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October 1, 2005

Canadian Jazz and Blues Musicians Join Guitarist John Scofield in a Benefit Concert for New Orleans Musicians

Written by
cindy mcleod

What’d I say! A Hurricane Relief Benefit for New Orleans Musicians

Canadian jazz and blues musicians will join international superstar John Scofield in a benefit concert to be held October 2nd, 2005, at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The concert proceeds will support New Orleans area musicians suffering the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

The Commodore show features John Scofield playing the music of Ray Charles, and will include all-star bands led by Phil Dwyer and Jim Byrnes. Commodore and House of Blues are uniting to produce the event, with net proceeds being donated to the Jazz Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency services, employment opportunities and long-term support to veteran jazz and blues musicians.

British Columbia saxophonist Phil Dwyer has assembled a group of Canadian and international all stars for the show, including Ted Quinlan (guitar), David Pilch (bass), Bob Murphy (Hammond B3), Brad Turner (trumpet), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums).

Joining the spotlight will be blues guitarist/vocalist Jim Byrnes with his Acoustic Band, featuring Steve Dawson (guitar) and Jesse Zubot (violin), percussionist Eliot Polsky and bassist Keith Lowe.

The show will climax with one of the most influential jazz guitarists in the world – John Scofield. His most recent project, That’s What I Say – John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles, is a tribute to one of the most revered musicians of our time. Scofield’s band will include Meyer Statham (lead vocal/trombone), John Benitez (bass/congas/percussion/vocals), Gary Versace (electric piano/Hammond B-3), and Steve Hass (drums/vocals).

Tickets are $35.00 CAD, and are available at www.ticketmaster.ca
For more information visit http://www.coastaljazz.ca

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