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November 11, 2007

JUNO Award-Winning Hugh Fraser in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Jazz Is Society Presents
Hugh Fraser Quintet
Fri. & Sat., Nov. 23 & 24
Cantos Music, Calgary

Trombonist, Pianist to Appear With Leading Calgary Jazz Musicians

The Jazz Is Society of Alberta presents JUNO Award-winning pianist, trombonist, and composer Hugh Fraser in quintet Friday and Saturday, November 23 & 24, at 8:00 p.m. at Cantos Music Foundation in Calgary.

Mr. Fraser formed the thirteen-member Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) in 1980, then went on to international success with the Hugh Fraser Quintet from 1986. The Hugh Fraser Quintet has twice won the Juno award for Outstanding Jazz Album: in 1988 for Looking Up, and in 1998 for In the Mean Time (for Best Mainstream Jazz Album; released on Calgary’s Jazz Focus record label).

Hugh has recorded over 100 of his compositions on seventeen albums as a leader and appears on over twenty albums as a sideman including recent releases by Cuban bands Chucho Valdes and Irakere on Bembe Records, Perspectiva on Egrem Records, and Kenny Wheeler on ECM Records. The Quintet tours Europe, North and South American yearly. He was voted 1996 and 1998 Canadian Trombonist of the Year by Toronto’s Jazz Report Awards.

Hugh is currently the Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia and holds an Honourary Doctorate from McMaster University. Hugh has served as the Program Head of Jazz at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts; Head of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England; Head of the University of Ulster Summer Jazz Workshop in Ireland; and is much sought after as a guest clinician by all major progressive institutions.

Mr. Fraser has performed with Jaki Byard, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Eckstein, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Don Thompson, Shorty Rogers, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, Robin Eubanks, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and Jean Toussaint among others.

The Calgary group accompanying Mr. Fraser will consist of John Reid (tenor saxophone, flute), Keith Smith (guitar), John Hyde (bass) and John De Waal (drums). The group will perform original works by Mr. Fraser and jazz standards.

for more information visit www.jazzis.org

Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24
Hugh Fraser Quintet
Hugh Fraser (trombone, piano), John Reid (saxophone, flute), Keith Smith (guitar), John Hyde (bass), John DeWaal (drums)
Cantos Music, Calgary

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