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.
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.
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.
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.
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.