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September 10, 2007

Alberta Jazz Greats in Double-Bass Concerts

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada

Coates’ Original Composition Features Two Basses

There will be some mighty fine jazz this weekend at Beat Niq, when a rare two-bass quartet led by Calgary bassist and composer, Jeremy Coates, performs September 14 & 15. Coates will joined by Edmonton bassist Rubim de Toledo for the concerts, along with pianist Chris Andrew and drummer Andy Ericson. The repertoire will feature a selection of Coates’ original composition, plus some not-often-played standards.

Jeremy Coates is a busy musician, having returned to Calgary to freelance in a variety of formats as he completes the writing involved to finish his doctorate in music theory and composition. These projects include a jazz method book for bass, a concerto for bass and orchestra, a suite for double bass and marimba, and a second solo album.

The talented musician is highly versed on a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric 4, 5, and 6-string basses, as well as tuba, guitar and drumset. Coates’ fifteen years of performing and teaching experience have taken him across North America and abroad, where he performed at such prestigious venues as the Montreux Jazz festival.

He released his debut solo CD in 2005, Notes By Coates, and is currently working on his second release, which will feature original music in jazz, blues, funk, and Afro-Cuban styles. Coates appears on a number of recordings in a range of styles, including work with fusion ensemble Terrain, contemporary pop duo Tegan and Sara, and on Gary Wolfe’s Smooth Jazz album, Sunup, due for release November 1, 2007.

Best known as bassist for the Latin-Jazz group Bomba and as founder of the improv/groove collective reClaim, Edmonton bassist and producer Rubim de Toledo’s passion for Jazz, World and Electronic music keeps him constantly evolving in new directions.

With Bomba, Rubim has performed at every major music festival in Canada and traveled to Cuba, the U.S.A. and Korea. The group has also won several Indie music awards as well as CBC’s Rising Star Award. HIs work with reClaim’ has produced two live CDs, receiving airplay from college radio stations across Canada.

After being commissioned by Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) to compose music for their In Charcoal and Crimson production , Rubim went into the studio and in 2006 released his debut solo CD of the same title, an eclectic marriage of chilled jazz tracks and live drum n’ bass beats incorporating Brazilian influences.

Edmonton pianist Chris Andrew and Calgary drummer Andy Ericson fill out the quartet. The two in-demand players can be found on a number of albums and in a wide variety of live performance settings.

for more information visit www.jeremycoates.com

September 14, 15
Jeremy Coates Quartet
Jeremy Coates (bass), Rubim de Toledo (bass), Chris Andrew (piano), Andy Ericson (drums)
Beat Niq, Calgary

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