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BuckingJam Palace Presents: The Jodi Proznick Webinar Series
Sunday, November 22nd -What Makes Them Great? Legendary Jazz Bassists
A feature on great jazz bassists such as Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Blanton, Scott LaFaro and Israel Crosby.
Sunday, November 29th -The Roots of Jazz: Exploring the Blues
A focus on important female blues artists such as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and also various topics such as Chicago Blues, Boogie Woogie, “Race" records, Rhythm and Blues, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, the relationship of the field holler, country blues, folk music, etc.
You might even learn how to write a good blues lyric and melody yourself by the end!
Sunday, December 6th -Famous Canadian Jazz Couples: Partnerships on and off the bandstand
This is a feature on several notable Canadian personal and musical jazz collaborations featuring the likes of Tara Davidson and William Carn, Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst, Nancy Walker and Kieran Overs, Laila Biali and Ben Whitman, Jane Bunnett and Larry Cramer, Bill Coon and Jill Townsend, Andre Wickenheiser and Sam Hindle, Jodi Proznick and Tilden Webb and more!
Sunday, December 13th -What Makes this Album Great? Night Train by Oscar Peterson
For some, jazz is often the "olive" of the music industry. Sometimes it’s an acquired taste! Join Jodi as she demystifies jazz through a guided listening adventure, featuring an iconic jazz record that also happens to be the album that hooked her as a young musician. Find out why!
*All webinars run 3-430pm MST*
A Message from Lisa Buck
Well. Where to start?
These are strange and stressful times. The threat of illness brings with it huge amounts fear and anxiety and it is surreal to be experiencing this on a global level. Just when we need comfort and strength from our communities, we are voluntarily isolating ourselves, locking our doors on an enemy we can’t see.
It’s important to remember that we are overreacting on purpose: it is not fear but prudence that is pushing the shutdown of many of our institutions and I am grateful that we have leaders who are willing to make these hard choices now, while there is time to work at containment.
We have rescheduled our March concert to October. We will make lemonade out of this situation and host a mini-festival of female band-leaders featuring the Claire Devlin Quartet, the Adi Meyerson Quartet, and Gentiane MG with Frank Lozano. It will be epic and I hope it gives you something to look forward to. We will be assessing the viability of the May shows closer to their dates.
I am proud to say that the first reaction in the jazz community to shows being cancelled was an overwhelming concern for the musicians who are losing their livelihood. I met Friday with members of our community and we have created Calgary Jazz Relief as a way to address this crisis. Kodi Hutchison, Artistic Director of Jazz YYC, was quick to offer the resources of his organization.
We are also looking at ways to live-stream music. Music is hope and we need this sound-track to our lives to lift us through tough times. Festivals you are used to attending in person may come to you over the internet this year. Please be open to that possibility and consider buying a subscription to streamed concerts.
I know this is a crappy, fretful, fearful time. The arts community will be reeling from the after-effects of this cultural shut-down long after people forget how COVID-19 infected our lives. But with adversity comes opportunity and this is our time to show the vulnerable amongst us that we care for them, that we journey with them, that we support them emotionally and financially.
On a personal note, Tom and I are instituting a voluntary quarantine for the next couple of weeks, at least, because Tom has several health concerns that make him part of a vulnerable population. But I will be helping distribute beef donated by Mitchell Bros. Beef to musicians (when the dust settles, please buy from them as they have been incredible!), BJP will be an active partner in Calgary Jazz Relief, and we will have our radar out for anyone who needs care and support. If that’s you, please be in touch. We want you to be well.
BuckingJam and the Junos
BuckingJam Palace prides itself on the consistent high quality of the many jazz artists who play there. In the spirit of the Juno Awards (which are taking place in Saskatoon this coming weekend) we thought it would be prudent to recognize the many Juno awarding winning artists and nominees that have graced the BuckingJam living room stage over the past couple of years.
Here's a short (!) and concise list of the many BuckingJam artists who have either won Juno awards as a leader and/or sideman or have been nominated for an award:
Juno Award Winners
Mike Rud & Sienna Dahlen
Morgan Childs (with the Amanda Tosoff Quartet)
Jeff McLeod (with the Alison Young Quartet)
And here's a few other worthy mentions as well...
