Credit: Sandlin Gaither

Brett Belanger Trio has been playing Forte Jazz Lounge downtown every Wednesday for over a year, and Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., the jazz outfit will share the stage with steel pannist Jonathan Scales and his Fourchestra ensemble. The Belanger Trio is Jonathan Lovett on piano, Ron Wiltrout on drums and Brett Belanger on bass. 

The trio has played more in the last year than ever before, performing a mixture of jazz standards and originals at Forte.

The Belanger Trio is a regular at Forte on King Street | Provided

“When the gig at Forte first started, I was pretty adamant about having a setlist,” Belanger said. “For the past few months, I’ve abandoned the setlist idea. We’ve been taking turns as members of the band picking songs that we are going to do next instead of having it pre-planned. It keeps everyone sharp. I think the crowd picks up on the organic nature of it.”

Scales’ music is complex and fun to listen to, Belanger said: “It’s groove-oriented. And it’s not everyday you get to see someone play a steel pan. It’s really a rare treat.” 

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are available through Forte Lounge.