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October 12, 2007

Jazz Pianist George McFetridge in Alberta for Two Concerts

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


George McFetridge Trio
Calgary, Oct. 12
Edmonton, Oct. 13

George McFetridge Trio Performs Contemporary Jazz

Pianist George McFetridge travels to Alberta to perform with his trio of bassist John Gray and drummer John May, at Cantos Music Foundation October 12th, and at the Yardbird Suite on October 13th.

A native Edmontonian, McFetridge went from the University of Alberta to Berklee School of Music in Boston, followed by a U.S. tour with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He relocated to Toronto, where he held a teaching position at Humber College (1985-92). During his stay in Toronto he was a co – founder of Unity Records, a cooperative that enabled many Canadian Musicians such as Mike Murley, Barry Elmes, Bernie Senensky and others.

He has performed with many well known artists such as Fraser MacPherson, Woody Herman, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz , Kenny Wheeler, Woody Shaw, Phil Woods and many more, and has toured Europe with Jacek Kochon and Mariusz Kwiatowski. Presently based out of Vancouver George has been leading the quintet Strange Weather (with Dave Say on sax, Steve Holy, bass; and Bernie Arai on drums) and the quartet YT with Say, Arai, and Alan Penfold on trumpet.

George has recorded three albums under his own name, and contributes his work on over a dozen recordings for other greats, including P.J. Perry and Pat LaBarbera among them.

George McFetridge Trio
George Mcfetridge (piano), John Gray (bass), Jon May (drums)
Friday, Oct. 12
Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary
Saturday, Oct. 13
Yardbird Suite, Edmonton

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