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NEW CANADIAN ART QUARTET
From New York, Halifax and Vancouver
CANADIAN JAZZ SERIES
Michael Blake – saxophone & flute
Chris Gestrin – piano
Peggy Lee – cello
Jerry Granelli - drums
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
Doors at 7:00 p.m.; Show at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets - $24.00 for EJS members; $28.00 for non-members/guests, plus applicable fees.
Saxophonist Michael Blake and drum master Jerry Granelli have launched the New Canadian Art Quartet this autumn. This exciting collective ensemble also includes cellist Peggy Lee and keyboardist Chris Gestrin. The group will be performing original material this November as they prepare to make their first recording.
An enduring presence for the last 30 years, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Michael Blake has built his reputation playing jazz and creative music in New York City after spending his formative jazz years in Vancouver. This visionary composer and arranger has produced a cornucopia of recordings that vary in context and mood. He has played tenor and soprano saxophone with a diverse range of artists including The Lounge Lizards, Charlie Hunter, Henry Butler/Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9 and Ray Lamontagne.
Originally from San Francisco, Jerry Granelli has been one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded musicians in Nova Scotia for over thirty years. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Halifax Jazz Festival and its Creative Music Workshop, an intensive summer program that has been a flagship education program of the festival for two decades. With a career that spans 60 years, Jerry has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Charlie Haden, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Vince Guaraldi. Jerry has recorded over 30 albums. His prolific and genre-crossing music has been recognized by institutions such as the Junos, the Grammy Awards, the National Library of Congress Sound Archives, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He continues to have a profound influence in the cultural community in Nova Scotia and beyond.
Since graduating with a Film Scoring degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1995, Vancouver native Chris Gestrin has become an integral part of the Canadian music scene. As a versatile pianist and multi-keyboardist, composer, engineer and producer he has worked on over 300 albums covering a wide range of musical styles. From avant garde electronic improvisations to greasy soul organ music, introspective piano jazz to top of the charts pop, rock and hip-hop, Gestrin is in high demand for his eclectic talents and ability to bring a high level of musical inspiration to any situation. 11 Juno awards, 4 West Coast Music awards, 2 East Coast Music awards, Aboriginal music awards and a Canadian Folk Music award are just some of the accolades from the numerous projects he has been involved with.
Cellist, improviser, composer Peggy Lee first became interested in collaborating with artists from different mediums and in veering away from the classical path usually associated with cellists when she spent a year-long residency at the Banff Centre in 1988. This led to a move to Vancouver where her first forays into improvisation happened with dancers and eventually led to her meeting and joining guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson in their respective bands. She also became a member of the New Orchestra Workshop, which went on to have interesting and fruitful collaborations with Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, René Lussier, Barry Guy and George Lewis.