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January 25, 2008

Calgary Bassist John Hyde

Written by
cindy mcleod

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John Hyde
Bassist, Composer, Educator

Multi-Talented Musician Performs Jazz, Opera and Pop this Weekend

Calgary bassist John Hyde underscores his versatility and dimension as a player this weekend, making appearances in three different ensembles to perform a wide range of music.

On Friday, February 25, John will form part of the backing band for Onalea Gilbertson, Calgary singer, musician and theatre artist. The group will be opening at the Jubilee Auditorium for New York based East Village Opera Company, a band that fuses rock with opera.

Later that same night John can be found at local jazz club Beat Niq with contemporary jazz group Manic Thematic. Formed by the trio including Hyde, guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer and drummer Andy Ericson, this group is known for their original mainstream and bop compositions and their tight sound.

Saturday night John makes a second appearance at Beat Niq, this time to perform as part of the Canada/US hybrid group comprised of fellow Calgarian Tyler Hornby (drums) and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Band with Ronald Carter (reeds), Steve Sveum (reeds), Todd Williams (saxophone) and Reginald Thomas (piano). This consortium is currently involved in the Band Director Academy 2008, a symposium dedicated to jazz education presented by IAJE.

In great demand both on the stage and in the studio, John Hyde’s skillful and multi-faceted talent has seen him working with such notables as Marion McPartland, Bill Watrous, Oliver Jones, and Mark Murphy, his pop credits including vocal greats K.D. Lang and Jann Arden, his classical resume including Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, New Works Calgary and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the world of dance with his work with Decidedly Jazz Dance and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and recently, the theatre production, The River (based on Joni Mitchell).

for more info visit www.johnhyde.com

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