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December 24, 2007

Juno-Award Winning Trombonist Hugh Fraser at Cellar Jazz

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


Hugh Fraser
Sunday, January 6
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

Third Concert in Series Features Music of Hancock, Earth Wind & Fire

On Sunday, January 6th, JUNO award-winning trombonist and composer Hugh Fraser will appear at Cellar Jazz for the third installment of the trilogy of concerts produced by the Canadian jazz legend.

Leading an ensemble featuring 3 saxophones, 4 brass and rhythm section, the trombonist/pianist will perform the music of Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Fraser’s original compositions.

Native Victorian Hugh Fraser has been a positive force to the beautiful world of music for over two decades. He formed the 13 member Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) in 1980, then went on to international success with the Hugh Fraser Quintet from 1986. 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.

Fraser has recorded over one hundred of his compositions on 17 albums as a leader. He won two Juno Awards and many nominations for these recordings, 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.

Currently the Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria, Fraser 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.

Hugh has performed and/or recorded with Jaki Byard, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Ekstein, Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Don Thompson, Shorty Rogers, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, Robin Eubanks, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and Jean Toussaint.

for more information visit www.hughfraser.com

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