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October 18, 2006

Guitarist Oliver Gannon & His Quartet in Vancouver

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Oliver Gannon Quartet
Friday, Oct. 20, 2006
Cellar Jazz

Oliver Gannon Quartet at the Cellar This Friday

Vancouver favourites the Oliver Gannon Quartet will appear at Cellar Jazz this Friday, Oct 20 for a one-night appearance. Guitarist Gannon leads the group featuring Miles Black (piano), Miles Hill (bass), Blaine Wikjord (drums).

Regarded as one of Canada’s finest in jazz, the Oliver Gannon Quartet is a hard-swinging mainstream sound, blending a mix of original and jazz compositions. The Quartet has released two CD’s to date, Live at Cellar Jazz, and That’s What.

Jazz Guitarist Oliver Gannon has been active in the Vancouver and Canadian jazz scenes since the early 70’s, appearing at major jazz festivals throughout Europe, North America, and the former USSR. Aside from his solo career, Gannon can be heard on nearly thirty jazz recordings as a supporting player, including four on the Concord label.

Named Guitarist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2002, a duo album, recorded in 1982 with longstanding colleague, the late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson, won the Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for Best Jazz Album.

The son of irish pianist Joe Gannon, Oliver took up guitar at the age of twenty, when he set off for the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received his bachelor’s degree.

Upon graduation, Oliver headed back to Vancouver, where he became an established studio player, and founded Pacific Salt, a jazz/rock group comprised of himself on guitar, Ron Johnston (piano), Ian McDougall (trombone), Don Clark (trumpet), Tony Clitheroe (bass), and George Ursan (drums).

In 1975, he teamed up with Fraser MacPherson and the result was a series of highly regarded recordings, broadcasts, and tours including the USSR and Europe. That history includes a long list of acclaimed records, concerts, and performances, as well as the inception of PG Music, the brainchild of Oliver’s youngest brother Peter. Today, Oliver works fulltime with Peter, while playing select gigs, including opening for the great Oscar Peterson in 2004.

for more information visit www.olivergannon.com

Friday, Oct 20
Oliver Gannon Quartet
Oliver Gannon (guitar), Miles Black (piano), Miles Hill (bass), Blaine Wikjord (drums)
Cellar Jazz / Vancouver

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