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March 17, 2011

Jazz Giant Bob Erlendson Releases New CD

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada

Bob Erlendson

Bob Erlendson
CD Release
All About Jazz: Vol 2
Friday, April 1
River Park Church, Calgary

Jazz Master Celebrates Octet CD Release

Bob Erlendson Octet showcases the Canadian jazz icon’s career of original work in the All About Jazz concert on April 1st at 8 p.m., at the River Park Church auditorium in Calgary.

Calgary’s own national jazz legend, Bob Erlendson celebrates the release of All About Jazz: Vol 2, his exciting recording series of original compositions, with the upcoming concert performance.

Considered to be one of Canada’s greatest jazz influences as a composer, arranger, educator and pianist, Erlendson at 80 can honestly say most of his life has been “all about jazz.”

Erlendson possesses a dynamically direct playing style with block chording that at the same time is melodic and perpetuates his vitality as a lifelong writer and performer.

Joining Bob for the April 1st release is an A-list of Calgary jazz musicians, including Al Muirhead (trumpet); Eric Friedenberg, Ian Clayton, Gerry Hebert (saxophones); Carsten Rubeling (trombone); Tyler Hornby (drums) and his brother John Erlendson (bass).

While born and raised in Winnipeg, Erlendson’s tendency to follow work around the country found him also pioneering the jazz scenes in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, which was a hotbed of live jazz activity in the ’80s. As early as the 1950s, he was bringing together some of Canada’s best known jazz players to perform his material, including saxophonist Don DT Thompson and Boss Brass Big Band founder Rob McConnell. Erlendson was the mentor, teacher and friend of famed guitarist Lenny Breau, and is credited with inspiring Breau’s change of direction in music from country to jazz. He returned to live in Calgary in 2008, where he resides to this day.

The April 1st concert will be recorded for release as All about Jazz: Vol 3, later this year. All About Jazz: Vol 2, was recorded at Erlendson’s farewell concert in Toronto – again with an A-list of players including drummer Terry Clarke, tenor saxman Shawn Nykwist and bassist John Erlendson. When complete, the series will total seven CDs of Erlendson’s compositions for octet spanning his 59-year professional music career, plus companion songbooks.

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8 p.m.
River Park Church, 3818 14a Street SW

Tickets: $20 in advance at www.jazzelements.com/store, and at Books on Fourth, 2 – 2100 4th Street SW (403-228-5256). Tix are $25 at the door.

Quotable quote: “In Erlendson we have all the components of jazz legend. He’s made history in several of our cities. He fostered jazz talent that bloomed into greatness.”
— John Keillor, Calgary Herald, Sept. 11, 2007

for more info visit www.boberlendson.com

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