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Up Jumped Spring

Ok, so maybe I’m a little ahead of the game with my title.  But I’ve got a lot to look forward to this year and am excited to tell you about it.

First off a big, BIG Thank You to those who came to see our Van Django Bells concerts.  They were a huge success and we just had our first planning meeting for 2015 which means I’ll be back this December – yea!  We are also working on creating a beautiful Christmas cd together which will be available on our 2015 tour.

I’m also in the initial planning stages for recording a cd as well as another concert with my quintet featuring the wonderfully talented Jon Roper – more info on that to come soon.

Looking back, 2014 was a great year musically speaking.  I had the opportunity to work with so many talented musicians including Jon Roper, Graham Howell, Billy Dixon, Van Django, Ron Thompson, Adam Rohrlick, Top City, Joel Fountain, Andrew Mockler, Bob Mahaney trio, and Melissa Howell and the Angelus Singers to name a few.  I want to especially thank both Keith Bennett and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, two very stellar musicians who gave me much encouragement and mentorship this past year.

I’ve got a couple of shows coming up in early February – I hope you can make it.  One is at the fab Ten Ten Tapas and it’s Dine Out that night so a great menu will be available.  As well, I’ll be a featured artist for Burnaby’s newest jazz vespers, Jazz Evensong.

As well, there’s talk of my joining Billy Dixon and the fabulous Soul Train Express at the Cottage Bistro for another Rossini’s Reunion in March.  It will be guaranteed to be a sell out.  And plans are underway for another great night of Soul, R&B and Motown music with Top City so stay tuned and all the best for 2015!


Build it and..

They will come!  I’ve long had a yearning to put on a concert and so I will be doing just that at the quaint and intimate 100_ year old Anne MacDonald Studio in North Vancouver on July 5th.

Anne MacDonald image
Anne MacDonald Studio

And, I’m very excited to be working with some of Vancouver’s hottest musical talent.

First and foremost guitarist Jon Roper – currently busting his musical buns writing arrangements for the show – is an extremely versatile (and funny) musician who, when he’s not rocking out with his indie-funk and hard rock bands, can be found alongside some of Vancouver’s elite of the jazz music scene including cats like trumpeter Al Matheson, bassist Lawrence Mollerup and singer Alita Dupray.

Kickin' Guitarist
Jon Roper

Next, on drums, my fellow VCC alumni Joel Fountain (who is also a terrific singer, songwriter).  It’s been a while since we played together but Joel has been tearing up the musical scene here since returning from the U of North Texas.  He’s performed worldwide at such notable venues as the Blue Note in New York, Riles in Boston, Ronnie Scotts in London, and Jazz Alley in Seattle, and has performed concerts with The Brecker Brothers, Terry Gibbs, Byron Stripling, Diane Schuur & Slide Hampton to name a few.

Joel Fountain
Joel Fountain

Last, but definitely not least, major up and coming Vancouver bassist, James Meger, a grad of Cap U and Montreal’s McGill U, will be rounding out the group.  He’s played alongside the likes of pianist Bruno Hubert, vocalist Jaclyn Guillou and has his own jazz Trio Braveheart.  Although we haven’t yet played together, my sources assure me this young fellow could make a ‘cry in your beer’ country tune turn into a mean groove and soul city – i.e. – anything funky and he’s on it.

James Meger
James Meger

We’re going to do some ‘genre’ bending as it’s sometimes called. Mixing up jazz, blues and pop standards with a little funk and soul thrown in for good measure and creating and performing unique arrangement of some of the world’s best singers and songwriters including Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Roberta Flack, Peggy Lee, Eva Cassidy and more.

We really hope you’ll join us – please click here for the details.