NOVEMBER 4-10, 2007 - Yardbird Suite
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NOVEMBER 4-10, 2007 - Yardbird Suite

Our 35th Year, Issue 4 – November /December 2007Publication Mail # 40047729NOVEMBER 4-10, 2007• Michael BatesOutside Sources• Littlebirds Workshops• Yardbird Jazz Festival JamSession hosted by JohnTaylor Quartet• Marty Majorowicz Quartet• Jodi Proznick Quartet• Diana Stabel• Rosemary GallowayQuartet• Don Bradshaw’s Big Idea• D.D. Jackson• Bill George Quartet• Gordon Grdina TrioSee Page 9 for November/December Yardbird Suite ProgrammingEDMONTON JAZZ SOCIETY11 TOMMY BANKS WAY(Corner of 102 St & 86 Ave)EDMONTON AB T6E 2M2

Edmonton Jazz Society’sBoard of Directors2006•2007Jasiek Poznanski • PresidentAdrian Albert • Vice-PresidentShelley Chebry • SecretaryBarry Hull • TreasurerBoard MembersDave Babcock • Chris BrownNorma Davis • Pam JoseyCraig MagillYardbird SuitePROGRAMMING • Adrian Albert, JulieKing, Craig Magill, Jasiek PoznanskiPRODUCTION • Lisi SommerJAM SESSIONS • Don Berner,Raymond BarilLITTLEBIRDS DIRECTOR • Joel GrayFINANCE • Suzanne MorterPRESS RELEASES • Paul WildeTRANSPORTATION • Lonnie HansonHOUSE MANAGER & VOLUNTEERCOORDINATOR • Pam JoseyYardbird Suite Jazz is a registeredtrademark of the Edmonton JazzSociety (1973).Return undeliverable Canadianaddresses to:EDMONTON JAZZ SOCIETY11 TOMMY BANKS WAYEDMONTON AB T6E 2M2YARDBIRDSUITE11 Tommy Banks Way(corner of 102 St & 86 Ave)Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2M2Phone: (780) 432-0428Fax: (780) 433-3773THEYARDBIRDCREWOur Volunteer House ManagersBill Hume • Judy Hume • Pam Josey• Tracy Kolenchuk • Rhonda Netterfield• Mary Richards • Rosalynn Ruptash •Suzanne Slade • Collette Slevinsky •Karen Voller • Gail WoznyYardbird SuiteNewsletterThe Yardbird Newsletter is published fivetimes per year by the EdmontonJazz Society.EDITOR • Jasiek PoznanskiADVERTISING • Shelley ChebryGRAPHIC DESIGN • Kim Deley, Critical PathMarketing CommunicationsDISTRIBUTION • Monique Bielech,Shelley Chebry, Bill HarperPRINTING • Nisku Printers (1980) Ltd.www.yardbirdsuite.comCanadian Publication Mail Product Sales Agreement# 40047729

3SUNDAY • NOV 4MEMBERS $20 • GUESTS $24Doors 7:30pm • Show 8pmMichael BatesOutside SourcesFrom TorontoMONDAY • NOV 5LittlebirdsWorkshopswith Jim Head and Murray SmithLittlebirds Director: Joel GrayMichel Bates - bassQuinsin Nachoff - saxophoneRuss Johnson - trumpetJeff Davis - drumswww.outsidesources.orgwww.quinsin.comwww.russjohnsonmusic.comTUESDAY • NOV 6MEMBERS & GUESTS $3Doors 8pm • Show 9pmYardbird Jazz FestivalJam Sessionhosted by John Taylor QuartetJohn Taylor - bassStuart Crosley - guitarJim Head - guitarMike Gillespie - drumsADVANCETICKETS • TICKETMASTER.CA451-8000• FOR MORE INFO •YARDBIRDSUITE.COMWEDNESDAY • NOV 7MEMBERS $20 • GUESTS $24Doors 7:30pm • Show 8pmMarty MajorowiczQuartetFrom EdmontonMarty Majorowicz - tromboneTom King - pianoJoe Lubinsky-Mast - bassThom Bennett - drumswww.martymajorowicz.comJodi Proznick QuartetFrom VancouverJodi Proznick - bassSteve Kaldestad - saxophoneTilden Webb - pianoJesse Cahill -

