Take5: July 2010 Archives

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 turning point when Jamie decided to be a musician

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Jamie's most memorable musical experience

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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.

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The turning point when Gary decided to be a musician

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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.

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