Bassist Solon McDade (who performed with pianist Noam Lemish's group) won the 2007 Juno award for best Roots-Traditional Album with his world-folk group The McDades.
Speaking of bass players, Jodi Proznick took home the 2019 Western Canadian Music Award for Best Jazz Artist of the Year while Edmonton's Rubim De Toledo captured the same award in 2018. Toronto bassists Steve Wallace and Kieran Overs have anchored the bottom end of many Juno award-winning and nominated projects over the years.
We would also like to recognize Montreal alto saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps and his band No Codes which took home the coveted 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Prix du Festival award.
And how about bassist Paul Sikivie (who appeared with tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor) and his two-time Grammy winning work with vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant?
And of course, don't forget about drummer Lewis Nash whose has played on no less than 10 Grammy winning albums over the years (including an album with Betty Carter!)
The Claire Devlin Quartet: Saturday, March 21st 8pm
Montreal's Claire Devlin and her quartet will be appearing at BuckingJam Palace on Saturday, March 21st 8pm. Claire and her band will be touring Western Canada this March to promote her new album.
Formed in 2016, the Claire Devlin Quartet comprises four of Canada’s most exciting new voices in jazz. Hailing from across the country, the group met while studying music at McGill University in Montreal. Since, they have performed their music throughout central Canada. Adventurous yet lyrical, Devlin’s strong compositional voice unites this group of talented improvisors into a cohesive unit. Each musician plays with a selfless dedication to Devlin’s weaving melodies and intricate rhythms. The group is excited to announce the imminent release of their first full length studio album, due out in March 2020.
Claire Devlin – Tenor Saxophone
Roman Munoz – Guitar
Summer Kodama – Bass
John Buck – Drums
This concert is currently sold out (!) however please consider signing up through the Eventbrite page or contacting Lisa Buck through the BuckingJam website and ask to be put on the waitlist as last minute tickets often come up.
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Upcoming Concerts at BuckingJam Palace!
There is a lots of great music coming up at BuckingJam Palace in the months ahead. Remember, the best way to find out about these special events is by signing up for the mailing list so don't delay and sign up for the BJP mailing list today!
Here's a preview of all the great music coming up at BuckingJam Palace:
The Claire Devlin Quartet - Saturday, March 21st 8pm
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Claire Devlin is a Montreal-based saxophonist and composer. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Rising Young Star award at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, as well as receiving a scholarship to attend McGill University. Claire graduated from McGill in 2016 with a degree in Jazz Performance, having studied with musicians such as Chet Doxas, Rémi Bolduc, Frank Lozano, and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. She also attended the Banff Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in 2017, where she met and studied with many wonderful musicians including Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, Tyshawn Sorey, Jen Shyu, Gretchen Parlato, and Gary Bartz.
The Claire Devlin Quartet performs at BJP on March 21, 2020, featuring music from their newly recorded debut album.
Claire Devlin - saxophone
Roman Munoz - guitar
Mathieu McConnell-Enright - bass
John Buck - drums
The Dean McNeill Septet Presents Guido Basso's "Lost in the Stars" - Saturday, May 2nd 8pm
Canadian flugelhorn/trumpet artist Dean McNeill brings a string quartet, acoustic bass and piano to honour Canadian Jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist Guido Basso through performing repertoire from Guido's Juno Award winning album "Lost in the Stars." With arrangements by Phil Dwyer, Dean and his Calgary-based musical colleagues will present jazz standards and original repertoire accompanied by a string quartet, jazz bass and jazz piano, in an intimate up-close-and-personal musical mosaic.
Kavita Shah and Francois Moutin - Thursday, May 28th 8pm
New York vocalist Kavita Shah and French bass virtuoso François Moutin present music from their album "Interplay." Their album was recently nominated for a Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy Award) for Album of the Year. Through a repertoire of standards and originals, Shah and Moutin embrace agility, spontaneity and lyricism through the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice.