Friday 21st July at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
On tour, from Alberta, three of Canada's most popular performing & recording jazz musicians.
THE A/B TRIO
Tickets £14 (£28 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
One of Canada's most in-demand small groups, playing the best quality contemporary jazz you are likely to find anywhere. We are lucky to have the opportunity to hear these guys, one of them has a grandmother who lives just up the road ! Not a gig for traditionalists but one that will give most keen jazzers a great thrill.
The AB trio comprises three of Canada's most in-demand performing and recording musicians - Thom Bennett (drums and cymbals), Dan Davis (saxophone), and Josh McHan (double bass). This group is inspired by the open-sounding, chordless groups of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman, as well as being informed by the work of Chris Potter and Ari Hoenig. Their material ranges from inventive re-interpretations of standards to modern, original repertoire. The trio's format is fresh, and their music is at turns, fun, accessible, melodic and compelling.
The group released their second disc, Out West, in February of 2015 with special guest, Canadian jazz legend Mike Murley. The disc premiered at #1 on the national Earshot jazz charts through February and March, and was #1 overall for 2015. The disc has been on heavy rotation on CBC, CKUA, Jazz FM and across the country on campus radio. The disc also peaked at #28 on CMJ, which is extremely rare for a group on Canadian support alone and peaked at #22 on the overall Earshot chart, a category normally dominated by indie rock.
Members of the group have performed with Brad Turner, Brad Shepik, Harry Allen, PJ Perry, Mike Downes, Mike Rud, Kent Sangster and currently teach or have taught at MacEwan University, Alberta College and Keyano College. Says Tommy Banks of their first effort, Take No Prisoners: "The music is all solidly-crafted, and the playing is too. These are no up-and-comers. The performances here are by mature players with lots to say notwithstanding their relatively young ages. A very good piece of work by very good players and craftsmen."
LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).
Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert