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October 13, 2008

Don Thompson Quartet Canadian Tour 2008

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Don Thompson

Don Thompson Quartet
Canadian Tour 2008

Thompson Leads Quartet of Fellow Jazz Luminaries

Leading Canadian jazz musician, composer and educator, Don Thompson (piano, vibes, compositions) crosses Canada on tour this fall, making stops coast to coast. Joining Thompson for the tour are fellow jazz luminaries, Phil Dwyer (saxophone, piano), Terry Clarke (drums) and Jim Vivian (bass).

Don Thompson is a prolific composer and arranger as well as an internationally regarded master of piano, bass, drums, and vibraphone. His distinct sound is also heard on countless recordings as leader and in collaborations with such greats as Paul Desmond, Lenny Breau, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Kenny Wheeler, George Shearing, Sonny Greenwich and John Handy, to name just a few. He’s also toured throughout Europe, Japan, Brazil, the United States and Canada on numerous occasions, appearing at major festivals and venues.

A native of Powell River, B.C., Don moved to Vancouver in his late teens, spent time in San Francisco with internationally renowned saxophonist John Handy’s group, then finally settled in Toronto in the 60’s, where he played for many years as part of Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass and the Paul Desmond Quartet as well as leading his own ensembles. He is currently a freelancing musician, teacher, member of the group JMOG and his own quartet.

A respected educator, Don was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England (1996), and teaches regularly at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts.

Thompson has been recognized with multiple Junos and Jazz Report Awards and is a recipient of the Art of Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).

Don Thompson Quartet Canadian Tour 2008

Oct 14-Calgary Western Canada High School Amphitheatre

Oct 15-Banff Margaret Greenham Theatre

Oct 16-Brandon The Music Studio

Oct 17-Saskatoon Boffins Club

Oct 18-Edmonton Yardbird Suite

Oct 19-Whitehorse Yukon Arts Centre

Oct 20-Parksville Knox United Church

Oct 21-Qualicum/Nanaimo VIU/KSS (workshops only)

Oct 23-Victoria Hermann’s

Oct 24-Denman Island Denman Hall

Oct 25-North Vancouver Capilano Theatre

Oct 26-Saltspring Island Artspring

Oct 27-Powell River Max Cameron Theatre

Oct 29-Wolfville The Garden Room

Oct 30-Antigonish Nicholson Hall/SFX

Oct 31-Sackville Brunton Hall/Mt Allison U.

Nov 1-Charlottetown Dr. Steel Recital Hall

Nov 2-St. John’s D.F. Cook Recital Hall

for more information visit www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0003408

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