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December 1, 2008

Jazz Bassist Ken Lister Debuts Sextet on B.C. Tour

Written by
cindy mcleod

live jazz, Canada


Ken Lister Sextet
Mini-Tour – December

Sextet formed by some of Vancouver’s leading jazz musicians

Juno Award-winning Vancouver bassist and composer Ken Lister debuts a new all-star sextet for an upcoming mini-tour of B.C. dates. The sextet, led by Lister, features Phil Dwyer (tenor sax), Brad Turner (trumpet), Roy Styffe (alto sax) Miles Black (piano) and Jesse Cahill (drums).

The group celebrates the classic Blue Note sextet music of the sixties, including the styles of Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers et al, as well as some original compositions from the 21st century.

Ken Lister has been playing jazz bass professionally since 1983. He is currently based in the Vancouver and Vancouver Island area, where he performs and teaches. Ken has toured extensively across Canada and Australia, the British Isles, Cuba and South America.

Aside from leading his own ensembles, Ken is a member of the Hugh Fraser Quintet, VEJI (the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation) and the Hugh Fraser Quintet and as part of legendary guitarist Pat Coleman’s trio. He’s also shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Slide Hampton, Chucho Valdes, Kenny Wheeler, Joshua Redman, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Rob McConnell, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, Sam Noto, Don Thompson, Tommy Banks, Carol Welsman, Kirk MacDonald, Bob McLaren, Jerry Fuller, Lorne Lofsky, Phil Dwyer, Ingrid Jensen, Misha Piatigorsky, Guido Basso, Joe LaBarbara and many others.

Ken teaches privately, and at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College)

Performances dates:

Wednesday, December 17 at 8pm
The Queen’s Hotel, Nanaimo
$12 adv. – $15 at the door

Thursday, December 18 at 8pm
Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria
$15 at the door

Fri & Sat, Dec. 19 & 20 at 8:30pm
Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver
$12 at the door

for more info visit www.kenlister.com

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