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February 5, 2007

Calgary-Quebec Connection Inspires Jazz Concerts

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Saxophonist Janis Steprans
Friday & Saturday, Feb 9 & 10
Cantos, Calgary

Jazz Connection Results in Calgary Concerts

Quebec City saxophonist, composer, and arranger Janis Steprans will be appearing this Friday & Saturday, Feb. 9 & 10, with RAEJIS (the Resident Artists Ensemble of the Jazz Is Society of Alberta). RAEJIS, formed by Bob Tildesley (trumpet), Sheldon Zandboer (piano), John Hyde (bass), and John De Waal (drums) for this appearance, will perform with Steprans at the Cantos Music Foundation in Calgary.

JUNO Award-winning Janis Steprans, whose sound is influenced by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, is a mainstay on the jazz scene in Quebec. He has appeared at numerous jazz festivals throughout eastern Canada, and in Sweden, Finland and Latvia. Stepran’s recording credits include two CD’s as leader, New Morning (Amplitude, 1992) and Second Set (DSM, 1995); he’s been a featured artist on CBC Radio One and Radio Canada, and a featured sideman on a number of recordings including Jim Hillman’s contemporary jazz JUNO Award-winner The Merlin Factor.

Janis Steprans and John Hyde, who were classmates at the Faculty of Music at McGill University in Montreal during the 70’s, provided this connection between the Quebec and Alberta jazz scene, inspiring the presentation of the upcoming concerts.

for more information visit www.jazzis.org

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 9 &10 8:30 pm
Janis Steprans (alto, tenor saxophone)
with RAEJIS – Bob Tildesley (trumpet), Sheldon Zandboer (piano), John Hyde (bass), and John De Waal (drums)
Cantos Music Foundation / Calgary

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