At his highly successful CD launch on May 21, Gaby Warren gave a shout-out to JazzWorks, thanking Judy Humenick, John Geggie and the jazz camp for helping him in his musical development. Fittingly, three members of the jazz camp faculty were in his band — pianist Nancy Walker, drummer Nick Fraser and Geggie on bass.
This is not the only bit of JazzWorks-related CD news. Another faculty member, Garry Elliott, has just released a beautiful CD, entitled Pre-Dawn Skies. It features Garry on guitar along with Steve Boudreau on piano. All the songs on the CD are originals by Garry and Steve.
Two summers ago, Steve too was at camp, as part of the faculty.
Those who were at camp last summer will remember a gorgeous composition played by three guitarists (Garry, Kim Ratcliffe and Kevin Barrett) as part of the faculty concert. That tune, called Folk Like, is on the CD. (For further information, contact Garry as firstname.lastname@example.org.)
One further bit of exciting CD news concerns the live recording by the Rob Frayne Dream Band of its Fourth Stage Concert last November. The CD is in the editing stage. I have heard a rough version of it and it is terrific. Too often after you have enjoyed a live performance, the recording of that performance is disappointing. This one is not.
For those who were not there, the 15 piece band is an all-star organization from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, including current JazzWorks faculty members Jim Lewis on trumpet, Frank Lozano on saxophones and Rob Frayne on keyboards, along with guitarist Roddy Ellias, who was front and centre at this year’s JazzWorks winter workshop. Former campers include vocalist Megan Jerome, drummer Mike Essoudry and trumpeter Meiko Taylor. Others include trombonists Mark Ferguson and Ryan Purchase, saxophonists Petr Cancura and Mike Murley, bassist Jim Vivian, flutist Janet Geiger, percussionist Alvaro de Minaya and vocalist Megan Jerome. Most of the compositions and all of the arrangements are Rob Frayne’s.
The band will be performing June 30 during the Ottawa International Jazz Festival on the on the main stage at 8 p.m. Don’t miss it. The finished CDs should be available by then.
By the way, I’m happy to pass on news of other CDs by members of the JazzWorks community. Email me at email@example.com
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About this blog
Tune Up won't be a calendar of events — Ottawa Jazz Happenings takes care of that. But it will discuss events and issues of interest to the JazzWorks community. Journalist, author, trumpet player and a jazz camper since 1999, Charley Gordon is a former vice-president of JazzWorks.