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November 17, 2006

Contemporary Jazz Trio Performs Concert Series

Written by
cindy mcleod

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John Geggie Trio Performs Series of Concerts in Ontario, Montreal

Contemporary jazz lovers are in for a treat as the John Geggie Trio performs a series of three concerts this weekend in Ottawa, Kingston, and Montreal. Ottawa bassist John Geggie is joined by saxophonist Christine Jensen (Montreal )and pianist Gery Versace ( New York) for the series.

The Geggie Concert Series offers three great opportunities to hear one of New York’s most in-demand pianists in an intimate small group setting along with two of Canada’s top jazz artists. On Saturday, Nov 18 the group kicks off the series at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The following afternoon the trio appears in Kingston at the Public Library for a concert presented by the Kingston Jazz Society, and later that evening will close the series in Montreal at Upstairs Jazz Bar.

John Geggie is one of Canada’s most in-demand jazz musicians, a versatile musician and creative composer, and has gained wide attention internationally for his work. He has toured extensively with the award-winning jazz group Chelsea Bridge and the Juno-nominated D. D. Jackson Trio. Past performances have included concerts with David Murray, Andrew Cyrille, Donny McCaslin, Ted Nash, Billy Hart, Marilyn Crispell, Myra Melford. Bill Carrothers, Cuong Vu and bassist, Mark Dresser and Tena Palmer. In addition, he continues to maintain a busy concert schedule with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. John is on faculty at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (NY).

Since basing himself in New York City in June of 2002, jazz organist, pianist, and accordionist Gary Versace has quickly become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene, often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Seamus Blake, Ingrid Jensen, Rez Abassi and many others. Versace was voted a “rising star” on the Hammond organ in the 2005 and 2004 Downbeat critics polls, and has been a featured soloist on two critically acclaimed recordings of recent years: accordionist on Maria Schneider’s Grammy-winning “Concert in the Garden,” and as the pianist on John Hollenbeck’s Grammy-nominated large ensemble recording, “A Blessing.”

Saxophonist Christine Jensen has built a reputation as an original voice on both the Canadian and International jazz scene. She has three recordings out as a leader on Effendi Records. As an active composer, arranger and clinician she has frequently recorded projects for the CBC as well as Radio-Canada. She has made numerous festival appearances across Canada both with her big band and small ensembles. Jensen has performed in concert with Donny McCaslin, Maria Schneider, Geoff Keezer, and Kenny Wheeler, and leads her own band with pianist Dave Restivo. She has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qu├ębec, enabling her to study with composers and saxophone teachers Jim McNeely, Dick Oatts, Kenny Werner, and Steve Wilson.

for more information visit www.garyversace.com

Geggie Concert Series

Saturday, Nov 18 8:00 pm
National Arts Centre / Ottawa
www.nac-cna.ca

Sunday, Nov 19 2:00 pm
Wilson Room, Public Library / Kingston

Sunday, Nov 19 8:30 pm
Upstairs Jazz Bar / Montreal

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