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January 16, 2007

Jazz Vespers to Feature Canadian Greats

Written by
cindy mcleod

Jazz Vespers in Mill Bay Feature Canadian Greats

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Jazz Vespers Feature Trombonist Ian McDougall, Pianist Ron Johnston

Two of Canada’s finest musicians come together this Saturday to perform Jazz Vespers at the Sylvan United Church in Mill Bay, B.C. Ian McDougall (trombone) and Ron Johnston (piano) will appear in concert for the uplifting service to be accompanied by jazz music.

Victoria trombonist Ian McDougall left the west coast in 1960 to tour Great Britain with the John Dankworth Band. Returning to Canada in 1962, he established a lengthy career as a freelance player, composer and arranger, spanning the nation with his work with . His career spanned the nation from Vancouver to Toronto, working as lead and soloist with Rob McConnell’s Juno and Grammy award-winning Boss Brass through 1991. Ian also was lead trombone and composer/arranger for The Brass Connection, who won the Juno award for best Jazz album in 1982. A highly regarded composer, McDougall’s works have been performed by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Lafayette String Quartet, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Rob McConnell Tentet, and the Toronto Cantata Chorus, among others. Now residing in Victoria, he continues to play, compose, was a sought after educator, which include teaching trombone, composition, and jazz studies at the University of Victoria, leaving there in 2003 as Professor Emeritus. Ian was awarded the University of Victoria’s “Distinguished Alumni” award in 2004.

Pianist Ron Johnston’s early piano influence was Canadian jazz pianist Tommy Banks. At age seventeen Ron studied with Oscar Peterson, and continues to be inspired the playing of Bill Evans, Ron Kenny Baron, Renee Rosnes and Fred Hersch. He has worked and recorded with many great musicians including Guido Basso, Moe Koffman, Fraser MacPherson, Dee Daniels, George Robert, Clark Terry, June Katz, Joanie Taylor, and Paul Horn, with whom he played and toured for seven years. He was also one of the original founding members of the west coast sextet, Pacific Salt, whose work inspired many of the next generation of west coast jazz artists. Ron performs regularly with his own trio and also with his long time friends Oliver Gannon and Ian McDougall in the Ian McDougall Sextet. He also works with his own quartet – the Johnston/Stafford Quartet – with his longtime collaborator Jack Stafford. A gifted and prolific composer, his self-produced solo and trio CD, Remembering Tomorrow, was released in 2004.

Saturday, January 20th – 4:30 pm
Jazz Vespers
Ian McDougall (trombone), Ron Johnston (piano)
Sylvan United Church / Mill Bay, B.C.

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