LUNCHTIME ORGAN RECITAL
Christine Purvis, organ
June 6th, 12:15 to 12:45
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
925 Douglas Street
(corner of Douglas and Broughton Streets)
Wheelchair access at 643 Broughton Street, side entrance
An opportunity to enjoy the onset of summer with thirty minutes of glorious organ music,
featuring Christine Purvis, at the organ playing Bach, Stanley, and Healey Willan.
Admission by donation. Proceeds go to support the music ministry at St. Andrews.
Bring your lunch, a friend, a work colleague and Enjoy!
Information: [email protected]
“Canada has found a new jazz ambassador!” – LANCE LIDDLE, BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
Blessed with a lush tone and a myriad of exciting musical ideas, Toronto’s alto saxophonist and composer Allison Au is one of the hottest jazz players in Canada. Her debut CD was JUNO nominated and her second, Forest Grove, won a JUNO for “Best Jazz Album of the Year” in 2016. Au and her quartet also earned the Grand Prix de Jazz at last year’s Montreal Jazz Festival. Todd Pentney piano, Dan Fortin bass, Fabio Ragnelli drums
Ranee Lee has spent a half-century in Montreal, where she nurtured an impressive and multi-faceted career as one of this country’s most admired jazz singers. A member of the Order of Canada, Ranee is also an author and an award-winning actress who gave a memorable musical performance as Billie Holiday. She has recorded 13 CDs for the Justin Time label, and the sidemen on her remarkable set of recordings have included such notable jazz artists as Clark Terry, Red Mitchell, and Oliver Jones. She also won a JUNO for “Best Vocal Jazz Album” in 2010. Ranee’s latest touring show, Dark Divas, is a celebration of the most profound jazz and blues singers of the last century. From Josephine Baker and Pearl Bailey to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Ranee explores this vital legacy as a gifted interpreter and never just an imitator. Expect brilliance! Taurey Butler piano, Dave Watts bass, Richard Ring guitar, Ron DiLauro trumpet, Dave Laing drums
“It is impossible to overstate the genius of Rae who also displays maturity wildly beyond her years …There is ample evidence here that the world is Rae’s to conquer.” – THE WHOLENOTE
Named in CBC’s 2017 list of 35 best Canadian Jazz Musicians under the age of 35, Vancouver vocalist Maya Rae teams up with top notch Victoria musicians John Lee piano, Max Workman bass and Kelby MacNayr drums. Maya Rae is faithfully continuing the tradition of young, prodigious voices taking their incredible talents to the jazz art form. At only 16 years old she has an incredibly bright future ahead.
“The jaw-dropping musicianship … creates a musical experience that has yet to be matched by another group this year.” – LIVEFORLIVEMUSIC
Although best known as members of multiple Grammy-winning jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy, percussionist Nate Werth and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight felt compelled to create their own percussion-centric jazz ensemble. Joined by the virtuosic talents of MonoNeon, the result is Ghost-Note, a musical game-changer that seamlessly blends live and electronic elements into a sonic laboratory that swirls together synthesizers, drum pads, bass, guitars, horns, melodica and vocals into a groundbreaking aural extravaganza that can’t be pigeonholed. Their debut CD, Fortified, jumped to the top of the iTunes jazz chart, and their latest album, Swagism, will be released in April 2018. Their mesmerizing live shows – a trippy mix of the influences of James Brown and the Beastie Boys with the groove-based musical traditions of West Africa, Brazil and Cuba – get people raving. The band also features Xavier Taplin keyboards, Sylvester Onyejiaka saxophone and Michael Jelani Brooks saxophone.
“This kind of music we need to hear in 2018, to revitalize our faith in people and take us from the noisy political arena and back into the dance hall.” – CRITICS AT LARGE
Justin Time recording artist Jerry Granelli is widely hailed all across the nation as one of Canada’s best musicians. Leaving America to live in Halifax in the mid 80s, his exceptional six-decade career has seen him play drums for such superstars as Charlie Haden, Mose Allison, and Vince Guaraldi of A Charlie Brown Christmas. His recorded output is equally impressive. Renowned as a jazz drummer, the 78-year-old Granelli returned to the heartland of the blues with his newest CD, Dance Hall, which has earthy and soulful versions of classics by the likes of Fats Domino, Dinah Washington, and Louis Jordan. He performs with five-time Grammy nominee Robben Ford guitar, known as a significant blues artist and being a member of the jazz fusion bands, The L.A. Express and The Yellowjackets. Also joining them is Bob Lanzetti guitar, founding member of three time Grammy Award-Winning jazz/funk collective Snarky Puppy. The band also features J. Anthony Granelli bass/horn, as well as a four-piece horn section.
“Unloved is a contemporary-jazz album of character and exhilarating drive.” – THE GUARDIAN
ECM recording star Maciej Obara is Poland’s pre-eminent alto sax player, a notable Euro-jazz artist who combines mercurial lyricism, yearning balladry, and powerful, fiery post-bop playing. With a ninth CD, Unloved, recently released, Obara is touring with his long-time quartet Dominik Wania piano, Ole Morten Vaagan bass, and Gard Nilssen drums.
A veteran performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, vocalist Morgan James is a phenomenal talent with a genuine feel for soul music and songwriting. Reckless Abandon, her recent recording of all-original material, proved to be a hit with critics and the public. The charismatic James shows a mature sense of balance on stage that makes an evening with her a memorable delight.
Praised for having “the intuitive musicality of Stevie Wonder”, New Orleans’ Jamison Ross was destined to make his mark on jazz from behind a drum kit. Ross’s debut album, Jamison, showcased his percussive and singing skills in gospel and R&B-inflected jazz compositions that earned a 2015 Grammy nod. His January 2018 Concord release All for One continues to showcase his highly resonant and soulful vocals. Ross is a fresh, dazzling talent.
“The young Sudanese singer and her Brooklyn-based troupe are a riot of melody and beats.” – THE SKINNY
Alsarah & The Nubatones play an eclectic and highly danceable mix of Arabic-inflected East African music. After fleeing her hometown of Khartoum, Sudan with her activist parents, Alsarah relocated to the United States where she was immediately attracted to music, becoming both a performer and, later, a musicologist. A powerful and mesmerizing singer, Alsarah founded The Nubatones in 2010 and has since released two great CDs and toured all over North America and Europe. The band’s so-called “Nubian pop” is a unique fusion representing a bold and beautiful form of contemporary African music. Nahid vocals, Mawuena Kodjovi bass, Brandon Terzic oud, Rami El Aasser percussion
“They make you get up and dance… salsa at its timeless best.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES
The SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA (SHO) is a two-time Grammy winning 13-piece salsa and Latin jazz band setting the standard for New York style, authentic hard core salsa—live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better. Lead by pianist OSCAR HERNANDEZ, the band’s stage presence, rich sound and musical precision leaves audiences mesmerized until the last note. With four Grammy nominations over a 15 year career, this Latin Jazz powerhouse recently released their self-titled fifth album, which features two of America’s great jazz icons, Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. With 13 world-class artists coming together to create an unparalleled musical experience, SHO are sure to make their mark on this year’s TD JazzFest.