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January 15, 2011

Canadian Jazz Legend Celebrates 80th Birthday

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz news, Canada

Bob Erlendson

Bob Erlendson
80th Birthday Celebration

Fri & Sat, Jan. 14 & 15
Beat Niq, Calgary

Octogenarian Jazz Master Celebrates with Concerts

Dear Readers;

Please find below a release for Bob Erlendson’s 80th Birthday Celebration as submitted by his daughter Jessica.

Turning 80 in January, revered Canadian composer and jazz piano-man Bob Erlendson is doing just that.  “I am so lucky,” said Erlendson. “I’ve been able to make a living playing music all of my adult life.  I can definitely say Jazz is my longest and greatest love affair.”
Performing a collection of original tunes and timeless standards January 14 and 15, 2011 at Calgary’s BEAT NIQ Jazz & Social Club, Erlendson leads The Bob Erlendson Quintet on piano, with Tyler Hornby on drums, Eric Friedenberg on sax, Al Muirhead on trumpet and Simon Fisk on bass.

With a career spanning six decades, Bob Erlendson has been a teacher, mentor, friend and colleague to a veritable who’s who of the Canadian jazz scene and has performed with such luminaries as Boss Brass’s Rob McConnell, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Pepper Adams, Phil Dwyer, PJ Perry, Pat Labarbara, and Lenny Breau.  He was spotlighted in the documentary film about Lenny’s life, The Genius of Lenny Breau.

Erlendson looks forward to the spring release of the live recording, All About Jazz Volume II, which features performances by Juno Award-winning drummer Terry Clarke and Russ Little on trombone.

BEAT NIQ Jazz & Social Club

for more info visit www.beatniq.com       
Phone: (403) 263-1650 for reservations

December 2, 2010

Bluesman Donald Ray Johnson Releases CD

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues CD releases, Canada

Donald Ray Johnson

Donald Ray Johnson
CD Release It’s Time
Fri & Sat, Dec 3 & 4
Blues Can, Calgary

“It’s Time” for Grammy Award Winning Artist

Calgary based blues singer and drummer Donald Ray Johnson releases his latest album, It’s Time this weekend, December 3 & 4, at Calgary’s newest blues venue, the Blues Can.

Featuring Donald Ray’s rich and powerful baritone voice and his solid, crisp drum chops, It’s Time is a collection of originals and blues classics performed by a blend of Calgary greats including long-time compatriots Mike Huston, Ron Casat and Bill Eaglesham, as well a host of guests including Russell Broom, Ralph Moncivais and Gaspard Ossekian.

One of the nation’s finest and most decorated blues musicians, Texas born Donald Ray has made Calgary his home for the past twenty plus years. With a career spanning more than four decades, Donald Ray has created a catalogue of top drawer recordings and captured numerous accolades and honours along the way, not the least of which is a Grammy Award for Best New Artist (1979) while with A Taste of Honey, as well as being voted Best Male Vocalist (2007) by Real Blues Magazine, twice nominated for Maple Blues Awards, and capturing the CBMA Blues Hall of Fame’s Drummer of the Year and Singer of the Year awards for 2009 and 2010.

Donald has toured across North America and Europe as leader of his own group as well as performing/recording with such Blues and R&B luminaries as Phillip Walker, Big Mama Thornton, Smokey Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, and The Isley Brothers.

for more info visit www.donaldray.com

November 26, 2010

Bluesman Joel Johnson Captures Aboriginal Award

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues music awards, Canada

Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson
Best Blues Album
Aboriginal Music Awards

Johnson Takes Award for Best Blues Album

Six Nations’ guitarist Joel Johnson captured the blues award for Best Blues Album of the year at the Aboriginal Awards, held Thursday evening at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Johnson, who took the award for his debut solo album, Blues Joose Vol. 1, was also nominated for Best Male Artist and Single of the Year. The bulk of the 11 category winners will be announced at an awards show this evening at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario.

for more info visit http://www.canab.com/mainpages/events/musicawards.html