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February 23, 2011

Vancouver Jazz Great Ross Taggart in Concert

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Ross Taggart in Concert
with RAEJIS
Fri & Sat, Feb 25 & 26

Beat Niq, Calgary

Jazz Pianist, Saxophonist to Perform with Calgary Musicians



The Jazz Is Society of Alberta is pleased to present Vancouver jazz great Ross Taggart in concert with RAEJIS (Jazz Is Resident Artists Ensemble) members, Allistair Elliott (trumpet), Keith Smith (guitar), Rubim Di Todedo (bass), Jon McCaslin (drums), February 25 & 26 at Beat Niq Jazz & Social Club in Calgary.

Musician, composer and educator Ross Taggart is renowned for his talents as saxophonist and pianist, his unique voice and impressive skills make him one of the west coast’s most in-demand players. Ross has wowed audiences across North & South Americas, Cuba and Europe.


Taggart is a member of several leading ensembles, including JUNO award-winning Hugh Fraser Quintet, Ian McDougall Sextet, Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI) and Jill Townsend Big Band, among them. He’s also performed and/or recorded with numerous international jazz giants such as Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Charles McPherson and Slide Hampton, as well as Canadian luminaries Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Rob McConnell, Don Thompson and Fraser MacPherson, to name but a few.

Ross’s diverse career includes performances with the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, Colin James, Powder Blues, David Foster and Raffi.


Taggart has released four CDs as leader, his critically acclaimed debut Ross Taggart & Co. (1999); the 2001 live recording Thankfully ; Mysteries and Tall Tales (2001) featuring original music by Ross and pianist Bob Murphy; and A State Of Grace (2002) pairing Ross with vocalist Joani Taylor. Other recordings include projects for CBC radio and television, Hugh Fraser, Ian McDougall and Charles McPherson.

A regarded educator, Taggart has been a faculty member of the Jazz Studies Department at Capilano College since 1998.

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