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May 2, 2010

John Stetch Trio Performs Canadian Dates

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada

John Stetch

John Stetch Trio
Regina, Edmonton, Montreal
May 7-10

John Stetch Epitomizes What’s Right With Canadian Jazz

New York based jazz pianist John Stetch brings his trio with Mike Downes and Joel Haynes to his native Canada to perform select dates in Regina (le Bistro – May 7), Edmonton (Yardbird Suite – May 8) and Montreal (Upstairs – May 9, 10).

John Stetch epitomizes all that’s right with Canadian jazz. The acclaimed artist was born in Edmonton, his father a jazz fan who exposed his young son to the music, and uncles who were performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite.

Stetch first played clarinet before choosing piano and spent several years performing ethnic Ukranian music. He went on to earn his music degree in Montreal, toured across Canada, received multiple Juno Award nominations, and has won numerous commissions, grants and awards including the Montreal International Festival’s Prix du Jazz (1998). John has been frequently recorded by CBC and was commissioned to compose a piece for CBC Radio Orchestra’s farewell concert after 70 years.

Relocating to New York City in 1993, Stetch spent a decade as sideman for bassist Rufus Reid, and has since recorded and/or performed with Seamus Blake, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Billy Hart and others.

Stepping out as a solo artist with his 1993 release, Carpathian Blues, Stetch has since released ten albums, including the critically acclaimed trilogy, Ukrainianism, which Downbeat called “one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years.” His latest release, TV Trio, is based on TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. The album received a JUNO nomination and placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, where it remained in the Top 20 for a month.

A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: “Piano Jazz”, with Marian McPartland, “Jazz Set” with Branford Marsalis, “Weekend Edition” with Leanne Hansen, and “Listen Here!” with Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin. Since his 2006 release of Bruxin’, Stetch has brought his own music to such highly regarded venues as The Monterey, Saratoga, and Tanglewood Jazz Festivals, The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, The Chautauqua Institution, The Jazz Standard, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastman’s School of Music, and Sculler’s.

John Stetch teaches at Cornell University and Ithaca College.

for more info visit www.johnstetch.com

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