4THURSDAY • NOV 8MEMBERS $20 • GUESTS $24Doors 7:30pm • Show 8pmDiana StabelFrom EdmontonCharlie Austin - pianoSteve Frise - guitarThom Golub - bassSandro Dominelli - drumswww.dianastabel.comwww.chrisandrew.cawww.sandrodominelli.comRosemary GallowayQuartetFrom TorontoRosemary Galloway - bassPat LaBarbera - saxophoneGary Williamson - pianoTerry Clarke - drumswww.rosemarygalloway.comFRIDAY • NOV 9MEMBERS $20 • GUESTS $24Doors 8pm • Show 9pmDon Bradshaw’sBig IdeaFrom EdmontonDon Bradshaw - bassMo Lefever - guitarDan Skakun - drumswww.molefever.comD.D. JacksonFrom OttawaD.D. Jackson - solo pianowww.ddjackson.comSATURDAY • NOV 10MEMBERS $20 • GUESTS $24Doors 8pm • Show 9pmBill George QuartetFrom EdmontonGordon Grdina TrioFrom VancouverGordon Grdina - guitarTommy Babin - bassKenton Loewen -

5Michael Bates’ Outside SourcesMichael Bates grew up in Canadaand often worked at the VancouverInternational Jazz Festival. Even thoughhe was exposed to musicians such as SunRa, Thomas Chapin and Dave Holland,he began playing music in hardcore andpunk rock bands and maintains that beinga creative jazz musician is no different:“The music I write and perform is rootedin the jazz tradition, but punk’s ‘Do ItYourself’ ethos has stuck with me. As ajazz musician I take a decidedly punk rockattitude to things.”As a composer and musician, MichaelBates “serves up melodic modernismand contrapuntal elegance” (Time Out,New York) and his influences range fromShostakovich to Ornette Coleman andBad Brains to Joni Mitchell. His debutCD “Outside Sources” was called oneof the best albums of 2004 by CadenceMagazine editor Bob Rusch.His most recent album “A Fine Balance”was released on the German based recordlabel, Between the Lines. It features tencompositions that combine exquisitemelodies and contrapuntal textures withan organic and interactive approach toplaying jazz. From the aggressive groovesof ‘On Equilibrium” to the austere take ona Prokofiev cello sonata, Michael Bates’Outside Sources has been described as “agem that manages to navigate that mostdifficult and rarely traveled road leadingto accessible experimentation. It’s alwaysforward–thinking but it’s also beautiful andwithin the grasp of even the most casualjazz fan.” (Chris Watson, “The View”).Don Bradshaw’s Big IdeaMusic for some of the masses.Don Bradshaw’s Big Idea is what you getwhen three musicians come togetherand mix a wide range of influences andexperiences into a mélange of musicalinterpretations.The bass is never suited to the meek, andDon’s approach is anything but, thanksto years of intense pursuit and onstagetraining with Bob Stroup’s Edmontonbasedgroups of the late 70s and early80s--back in the days when one couldstill play jazz six nights a week, hostingguests and touring heavyweights thelikes of no less than Charlie Rouse andJohn Hicks to name but a couple. Thisgreat drive and swing is present in Don’sbass voice anytime, from experimental tostraight ahead, the strings pulled hard, theintonation divine and the ideas fresh.Guitarist Mo Lefever is particularly inspiredby some of the great musical pioneersof the seventies including Joe Zawinul,Weather Report, Rahsaan Roland Kirk,Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pat Metheny andStevie Wonder. Current favourites includethe likes of Prince, David Fiuczynski, andthe always evolving Medeski, Martinand Wood. Mo’s primary focus of lateis refining her own take on the jazz/funk fusion. Her recently released CD“Unposed” includes everything from tastyarrangements of classics that Mo has trulymade her own, to some fresh and saucyoriginal tunes. The common thread on thisCD is Mo’s understated improvisationsthat flow seamlessly between genres andmoods.Drummer Dan Skakun returned toEdmonton in 1996 from a two year stayin New York preceded by seven years inMontreal. Dan obtained degrees from McGillUniversity (Montreal) and from the AaronCopeland School of Music (NY). Out East,Dan was fortunate to be able to study withall sorts of wonderful people (both in andoutside of formal educational institutions)such as Jimmy Heath, Sir Roland Hanna,Joe Morello, Kenny Washington, VernellFournier and Andre White. Being able tohear so many great musicians playing inthe clubs didn’t hurt either. Dan has oodlesof influences from drummers such as Elvin

