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September 25, 2008

Canadian Jazz Legends Perform Rare Calgary Concert

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada

Senator Tom Banks

Senator Tom Banks & Campbell Ryga
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 26 & 27
Beat Niq, Calgary

Tom Banks, Campbell Ryga Lead All-Star Quintet

A rare gathering of legendary Canadian jazz musicians will take place on Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27, when Senator Tom Banks, award-winning pianist, composer and arranger, along with Juno winning saxophonist Campbell Ryga lead a stellar quintet featuring Calgary trumpeter Al Muirhead, Toronto bassist George Koller and Vancouver drummer Blaine Wikjord.

Tom Banks “The Senator” is well-known to Canadians as one of our most accomplished and versatile entertainers and an international standard-bearer for Canadian culture.

A Juno Award-winning musician, Tom Banks has achieved international renown as Conductor and/or Music Director for his work with signature events such as The Royal Command Performance (1978), The Commonwealth Games (1978), the World University Games (1983), Opening Ceremonies for EXPO ’86 and the XVth Olympic Winter Games (1988). He has also served as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout Canada and in the United States.

As founding Chairman of the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts, Senator Banks has worked tirelessly to ensure that other promising musicians and performers receive the exposure they deserve right across the country.

The Senator received an Honourary Diploma of Music from Grant MacEwan College (1979) and later that same year, received a Juno Award and the Grand Prix du Disque-Canada. In 1987, he received an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta. In 1990, he received the Sir Frederick Haultain Prize.

In 1991, Tom Banks received the highest honour paid to a citizen of our nation when he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1993, was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Saxophonist Campbell Ryga was honored with a Jazz Report Magazine Award for ‘Canada’s Alto Saxophonist of the Year’ (2000). Two former recipients of this award were Moe Koffman and PJ Perry.

Since 1987 Campbell 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.

Campbell has toured internationally on 19 occasions, primarily to Western Europe and to Latin America, including the Havana International Jazz Festival, where he has performed for four consecutive years. Many of these tours were with the internationally acclaimed Hugh Fraser Quintet, of which he is a founding member (1981). Campbell has performed week long engagements at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London on four separate occasions. Campbell has also been involved in cross country Canadian touring on 24 separate occasions.

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