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March 10, 2007

Calgary Jazz Quintet Verismo with Guido Basso

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz music live


Guido Basso
with Verismo
Monday, March 26
University of Calgary Theatre

Canada’s King of Trumpet Guido Basso in Calgary

The University of Calgary Department of Music presents Calgary jazz ensemble Verismo in concert with the great Guido Basso, one the country’s finest trumpeters.
The group will appear on Monday, March 26 at 8 pm in the University Theatre as part of the Monday Night Jazz Series.

Verismo, a quintet formed by some of Calgary’s premier jazz musicians, includes Pat Belliveau (tenor saxophone), Jeremy Brown (tenor saxophone), John Hyde (bass), Derek Stoll (piano), and John De Waal (drums). Created in 2002 by saxophonists Brown and Belliveau, the two-tenor saxophone sound has captured audiences across Canada. The group released their self-titled debut CD in 2006, and has been featured on CBC’s Jazz Beat, as well as performed at the Calgary International Jazz Festival, the University of Lethbridge and Beat Niq Café.Verismo plays a mix of original composition written by band members and compositions by jazz composers.

On Monday, March 26, the legendary Guido Basso will join Verismo for a Calgary performance featuring songs from the Great American Songbooks. The Toronto-based Basso is an Order of Canada recipient, and in-demand studio and performance player. He began playing trumpet at nine, and was recognized as a prodigy while at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. When he was 18 years old, he was discovered by legendary singer Vic Damone who took him on his tour. Since that time he has gone on to perform and/or record with such notables as Louis Bellson, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, and Diana Krall among the many. A charter member of Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, Basso has also played with most major Canadian jazz figures. His 2003 release Turn Out the Stars, won a Juno Award and features Basso playing over rich string arrangements by Phil Dwyer.

for more info visit www.ffa.ucalgary.ca

Monday, March 26 8:00pm
University of Calgary Monday Jazz Series
Verismo with Guido Basso
Guido Basso (trumpet), Pat Belliveau (tenor saxophone), Jeremy Brown (tenor saxophone), John Hyde (bass), Derek Stoll (piano), and John De Waal (drums)
University Theatre / Calgary

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