6Jones and Philly Joe Jones to bands such asThe Police and Yes.Rosemary Galloway QuartetBassist, composer, and leader RosemaryGalloway pursued musical studies privatelyafter graduating from high school. Shestudied composition with jazz composerTed Moses and Dr. Sam Dolin at the RoyalConservatory of Music in Toronto, andacoustic bass with multi- instrumentalist/composer Don Thompson, and NancicaroleMonohan, Associate Principal, TorontoSymphony Orchestra. In addition, shestudied conducting with conductor/violinistEugene Kash for several years.Work opportunities included radio,television, shows, and appearancesin Toronto clubs with many differentensembles. She has appeared withveteran jazz musicians Clark Terry, WildBill Davison, Vic Dickenson, PeanutsHucko, Maxine Sullivan, Buddy Tate, JayMcShann, Jake Hanna, Warren Vache,Spanky Davis, Doc Cheatham, and manyothers. Toronto name artists includeJim Galloway’s Metro Stompers, JimGalloway’s Wee Big Band, pianist NormanAmadio, flautist/ vocalist Kathryn Moses,and the multi talented Tabby Johnson, toname a few.Rosemary has acted as musical director/arranger/ bassist for her own groups TheSwing Sisters and Velvet Glove. The SwingSisters played a traditional and swing stylerepertoire and made many appearancesin local clubs and at private events. VelvetGlove began from an association withStacey Rowles, trumpeter, (daughter ofpianist Jimmy Rowles). The five piecegroup, comprised of both Canadian andAmerican musicians, has toured theCanadian jazz festivals to critical acclaim.Rosemary is also co-leader, withsaxophonist Jane Fair, of The RosemaryGalloway/ Jane Fair Quintet. Rosemaryhas recently added musical director of thePriscilla Wright All Girl Big Band to her listof credits.Bill George QuartetFor a little over a decade, Bill George hasbeen making his presence well knownon the Alberta music scene. Originallyfrom Calgary, Bill moved to Edmontonright out of high school to study drum setperformance at Grant MacEwan. Comingfrom a musical background of punk andheavy metal, he loved the energy, passionand mindset that came with learning jazz.This also started him on a long and verydiverse road.Upon finishing his studies in college,Bill was introduced to the vast world ofelectronic music. House, breaks, minimal,dub, drum n’ bass and jungle wouldbecome yet another influence and fieldof study in his restless career. This styleof playing has led him to a rather largeinterest in improvised music and all thepossibilities that lay within. Because ofthis diversity Bill has a unique career andsound that has seen him play with Portal,REDRAM, Toque, ReClaim, Modo Trio,Lane Arndt, Jamie Saft, Jerrold Dubyk, TheOrigins Tentet and an upcoming projectwith Modo Trio and Wayne Horvitz.Lately, Bill has been feeling a bite ofcreativity and a willingness to show hisown ideas. These ideas will come aboutin various forms and various groups withdifferent line-ups of some of Alberta’sfinest.Gordon Grdina TrioGordon Grdina is a Vancouver based oud/guitarist whose sound is a combination ofhis interests in mainstream jazz, free-formimprovisation and Arabic classical music.A protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock, heis a well respected contributor to the jazzand world music scenes and is constantlybeing sought out for projects that need afresh sound.

