Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble
Saturday January 28, 2017 7:30 pm
Dave Brubeck Quartet fans take note – we are in for a treat with this Remi Bolduc Ensemble tribute to Brubeck, including the great classics “Take Five”, “Three To Get Ready” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk”. The jazz ensemble features Rémi Bolduc, on saxophone, special guest pianist François Bourassa, Fraser Hollins on double bass and Dave Laing, drums.
Teacher and head of McGill University’s jazz department, Rémi Bolduc is considered one of the best jazz alto saxophonists in Canada. He has recorded with double bassist Marc Johnson, who himself performed with Bill Evans, Ben Monder, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Werner and many others. Bolduc’s album, Tribute to Charlie Parker won the Félix award for Best Jazz Album of 2011. In January 2013 he was awarded the Opus prize for Jazz Concert of the Year. His charismatic playing style and dynamic stage presence create a lasting impression on audiences. On Tribute to Dave Brubeck, his latest album recorded in collaboration with the pianist François Bourassa and released to wide public acclaim, the joy these musicians share in playing together is clearly perceptible. Acclaimed at the greatest venues of New York, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and Beijing, Rémi Bolduc captivates audiences with the dazzling virtuosity and stunning maturity of a highly accomplished musician. Rémi is working on a new project: Swingin’ with Oscar!, a programme dedicated to the music of the great Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Rémi Bolduc plays on a Selmer saxophone and Rico reeds.
Pianist and composer François Bourassa, 2007 recipient of the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, leads one of the most active bands on the Canadian jazz scene. Band members include André Leroux (saxophones, flute), Guy Boisvert (bass) and tandem Greg Ritchie or Philippe Melanson (drums), plus Ivorian-Canadian percussionist Aboulaye Koné, a special guest who adds a world-polyrythmical flavour to several tunes. The latest recording, Rasstones, (Effendi/ Fusion3) is the seventh in a widely acclaimed discography. The quartet has toured on three continents, including recent concerts in Beijing, in major jazz festivals around the world, and in legendary locations such as Dizzy’s Club (Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York) during the memorable Québec Jazz series.
Fraser Hollins began his musical studies at Ottawa University and went on to hone his craft in Montreal at Concordia University. Fraser then found himself participating in musical groups with national and international artists, including musicians Dave Liebman, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He currently lives in Montreal, where he teaches at McGill University.
David Laing was born in Kitchener and grew up in a musical family. He studied at McGill University in Montreal and began his professional career shortly thereafter. In the past 15 years he has recorded, toured, and performed with such national and international stars as Jimmy Heath, Junior Cook, Ed Bickert, Denzal Sinclaire and Ranee Lee. He currently resides in Montreal where he also teaches at McGill University.
Local trumpet player and singer Jacob Soucy will open tonight’s concert. After receiving an Outstanding Soloist Award at the 2016 BC Interior Jazz Festival and winning a scholarship from the Vernon Jazz Society, Jacob looks to further his music career by playing throughout the Okanagan with various ensembles. He is inspired by live performances and favourite trumpet players Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis…and his musical peers. He is in Grade 12 at W.L. Seaton Secondary and is part of the school’s award-winning Senior Jazz Band.
Tribute To Dave Brubeck Concert Program:
|In Your Own Sweet Way|
|Three to Get Ready|
|Blue Rondo a la Turk|
|All the Things You Are|
|Far More Blue|
|Charles Matthew Hallelujah|
SINGLE CONCERT TICKETS
Adults – $40 Under 18 – $20
Students on the 8to12 program – $5
Purchase tickets at:
Phone: (250) 549-SHOW (7469)
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3800-34th Street, Vernon
All concerts are held in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.