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March 1, 2006

Toronto Saxophonist Richard Underhill on Tour

Written by
cindy mcleod

Saxophonist Richard Underhill’s ‘Moment in Time’

Saxophonist Richard Underhill visits Edmonton with his Quintet on Friday to perform in concert at the Yardbird Suite. The date is one of several that sees the musician touring western Canada to promote the national release of his latest CD ‘Moment in Time’. The tour hits major western Canadian cities including Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon.

Originally best known as the founding member and leader of the Shuffle Demons, the Toronto saxophonist is now carving out a reputation as a jazz instrumentalist. The Shuffle Demons performed throughout Canada and in Europe from 1986 to 1997 generating hits such as “Spadina Bus”, “Out of My House”, “Roach” and their own very unique version of “Hockey Night in Canada”.

Underhill is also the leader and arranger for Blue Rodeo’s Bushwhack Horns and is a noted session musician for the likes of Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Amos Garrett, Julius Hemphill and Mike Murley.

In 2002, Richard released “tales from the blue lounge”, an album that features original compositions that touch on important modern jazz elements and reference jazz greats from Monk to Mingus to Ornette Coleman. As one might expect from Underhill, the music is quirky and memorable. This CD received the 2003 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

His latest release is “Moment in Time” and features Underhill’s distinctive compositions.


Friday, March 3, 2006
Richard Underhill Quintet
Richard Underhill (alto sax), Chris Gale (tenor sax), Adrean Ferugia (piano), Graig Earle (bass), Sly Juhas (drums)
Yardbird Suite / Edmonton

For more information visit www.yardbirdsuite.com

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