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February 23, 2008

Saxophonist Campbell Ryga at the Cellar

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


Campbell Ryga Quintet
Feb. 29 & Mar. 1
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

Award-winning Saxophonist to Appear With All-Star Quintet

One of the nation’s most highly acclaimed musicians appears at the Cellar in Vancouver February 29th & March 1st, when Campbell Ryga takes the stage with his quintet.

Bandleader Ryga will play alto and soprano saxes with his all-star ensemble featuring fellow Vancouver greats, trumpeter Brad Turner, pianist Chris Sigerson, bassist Doug Stephenson and drummer Blaine Wikjord.

Born in Edmonton in 1961, Campbell grew up in Summerland, BC, traveled extensively including lengthy stays in Vancouver in the early to late eighties, then several years in Toronto before moving back to Vancouver in the mid-nineties, where he still lives.

He has performed around the globe since 1981, touring on 19 occasions, including appearances at the Havana International Jazz Festival, where he has headlined four consecutive years. Much of this touring has been with the internationally acclaimed Hugh Fraser Quintet, of which he is a founding member, forming the association in 1981. He has also appeared at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London on four separate occasions, and crossed Canada touring on 24 separate occasions.

Campbell was honored with Jazz Report Magazine’s Award ‘Canada’s Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2000′, and has received 3 Juno Awards along with two additional nominations, a Grammy nomination and has twice received the Western Canadian Music Award in the Jazz category. He was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2001, for the recording Spectacular.


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