline Eastman, Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordon, Cheryl Fisher and Dee Daniels and performed at the Calgary Jazz Festival “Party in the Park”, the Giant Steppes Jazz Festival in Mongolia, Lolita’s, the Ironwood and other venues around Calgary.

Robin Tufts is a drummer, percussionist and dance accompanist. Robin is very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing and recording with his own Trio Velocity and many other groups. For 20 years, Robin has been the group leader of accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary. In the past five years, Robin has begun a re-exploration of his life-long passion for spontaneous improvisation. This has led to “Music for Soup”, a series of house concerts featuring performances of spontaneous duets with musical guests Keith Smith, Simon Fisk, Raulito Tabera, Peter Clark, Mark DeJong, Bill Horist, Austin Tufts and Jeremy Brown to date. The Music for Soup project has resulted in the release of seven self-produced limited edition CDs.

Band members

Deb Rasmussen - Vocals

Ben Isenstein - Piano

Gabriela Laconsay - Bass

Robin Tufts - Drums