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May 11, 2011

Jazz Giants to Perform Calgary Concert

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Kevin Dean & P.J. Perry
Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30pm
River Park Church, Calgary

Exquisite Pairing of Canadian Jazz Talent

Two of Canada’s leading jazz greats, saxophonist P.J. Perry (Edmonton) and trumpeter Kevin Dean (Montreal) will perform in an all-star quintet on May 17th at River Park Church in Calgary. Joining Perry and Dean are pianist Mark Eisenman, bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Andre White.

All members of the quintet are seasoned professionals who have performed with internationally celebrated jazz players, and all have been involved in writing the music for the tour. Their individual accolades reach far and wide, from awards as musicians, composers and recording producers, to Dean seeing his composition, Andre’s Footsteps, selected to celebrate the United Nations’ 50th anniversary.

Kevin Dean helped develop Canada’s first university accredited jazz studies program at St. Francis-Xavier University; he is currently a professor of music (jazz studies) at McGill.

Often rated by jazz critics as possibly the best saxophonist Canada has ever produced, Calgary-born, Edmonton based P.J. Perry is a favourite of audiences worldwide for his dynamic style.

A skillful soloist, versatile ensemble player and sensitive accompanist, Mark Eisenman received The Jazz Report Award for Acoustic Pianist of the Year in 1999. Although one of the busiest players in Toronto, he also conducts jazz workshops at York University.

Andre White’s debut CD as a drummer and composer, Signal, was cited as the 2001 jazz CD of the year in the Ottawa Citizen. In addition to his drum work with many of North America’s biggest names in jazz, White is a pianist, recording engineer and producer, and an associate professor of jazz studies at McGill University.

Bassist Neil Swainson’s career began with Paul Horn and Woody Shaw, grew during his years as a member of Moe Koffman’s quintet, then sped to fame during a decade of world tours and recording with George Shearing. He has played Calgary innumerable times. 

Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
River Park Church (3818 14a Street SW)
Advance Tickets: $30
at www.jazzelements.com or in person at Books on Fourth (#2 – 2100 4th Street SW, 403-228-5256) and O’Connor’s Mens Wear (1415 1st Street SW, 403-269-4996)

Tix are $35 at the door.

March 17, 2011

Jazz Giant Bob Erlendson Releases New CD

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Bob Erlendson

Bob Erlendson
CD Release
All About Jazz: Vol 2
Friday, April 1
River Park Church, Calgary

Jazz Master Celebrates Octet CD Release

Bob Erlendson Octet showcases the Canadian jazz icon’s career of original work in the All About Jazz concert on April 1st at 8 p.m., at the River Park Church auditorium in Calgary.

Calgary’s own national jazz legend, Bob Erlendson celebrates the release of All About Jazz: Vol 2, his exciting recording series of original compositions, with the upcoming concert performance.

Considered to be one of Canada’s greatest jazz influences as a composer, arranger, educator and pianist, Erlendson at 80 can honestly say most of his life has been “all about jazz.”

Erlendson possesses a dynamically direct playing style with block chording that at the same time is melodic and perpetuates his vitality as a lifelong writer and performer.

Joining Bob for the April 1st release is an A-list of Calgary jazz musicians, including Al Muirhead (trumpet); Eric Friedenberg, Ian Clayton, Gerry Hebert (saxophones); Carsten Rubeling (trombone); Tyler Hornby (drums) and his brother John Erlendson (bass).

While born and raised in Winnipeg, Erlendson’s tendency to follow work around the country found him also pioneering the jazz scenes in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, which was a hotbed of live jazz activity in the ’80s. As early as the 1950s, he was bringing together some of Canada’s best known jazz players to perform his material, including saxophonist Don DT Thompson and Boss Brass Big Band founder Rob McConnell. Erlendson was the mentor, teacher and friend of famed guitarist Lenny Breau, and is credited with inspiring Breau’s change of direction in music from country to jazz. He returned to live in Calgary in 2008, where he resides to this day.

The April 1st concert will be recorded for release as All about Jazz: Vol 3, later this year. All About Jazz: Vol 2, was recorded at Erlendson’s farewell concert in Toronto – again with an A-list of players including drummer Terry Clarke, tenor saxman Shawn Nykwist and bassist John Erlendson. When complete, the series will total seven CDs of Erlendson’s compositions for octet spanning his 59-year professional music career, plus companion songbooks.

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 p.m.
River Park Church, 3818 14a Street SW

Tickets: $20 in advance at www.jazzelements.com/store, and at Books on Fourth, 2 – 2100 4th Street SW (403-228-5256). Tix are $25 at the door.

Quotable quote: “In Erlendson we have all the components of jazz legend. He’s made history in several of our cities. He fostered jazz talent that bloomed into greatness.”
— John Keillor, Calgary Herald, Sept. 11, 2007

for more info visit www.boberlendson.com

February 23, 2011

Vancouver Jazz Great Ross Taggart in Concert

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Ross Taggart in Concert
with RAEJIS
Fri & Sat, Feb 25 & 26

Beat Niq, Calgary

Jazz Pianist, Saxophonist to Perform with Calgary Musicians



The Jazz Is Society of Alberta is pleased to present Vancouver jazz great Ross Taggart in concert with RAEJIS (Jazz Is Resident Artists Ensemble) members, Allistair Elliott (trumpet), Keith Smith (guitar), Rubim Di Todedo (bass), Jon McCaslin (drums), February 25 & 26 at Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club in Calgary.

Musician, composer and educator Ross Taggart is renowned for his talents as saxophonist and pianist, his unique voice and impressive skills make him one of the west coast’s most in-demand players. Ross has wowed audiences across North & South Americas, Cuba and Europe.


Taggart is a member of several leading ensembles, including JUNO award-winning Hugh Fraser Quintet, Ian McDougall Sextet, Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) and Jill Townsend Big Band, among them. He’s also performed and/or recorded with numerous international jazz giants such as Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Charles McPherson and Slide Hampton, as well as Canadian luminaries Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Rob McConnell, Don Thompson and Fraser MacPherson, to name but a few.

Ross’s diverse career includes performances with the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, Colin James, Powder Blues, David Foster and Raffi.


Taggart has released four CDs as leader, his critically acclaimed debut Ross Taggart & Co. (1999); the 2001 live recording Thankfully ; Mysteries and Tall Tales (2001) featuring original music by Ross and pianist Bob Murphy; and A State Of Grace (2002) pairing Ross with vocalist Joani Taylor. Other recordings include projects for CBC radio and television, Hugh Fraser, Ian McDougall and Charles McPherson.

A regarded educator, Taggart has been a faculty member of the Jazz Studies Department at Capilano College since 1998.

for tix and more info visit www.jazzis.org