July 2010 Archives

On the program for Saturday July 31, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Summer Playlists - Old Man Luedecke
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We'll continue our six week summer series where Stephanie will be joined by an East Coast musician who will choose the music for the program.

Jamie Gatti

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Jamie Gatti has a reputation for versatility in playing all musical styles from classical to jazz, rock, Celtic and theatre. A professional bassist for 30 years, Gatti has toured and recorded with many artists from around the globe. Composer/arranger/producer and now bandleader are his interests at this time. Jamie began playing during high school under the tutelage of music teacher Ron MacKay. From Ron he learned many of the skills necessary to be a professional player. He started work in the late 1970's in Halifax doing shows and commercials for TV and Radio and playing club dates. In 1980 he accepted an invitation to audition for the RCMP band and won the position. Gatti moved to Ottawa in 1981 joining the RCMP. While with that group he toured Canada extensively and around the world performing and recording. He also participated in the Ottawa music scene playing in many jazz clubs, sessions, theatre shows and with a few orchestras. He was fortunate to work under conductors such as Boris Brott, David Foster, Erich Kunzel, Newton Waylon and Howard Cable. In 1994 Gatti retired from the RCMP and returned home to Nova Scotia. He presently tours and records with the Barra MacNeils. As well as recording with other Canadian artists, he plays sessions at CBC, with Symphony Nova Scotia and at Neptune Theatre. Since 1992 Gatti recorded 4 CDs, all solo bass themed, with original tunes and rearranged standards. The last one 'Over Time', was nominated in the Best Jazz Artist category in the 2007 East Coast Music Awards. Also nominated, 2008 East Coast Music Awards with original music the group Tonic; 2007 Music Nova Scotia Musician of the year and Jazz Recording of the year. Playing all styles of music has filtered into his writing, combining many of these simultaneously. Gatti's home base is Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Jamie's favourite album

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The musician Jamie most admires

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The turning point when Jamie decided to be a musician

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Jamie's most memorable musical experience

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Jamie's most memorable concert

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Gary Steed

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Gary Steed is skillful drummer of more than 20 years experience. His repertoire of drumming styles spans a wide range of genres, including jazz, funk, hip hop, reggae, R&B, blues, and gospel. Gary Steed has played with the likes of Benny King, Tower of Power, Urban Renewal, Universal Language, Umoja, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, and has sessioned with several other bands of note in Halifax. Gary is a quite sought after session musician.

Gary's favourite album

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The musician Gary most admires

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The turning point when Gary decided to be a musician

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Gary's most memorable musical experience

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Gary's most memorable concert

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Woody Woods

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Born and raised in the inner city of Los Angeles, Woody Woods is an author, and a self-taught composer, conductor, lyricist and pianist. Blessed with the opportunity to conduct Parade of the Chariots, from the movie, Ben Hur, during his final year in Junior High School, Woods became hooked on directing bands, choirs and orchestras. He also had one of his original arrangements performed by the school Jazz Band that year. Thus, the fire was lit, and there was no putting it out. Woods was originally a woodwind player specializing in tenor sax, flute and clarinet. He began to take the piano seriously when the pianist in his high school Jazz ensemble (The Jazz Executives) joined another band. Since the band could not play without a pianist, Woods starting playing the piano and never did get back to any of his woodwinds.

Woody's favourite album

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The turning point when Woody decided to be a musician

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Woody's most memorable musical experience

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Woody's most memorable concert

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Dinuk Wijeratne

Posted by Jonathan DeRouchie

A truly versatile artist, Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne divides his time between composing, conducting, and piano performance. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. A second Carnegie appearance followed in 2009, alongside tabla legend Zakir Hussain. Dinuk has composed specially for almost all of the artists and ensembles with whom he has performed; to name a few: Tim Garland, John Dankworth, Nikki Iles, Julian Argüelles, Victor Mendoza, Ed Thigpen, Pandit Ramesh Misra, Adrian Spillett, David Jalbert, Kevork Mourad, Mayookh Bhaumik, Christina Courtin, MIR, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, 4-Mality Percussion Quartet, the NY Kathak Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Onelight Theatre, and Symphony Nova Scotia.

Dinuk's favourite Album

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On the program for Saturday July 10, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Two concerts this week - Both from the 2010 ECMA weekend in Sydney - Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold - and - Joel Plaskett
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Prince Edward Island's Tim Chaisson was lucky to have such a large family, that introduced him to so many diverse forms of music. Tim entered the world of music in a family-based Celtic outfit. After years of touring and recording before reaching driving age, he recognized a yearning to perform his own music.While much of Tim's latest album 'Broken Hearted Beat' is spawned from his own seeds of creativity as primary songwriter, he notes that renowned musicians Joel Plaskett and Gordie Johnson were crucial in realizing the album's wide scope and boldness. It won 2 Music PEI Awards in 2010 for Group of the Year and Pop Recording of the Year.

When Joel Plaskett released his 2009 triple CD 'Three', he knew he was taking a risk. But so far 2010 has been one of the best of his career. On the strength of that release, aptly titled 'Three', he's added 6 more East Coast Music Awards to his collection as well as picking up his first Juno. He seems to have struck a chord with new audiences as well. "This album has taken me into different places - at the shows I see young kids and virtual seniors." During the East Coast Music Awards weekend held in early March we were fortunate enough to snag Joel and his band, The Emergency, plus a couple of his musical friends to perform a live to air concert broadcast from The Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney on Cape Breton Island.