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Valdy at the Belfry
Victoria Jazz Fest with Edie
Daponte, with Maureen
photo courtesy Michele
Alix Goolden Hall
|Gigs and Events
- Early this year, gigs with Valdy, at Oak Bay Rec Ctr, with Auntie Kate at the Pike House, a CD
release concert at Hermann's and
a northern BC CD release tour with Maureen
Washington , a new play, Just
an Ordinary Lawyer, with British actor, singer and playwright Tayo Aluko at the
Metro, a Valentine's Day gig at Hermann's
with Edie Daponte, and another at Hermann's with Nick LaRiviere and
- Last year an exciting collaboration with Valdy, and bassoonist extraordinaire Nadina Mackie Jackson. We played at
two wonderful venues, Heliconian
Hall in London and a converted church in Drayton in
November. We're planning more gigs in April and July.
- Aside from my regular gigs at the Empress,
I continue to play
with singers Edie Daponte at Beacon Landing in Sidney and at O Bistro, and Maureen
Washington at O
Bistro, Evedar's, the Grand
Pacific Hotel , where we'll be most Saturdays in
February, and other venues
fairly regularly. Here's a video
of Maureen and me performing The
Christmas Song taped by SHAW TV. And here's a CBC National piece
featuring Maureen and me at a house concert at my nephews', Noah and
Annie's house in Calgary.
- Here's a recent feature article written by Mike Devlin of the Times
Colonist, one from Jennifer
Blyth for West
Shore Magazine (Fall/Winter 2012), another written by Aaren Madden for Focus Magazine,
and a piece on SHAW Cable
about the tuning of the piano at the Vancouver Island Music Festival.
- Check out an interview on influences, composing, and
gigs with Rick Gibbs on his new blog Island
Jazz. Rick's done a fine mention of Valdy's
new album. Also please check out Rick's excellent tribute
Josh Dixon, long-time
friend and drummer with the trio. We miss you dearly, Josh.
- Also check out John
Threlfall's review of Nature
Boy from Monday Magazine on the Press Page.
If you'd like to receive updates and details of where I'll be
performing in the next little while, send me an email and I'll put you on my
piano tracks and arrangements for Maureen
Washington's new CD, to be released January 2017 at
Hermann's and across northern BC.
piano tracks last fall for a CD with Edie
Daponte at Joby Baker's studio near Prospect Lake. Edie's
including many tracks she's written, with some covers as well.
Also on the album were Joey Smith, Damian Graham, Miguelito Valdez,
Monik Nordine, Adrian Dolan, and Richard Moody.
- Joey Smith, Monik Nordine and I
will be recorded a trio CD at Hermann's on November 6th, and I'll be
working on a solo CD at home in the next couple of months.
- also did piano
tracks on a number a cuts for Garnett
- In the fall of
Washington and I produced her
Christmas CD "Christmas
Is" (available at CD Baby), with eleven terrific Christmas tunes
that you don't hear very often. Joey Smith and Damian Graham
rounded out the rhythm section, and there were special appearances by
Dan Lapp, Al Pease, Larry Miller and Duncan Meiklejohn.
Definitely worth checking out. CD release concerts were held in
Prince George and Victoria, and we played a few gigs in Calgary before
Christmas as well.
- Fall of 2011 I worked with Valdy on
his new CD, now available for download at his site. I produced
the CD and played keyboard tracks, train whistles, and fauxbro (that's
our name for a synthetic dobro) tracks.
When we started the project in August, Valdy said "I'll be playing in
Ontario and have a week free, so let's drive up and down the 401 and
find studios and musicians." So that's what we did, and everyone
phoned that week said "Yes, I'd love to play on your CD!" We've
recorded in Vancouver (rhythm section #1), Crofton (rhythm
section #2, background vocals, Valdy's guitar, mix), 3 different
studios in Ontario (Valdy's vocals, bassoon and trumpet, electric
guitar, and pedal steel guitar), and Victoria (trombone, organ, piano,
accordion and additional tracks). The choir tracks were recorded
at the historic Victoria
Synagogue. We finished the mix in
November, and the CD was released early in 2012.
- In 2011 year I wrote a piece for a concert and
for Gord Clements on bass
clarinet accompanied by strings. Other composers, including Don Thompson and
Tobin Stokes also contributed original pieces. You can hear mine,
entitled Current, here.
- At home I've been recording with a number of new and
exciting singers. In the summer of 2010 Maureen
and I completed Blues
in the Night, just piano and voice.
- Downloads of cuts from previously released CDs Cat
Fud, my Christmas CD (retitled Ave Maria
because Do You Hear What I Hear is not public domain), and
public domain and original cuts taken from Blue/Green
and Sweets are now available at CDBaby.
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