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November 25, 2010

Duke Robillard Band Tours Western Canada

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cindy mcleod

blues concerts, Canada

Duke Robillard

Duke Robillard Band
Western Canadian Tour
Nov 25-30, various venues

Duke Robillard Celebrates a Banner Year in 2010

Guitar giant Duke Robillard brings his masterful talents to select western Canadian cities over the next week, performing several dates from Saskatoon west to Vancouver.

One of the most recognized guitar masters today, Robillard has had a banner year in 2010, adding numerous accolades, awards and a new CD to his impressive credits. So far this year Duke has garnered a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album, captured the Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and nominations for Album of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Instrumentalist – Guitar, and is celebrating the release of his latest offering, Passport to the Blues.

A four-time Best Blues Guitarist Winner at the Blues Music Awards, Duke has performed with and/or produced such greats as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, John Hammond, Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon and Long John Baldry, as well as acted as Producer for Joe Louis Walker’s Between a Rock and The Blues, which won Album of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards.

Michael John “Duke” Robillard, born October 4, 1948, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, played in various bands and worked for the Guild Guitar Company before co-founding the powerhouse band Roomful of Blues with pianist Al Copley in 1967, and was a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds (with Kim Wilson), replacing Jimmie Vaughan on guitar. While Robillard may perhaps be best known for his work in the blues idiom, he is also a well-versed in jazz, swing, and rock and roll.

Duke Robillard Band – Western Canadian Dates

11/25/2010 Saskatoon SK / Broadway Theatre
11/26/2010 Calgary AB / Calgary Blues Music Association
11/27/2010 Sherwood Park AB / Festival Place
11/29/2010 Nelson BC / Hume Hotel
11/30/2010 Vancouver BC / The Yale

for more info visit www.dukerobillard.com

November 24, 2010

Esteemed Jazz Ensemble Blends Canadian, American Talents

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada

Our Jazz Noel

Our Jazz Noel
PJ Perry, Neil Swainson, Terry Clark, Bill Mays
Saturday, Dec 11 at 8pm
River Park Church, Calgary

Our Jazz Noel a Featured Evening of Seasonal and Jazz Classics

Esteemed Canadian jazz musicians P.J. Perry (saxophones, flute), Neil Swainson (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums/percussion) join forces with New York based composer, arranger and pianist Bill Mays to present Our Jazz Noel, a concert featuring seasonal and classic favourites in a jazz style.

A rare Alberta appearance for the group, the concert will be held on on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8pm the River Park Church in Calgary. Featured selections will include the music of Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Claude Debussy and Thelonius Monk along with traditional favourites such as Silent Night and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Bill Mays’ prolific career as a pianist, composer and arranger spans more than five decades. Deeply rooted in gospel, jazz, pop and classical genres, the multi-talented artist has received numerous honours and awards, among them performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. No stranger to Canadian audiences, Mays tours annually with the Toronto Chamber Jazz Septet.

Recently returning from his recent work on Broadway, Alberta’s own P.J. Perry is recognized as one of the finest saxophonists in North America. His long list of credits includes two Juno awards and nominations for the Prix de Jazz du Maurier Ltee and the Prix Socan.

Neil Swainson has recorded and toured the world with such jazz notables as Herb Ellis, Moe Koffman, Woody Shaw, Paul Horn and George Shearing. His bass stylings on three Canadian recordings have won Juno awards. He currently writes and records with the collaborative Toronto based group, JMO.

Terry Clarke is one of the most influential drummers and percussionists in jazz today. His credits appear on more than 300 studio and concert albums recorded around the world. The release of Clark’s debut as a leader, It’s about Time, coincided with his being named a member of the Order of Canada. (www.terryclarke.bluemusicgroup.com )

Our Jazz Noel
December 11 at 8pm
River Park Church
3818 – 14a Street SW, Calgary

Tickets $30
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November 2, 2010

Gerry Hebert Quartet CD Release

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cindy mcleod

Gerry Hebert Quartet CD Release

CD Release Concert
Gerry Hebert Quartet
Sunday, Nov 7 at 7pm
Uptown Stage, Calgary

ConversationsFeatures Jazz at its Finest

Calgary’s Gerry Hebert Quartet celebrates the release of their latest jazz offering, Conversations, in a concert featuring music from the CD on Sunday, November 7th at the Uptown Stage. The concert will feature the luminous artistic lineup from the CD, with Hebert on tenor and soprano saxophones, Aaron Young (guitar), Simon Fisk (double bass) and Jon May (drums).

Conversations features all new compositions developed by the quartet, and in the spirit of true collaboration, showcases each of their voices through the virtues of melodic and rhythmic interplay. The result is a series of musical “conversations”. The group’s distinctive sound is a lush, layered affair that reflects a slight western flavour while preserving its trademark clean and rhythmic sound. The release of Conversations will be followed up by a 2010 winter tour.

Formed in 1997, the Gerry Hebert Quartet continues to perform live and release superb recordings, the last two on the Plunge Records label. The group’s debut CD, The Beat Niq Sessions Volume 1: 6th Ave & 2am, was released in 2003 while the followup, Beat Niq Sessions Volume 2: Constructive Interference, followed in 2008.

“Gerry Hebert has created a CD that has a vibe and a mood. This is what makes music more interesting than just a succession of solos. Gerry has created an environment. Bravo!”
Kenny Werner

“Gerry and his seasoned cohorts have reached a new level of subtle artistry – it proves that total commitment to seeking truth through the love of playing ultimately inspires and creates beauty that is beyond description.”
Hugh A. Fraser

“…it’s as if he is bursting every note with a story, a song… I found it inspiring, deeply satisfying and remembered his music long after… “
Dr. Jeremy Brown

for more info visit www.myspace.com/gerryhebertquartet or www.plungerecords.com