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August 17, 2007

Regina Jazz Concert Features Youthful Combo

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Young Musicians Carry the Jazz Torch

Jazz Regina presents another concert presentation of its ongoing season Thursday, August 23, when the Derek Friesen Quintet with Carl Bray take the stage for Live at the Theatre Lobby at the Conexus Arts Centre. Forming the balance of the group are Jeff Richardi (tenor saxophone), Alain Bourgois (drums), and Teegan Jeffers (bass).

Regina trumpeter and arranger Friesen, who began his career with the Regina Lions Band, has traveled around the globe. He is familiar to Regina audiences for his work with the FDQ Jazz Quintet, who have performed sold-out ‘Homecoming’ concerts for the last two years. He met saxophonist Richardi and drummer Bourgois at McGill University, where the three are enrolled in the jazz program. Bassist Jeffers attends the University of Saskatchewan.

Pianist Bray, a member of the FDQ Jazz Quintet while still in high school, is now enrolled at Humber College’s music program. Bray was the recipient of the 2006 Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance.

The youthful group will bring their fresh take on contemporary jazz and standards for the upcoming performance.

for more info visit www.reginajazz.com

Thursday, August 23 – 8:00 pm
Jazz Regina
Derek Friesen Quintet
Derek Friesen (trumpet), Jeff Rchardi (tenor saxophone), Carl Bray (piano), Alain Bourgois (drums), Teegan Jeffers (bass)
Conexus Arts Centre, Regina

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