7Songlines has just released “Think Likethe Waves” a special SACD that is theculmination of all of Gordon‘s artisticendeavors. The band features GaryPeacock on bass and Paul Motian ondrums.His main touring ensemble Box Cutteris a genre-bending modern Jazz quartetfeaturing François Houle. Their initialrelease on Spool is entitled “Unlearn”.As a freelance musician Gordon hasperformed or recorded with EyvindKang, Paul Motian, Gary Peacock, JohnStowell, Francois Houle, and virtually all ofVancouver’s top improvisers.D.D. JacksonD.D. Jackson is an award-winning jazzpianist/composer whose work spans 12CD’s as leader or co-leader (includingtwo for the major label RCA Victor/BMG)featuring almost entirely original material.His most recent CDs are Serenity Song(2006 Justin Time), Suite for New York(2003 Justin Time) (a meditation on theevents of 9/11), and Sigame, a Latin-tingedwork featuring drummer extraordinaireDafnis Prieto. Jackson’s theatre workincludes the recently premiered operaentitled “Trudeau: Long March/ShiningPath” on the former Canadian PrimeMinister and the musical-comedy“Depressed, Depressed” written withChicago City Limits veteran Carl Kissin.Jackson performs all over the worldwith his groups and has also appearedand recorded with some of the mostdistinguished names in jazz includingsaxophonists David Murray and drummerJack De Johnette. Jackson also writes aregular column for Downbeat magazineentitled “Living Jazz” and maintains therelated “D.D. Jackson Living Jazz Podcast”.“D.D. Jackson is, at his best, the mostinventive pianist under 50, dashing acrossthe keyboard with preternatural speedyet never losing his classical grace andprecision or his left-hand bluesy roots....”Fred Kaplan,The Absolute SoundMarty Majorowicz QuartetAlthough he is young, Marty has enjoyeda diverse career including stints withthe Canadian Forces and on cruiseships. Marty has been featured on CBCrecordings with Tilo Paiz and has appearedat the Saskatoon Jazz Festival and theRevelstoke Blues and Beats Festival.Marty has shared the stage with Junowinners Hugh Fraser and Johnny V, andGrammy winning Cuban jazz pianistChucho Valdes. A recent graduate of theBMus/BEd program at the University ofAlberta, he maintains a busy schedule ofperforming and composing.“Marty Majorowicz is one of the mosttalented and driven young musical artistsI have had the pleasure of working with inmany years. As a totally literate artist, hehas the rare ability to participate in a vastlywide range of musical environments andparticipate in the most inspired manor.”Hugh Fraser,two time Juno winnerJodi Proznick QuartetVancouver-based Jodi Proznick obtainedher Bachelor of Music from McGillUniversity under the tutelage of MichelDonato, Eric Legace and Alec Walkington.She performed extensively in Montreal,appearing in club and concert venuesas well as on local television and radioprograms with artists such as RaneeLee, Joel Miller, Christine Jensen, KellyJefferson, Michel Cusson (of Uzeb), AndréWhite, Steve Amirault, Greg Clayton andmany others.Since moving to Vancouver in 2000, Jodihas become a first call bassist. She hasplayed with international jazz stars such asGeorge Coleman, David Fathead Newman,

8Ed Thigpen, Charles McPherson, SheilaJordan, Seamus Blake, Eric Alexander,Ryan Kisor, Eddie Henderson, EddieDaniels, Mark Murphy, George Colligan,Kitty Margolis, Houston Person and IngridJensen as well as many of the bestCanadian and Vancouver jazz performers.She has been featured on over a dozenrecordings including a recent releasewith the Tilden Webb Trio featuring thelegendary David Fathead Newman.A highlight for Jodi was opening for OscarPeterson with the Oliver Gannon Quartetat the Orpheum in the summer of 2004.Also In 2004, Jodi won the Galaxie RisingStar Award of the Vancouver InternationalJazz Festival with her own group, theJodi Proznick Quartet. The group releasedtheir debut CD Foundations on Cellarlivein October of 2006. She is a member ofmany critically acclaimed groups includingthe Tilden Webb Trio, the Joel HaynesTrio, the Jill Townsend Big Band and theWeeds/Minemoto Quartet.10K 20 Project. The result of it is Diana’sdebut album, Wave, produced by Junonominee and Canadian Indie Award winnerSandro Dominelli. The album is composedof jazz standards and features some ofCanada’s finest jazz musicians includingChris Andrew on piano, Robert Walsh onguitar, Mike Lent on bass, and SandroDominelli on drums.“Wave rolls across the senses with ahalcyon gently seduces andenchants.”Frederick Kroetsch,Shaw TV Edmonton“Her enthusiasm for and joy in playinginfuses her music with a spirit that’sinfectious and lifts it to another level.”Josephine Ochej,vancouverjazz.comDiana StabelA darling of the jazz and folk genres,Edmonton-based vocalist Diana Stabelcaptures audiences with her seasonedtechnique, sensual and distinctive tone,expressive phrasing, and lucid sincerity.Diana has been a regular in Edmonton’slive music scene for the past six years,including a four-year house gig at the LaRonde Revolving Restaurant, and hermusic has graced the radio airwaves ofCBC and Magic 99.In spring of 2006, Diana was one out ofonly 20 local artists who was awarded agrant from Rawlco Radio as part of their

