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February 26, 2008

Ellis, Branford Marsalis Perform Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Written by
cindy mcleod

Jazz Legends to Perform for Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 5th Annual Gala is set to take place on March 1, 2008 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The evening will feature a showcase of outstanding musical talent, including performances by 2008 Modern Era Inductees Paul Anka and Claude Dubois.

Organizers have announced the all-star lineup will now include New Orleans music icons Ellis and his son Branford Marsalis, who will perform in honour of Canadian jazz luminary, the late Oscar Peterson.

World-renowned saxophonist and three-time Grammy Award winner Branford will perform Peterson’s Wheatland alongside his father, legendary jazz pianist Ellis. The performance marks the debut of the two playing Wheatland together in public. Ellis originally learned the composition in the early 1990’s for his Canadian tour with the Ellis Marsalis Trio.

Other performers scheduled to perform include renowned producer David Foster, Canadian siblings Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Lily Lankin, Jully Black, Canadian jazz vocalist Dione Taylor, up and coming artist Suzie McNeil, gospel choir The Faith Chorale, Serena Ryder, renowned pianist Oliver Jones, reunited girl group Toulouse, Martine St. Clair and Quebec singer Boom Desjardins.

The 2008 inductees include Alex Kramer, regarded songwriter of the big-band era, Paul Anka, known for his many chart-topping hits, and Francophone songwriters André Lejeune and Claude Dubois, whose songs have been performed by French artists around the world.

The evening will also see the induction of the late Oscar Peterson, who will be remembered with the Frank Davies Legacy Award, recognizing his enormous contributions to the development and recognition of Canadian songwriters around the globe.

for more info visit www.cansong.ca

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