®NOVEMBER 15 -DECEMBER 16, 2007• Jerrold Dubyk Quartet• The Inhabitants• kaufmann-gratkowskidejoode• Don Berner Quartet• Carl Saunders• Trio Tarana• Dylan van der Schyff/John Butcher/TorstenMuller• The V.S.O.P. Group• Denzal Sinclaire andthe B3 Kings

10YARDBIRDSUITE • EVENTS • YARDBIRDSUITEDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pm unless otherwise statedFRIDAY • NOV 16Jerrold Dubyk QuartetCD Release EventFrom EdmontonJerrold Dubyk - saxophoneTom King - pianoJeff Johnson - bassBill George - drumswww.jerrolddubyk.comSATURDAY • NOV 17The InhabitantsFrom VancouverJ.P. Carter - trumpetDave Sikula - guitarPete Schmitt - bassSkye Brooks - $10 • GUESTS $14MEMBERS $12 • GUESTS $16FRIDAY • NOV 23kaufmann-gratkowski-de joodeFrom Germany/HollandAchim Kaufmann - pianoFrank Gratkowski - clarinets,alto saxophoneWilbert De Joode - $14 • GUESTS $18SATURDAY • NOV 24Don Berner QuintetFrom EdmontonDon Berner - saxophoneJoel Gray - trumpetRob Thompson - pianoMarc Beaudin - bassSandro Dominelli - drumswww.donberner.comMEMBERS $10 • GUESTS $14FRI/SAT • NOV 30-DEC 1Carl SaundersFrom Los AngelesCarl Saunders - trumpetJim Brenan - saxophoneWayne Feschuk - pianoJohn Taylor - bassJamie Cooper - drumswww.carlsaunders.comMEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18

YARDBIRDSUITE • EVENTS • YARDBIRDSUITEDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pm unless otherwise stated11FRIDAY • DEC 7Trio TaranaFrom New YorkRavish Momin - percussionSam Bardfeld - violinBrandon Terzic - oudwww.ravishmomin.comwww.sambardfeld.comSATURDAY • DEC 8Dylan van der Schyff/John Butcher/TorstenMullerFrom Vancouver/EnglandJohn Butcher - saxophoneTorsten Muller - bassDylan van der Schyff - $12 • GUESTS $16MEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18FRIDAY • DEC 14The V.S.O.P GroupBob Tildsley - trumpet, flugelhornDino Dominelli- tenor and soprano saxophonesChris Andrew- pianoJoseph Lubinsky-Mast- bassJamie Cooper- drumsADVANCETICKETS • TICKETMASTER.CA• FOR MORE INFO •YARDBIRDSUITE.COMMEMBERS $10 • GUESTS $14SATURDAY • DEC 15Denzal Sinclaire andthe B3 KingsFrom Toronto/VancouverDenzal Sinclare - vocals, drumsCory Weeds - saxophoneChris Gestrin - organBill Coon - guitardenzalsinclaire.comwww.coryweeds.cawww.chrisgestrin.comwww.billcoon.comMEMBERS $26 • GUESTS $30

12SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSDon Berner QuartetDon Berner is the lead alto player inthe Edmonton Jazz Orchestra and wasco-producer of Edmonton’s Yardbird JazzFestival in 2005 and 2006. He is currentlythe director of the 2007 EdmontonInternational Jazz Festival’s JazzWorksprogram. In addition, he hosts “A Time forJazz” on the CKUA Radio Network eachSaturday afternoon. He can be heard onnumerous CD’s including his own debutCD, “Sextet”. In addition, he has performedwith P.J. Perry, Bobby Shew, Hugh Fraser,Slide Hampton, Bob Stroup, ChuchoValdez, Lew Tabackin, and Tommy Banks,and commercial talents E.C. Scott, FrankieValli, and the Temptations.A former Grant MacEwan Outreachinstructor, he maintains a busy performing,workshop leading, and teaching scheduleand has just released his second album“Fortress of Solitude”.Jerrold Dubyk QuartetWith his debut recording ‘The WayYou See It’, Edmonton’s Jerrold Dubykemerges as a versatile jazz saxophonistwith a distinctive and soulful sound.Created as a reflection of Jerrold’sexperiences spanning his 12 year careeras a jazz musician, ‘The Way You See It’invites listeners to conceptualize their ownimage of what his music evokes.The disc features 8 original compositionswritten by Jerrold, plus an original bydrummer Victor Lewis. Conceived byrecent study and performance experiencesin the New York area for the last numberof years including a Master’s degreefrom Rutgers University in New Jersey,inspiration was taken from the roots ofjazz masters including Joe Henderson,John Coltrane and Ralph Bowen. “TheWay You See It” is a personal reflectionof enthusiasm, honesty, integrity andemotion evident in Jerrold’s playing.‘I wanted to write music whichreflected the era of the jazz legendswhile incorporating some modern popinfluences as well. There is some deeplyenigmatic music on the album, but alsosome whimsical tunes played with astraight ahead approach.’The InhabitantsThe Inhabitants are an instrumental fourpiecegroup from Vancouver, featuring JPCarter on acoustic and amplified trumpet/effects, Dave Sikula on guitar/effects, PeteSchmitt on bass/effects, and Skye Brookson drums. Close dissection of their musicmay reveal elements of experimentaljazz, noise rock and free improvisation.However, the band prefers to approachtheir music without preconception ofgenre, creating a self-defined channel ofcomposition and sound.All active in the Vancouver creative musicscene, the Inhabitants released theirself-titled debut in 2005 (Drip Audio), analbum Down Beat magazine described as“an aural introduction to a dream”. Textura.Org also voiced approval, saying the band“strikes just the right balance betweenexperimentation and structure”. Later thatyear, the group received the CBC GalaxieRising Star Award at the 2005 VancouverInternational Jazz Festival.The current tour is in support of “TheFurniture Moves Underneath”, theirsecond-full length album on the DripAudio label. The album documents a bandcontinuing to push forward into newsonic territory, further exploring a singularapproach to experimental sound, intuitivegroup interplay and instrumental songwriting.kaufmann - gratkowski - de joodeThe improvising chamber trio of AchimKaufmann, Frank Gratkowski, and Wilbertde Joode was formed in 2002. Theysubsequently toured in various Europeancountries and released two CDs, ‘kwast’(Konnex) and ‘unearth’ (nuscope). Theirthird CD, entitled ‘palaë’, will be released

SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOS13by Leo Records in the fall of 2007.Pianist/composer Achim Kaufmann isbased in Amsterdam and has played and/or recorded with musicians such as HanBennink, Michael Moore, Jim Black, MarkHelias, Tristan Honsinger, Wolter Wierbosand Paul Lovens.Composer/multi-reedist Frank Gratkowskileads a quartet with Wolter Wierbos,Dieter Manderscheid, and GerryHemingway. He has also worked withGeorg Graewe, Joëlle Léandre, HamidDrake, Peter Kowald, Misha Mengelberg,and many more. Both Gratkowski andKaufmann have received the renownedGerman SWR award.Wilbert de Joode is currently one of themost sought-after bassists in the world ofcontemporary jazz and improvised music.He is a member of ICP, the Ab Baars Trio,the trio Fuhler-Bennink-de Joode, variousgroups led by Michiel Braam, and hasplayed with Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, DerekBailey, Peter Brötzmann, Sunny Murray,The Ex, Schlippenbach Trio, etc.Carl SaundersUntil recently known and admired primarilyby fellow trumpet players, Carl Saundershas lived and worked in relative obscurityfor many years. Trumpet players knew ofhim for his ability to make the seeminglyimpossible be not only possible, but easyand musical.Yet, whenever he plays in concert,whether with his group or another, Carlinvariably receives standing ovations froman appreciative audience. Even those whocan’t play the trumpet are moved by Carl’sability to get inside a song and make itsing in ways it never has before.Before his first CD release in 1996(“Out Of The Blue”, SNL Records), Carl’srecordings were as a sideman for thebands of Stan Kenton, Bill Holman, BobFlorence, and others.“After years of mesmerizing audiencesaround the world with his unparalleldmastery of the trumpet, Carl Saunders isnow becoming universally recognized asone of the true giants of the art of jazz asboth a lead player and as a jazz soloist...”Ken Preston,L.A. Jazz InstituteDenzal Sinclaire and the B3 KingsToronto-born vocalist/pianist/composer,Denzal Sinclaire has earned a reputationas one of Canada’s most popular malejazz vocalists. His vocal timbre is similarto some of the great singers - Nat KingCole, Johnny Hartman and there are evenglimpses of Johnny Mathis’ jazz days.However, Denzal does have what everyartist strives for. After singing just a fewnotes you know it is him. His trademarkis the joyfulness in his voice and a specialapproach to phrasing a lyric or pushing orlaying back on a beat. He is blessed withexquisite delivery, sensitivity to melodyand a lyrical imagination. For Denzal,singing is as natural as breathing.A multiple Juno Award nominee, andrecipient of the 2004 National JazzAward for “Best Album”, he has gracedthe stages of numerous high-profile jazzfestivals, performed with symphonyorchestras, and starred in his own onehour television special for BRAVO! In2005, Denzal was inducted into the BritishColumbia Entertainment Hall of Fame. Hehas recorded three albums for UniversalMusic, I Found Love (EmArcy); the selftitled,Denzal Sinclaire (Verve); and hishighly anticipated new release, My Oneand Only Love (Verve).The B3 Kings is a seasonal quartetfeaturing Denzal Sinclaire on voice/drums,Cory Weeds on sax, Chris Gestrin on B3organ and Bill Coon on guitar. Their debutCD “Cellar Live Christmas” has beenheralded as one of the best holiday discsto appear in years.Known for his intense funkiness and easy

14SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSsense of swing, Cory Weeds has beena mainstay on Vancouver’s jazz scenefor some 15 years. In addition to hiscollaboration with Hammond B3 organlegend Dr. Lonnie Smith, Weeds hasalso shared the stage with internationalsuperstars such as Lou Donaldson, DavidFathead Newman, Charles McPherson,Harold Mabern, Red Holloway and CharlesMcPherson, to name a few.A graduate of Boston’s prestigious BerkleeCollege of Music, Vancouver native ChrisGestrin is in high demand on the Canadianmusic scene. A versatile keyboardist,composer, producer and engineer, Chrishas worked with a wide range of artistsincluding Randy Bachman, Nickelback, JimByrnes, Michael Blake, Zubot and Dawson, Loudon Wainwright III, Kenny Wheeler,Dave Douglas, Mino Cinelu, Barre Philips,Ben Monder, and Francois Houle. Hehas been nominated for ‘musician of theyear’ in the Western Canadian MusicAwards and his recording, ‘Stillpoint’, onthe Songlines label was listed as one ofthe best albums of 2003 in Downbeatmagazine.Juno nominated guitarist/composer/arranger Bill Coon is one of Canada’smost highly respected and sought aftermusicians. He has been performingprofessionally for over twenty-five yearsand has worked with numerous jazz artistsincluding Jimmy Heath, Chuck Israels,Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, CampbellRyga, Brad Turner, P.J. Perry, Karin Platoand Dee Daniels. His performing andwriting has been documented on over twodozen CD’s to date.Trio TaranaTarana, formed in 2003, is led bypercussionist/composer Ravish Momin.The trio primarily utilizes Indian andEast-Asian rhythms (including Japanese,Afghani, & Indonesian) as the foundationfor a new creative musical experience.They also employ compositions thatseamlessly blend written material withspontaneous group interaction. Theyreleased a critically acclaimed debutentitled “Climbing the Banyan Tree”in 2004, on the Portugal-based CleanFeed Record Label. Of their debut CD, said: “It is fair tosay that Tarana is without precedent inthe world of improvised music. A truesynthesis of North African, South and EastAsian motifs with classical organizationand the immediacy of free improvisationhas probably not existed prior to “Climbingthe Banyan Tree.”Sam Bardfeld (violin) currently tours andrecords as a featured member of BruceSpringsteen’s “Seeger Sessions Band.” Heis also a member of the Jazz Passengersand has worked with jazz and avant-gardelegends John Zorn, Anthony Braxton,Ray Anderson and James Spaulding;pop icons John Cale, Debbie Harry andNancy Sinatra and Latin stars JohnnyPacheco and Dave Valentin among others.He has released two CDs of his owncritically acclaimed music, “Taxidermy”(CIMP, 1999) and “Periodic Trespasses”(FreshSound/NewTalent, 2006).Born in India, Ravish Momin currentlyresides in New York City. He has studieddrumset with Andrew Cyrille and BobMoses. He has worked with a wide rangeof musicians, including vocalist MarieAfonso (ex-Zap Mama), percussionistSusie Ibarra, bassists Wilber Morris andWilliam Parker, violinists Jason Kao Hwangand Billy Bang, guitarists Brad Shepikand Ty Braxton, saxophonists KalaparushMaurice Mc Intyre (AACM), Peter Epsteinand Sabir Mateen, trumpeters RoyCampbell and Raphe Malik, pianist UrselSchlicht’s ExTempore Project, BalafonmasterBalla Kouyate, and experimentalhip-hoppers IsWhat?! (featuring MCNapolean).Brandon Terzic (oud) is a foundingmember of avant-world music group‘Howling Makams’. He has performedand/or recorded with world- renowned

YARDBIRDSUITE • JAMSESSIONS • YARDBIRDSUITE15luminaries such as Hernan Romero, MinuCinelu (percussionist with Miles Davis),David Fiuczinski, Al McDowell, and ShaneShanihan (from Yo Yo Ma’s Silk RoadEnsemble) to name a few. He is currentlyworking on two up and coming albums.Dylan van der Schyff/John Butcher/Torsten MüllerJohn Butcher lives in London andbegan playing saxophone professionallyin the early 80s. He initially workedin jazz (including the ‘BBC Award’winning Chris Burn Group’s “MingusSuite”), contemporary dance and musictheatre. His music ranges through freeimprovisation, various structurings, hisown compositions, multitracked pieces,work with pre-recorded tape, and alsolive electronics. In 1987, he began runningthe record label ACTA, which now has 14releases.A selection of groups he has playedwith include Derek Bailey’s CompanyWeeks, the final version of John Stevens’Spontaneous Music Ensemble, FrisqueConcordance with Georg Graewe, PhilMinton Quartet’s mouthful of ecstasyproject, Fred van Hove’s t’nonet, ButchMorris’ London Skyscraper and theAustrian new-music group Polwecshel.Renowned German bassist Torsten Müllerhas become a valued collaborator on theVancouver creative music scene sincemaking his home there some seven yearsago. He is a fearless improviser whocontinually expands the sonic possibilitiesof his instrument through extendedtechniques.Drummer Dylan van der Schyff excelswhatever the context: mainstream jazzor free-improv settings. He leads hisown group, Bande X, and also works inVancouver bands like Talking Pictures,the Peggy Lee Band, the Chicago-basedtrio Tigersmilk with Rob Mazurek andJason Roebke, and the Amsterdam-basedtrio Kamosc with Michael Moore andAchim Kaufmann. Dylan has recordedwith George Lewis, Dave Douglas, JohnButcher, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark andPaul Rutherford.Chick Coreaand the Freedom BandFeaturing Airto Moreira • Hubert Laws • Eddie GomezSaturday November 24 8pmWinspear CentreCharge By Phone: 780-428-1414Toll Free:

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