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Johnathan Dyck - Piano thumb.jpgThis week on the X, we bring you a spicy slice of Latin jazz from Regina pianist Jonathan Dyck (don't you love a country where the latin jazz in being played by someone named Jonathan Dyck--O Canada we love to mix it up here) and a meditation on the trouble with being a good guy, from Red Hot Riot-er Jayden Pfeifer.  

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Pianist, composer and band leader Jonathan Dyck began playing music at age five. First taught by his mother Bev, he has since studied in Regina with Lawrence Amundrud (Conservatory of Performing Arts), Bill Moore (UofR), and Ed Lewis (UofR). Abroad, he studied in France with Henri Barda (Paris Conservatory) and in Germany with Reggie Moore (Hans Eisler Conservatory, Berlin). Very experienced in several music genres, Jonathan has performed with International stars Lew Soloff and Sonny Rhodes and an extensive range of classical and jazz musicians. Also an eclectic composer, Jonathan wrote commissioned works for the Gaya theatre in Berlin and his electronic jazz project Lazerblade played the Regina Folk Fest mainstage, sharing the bill with Steve Earle and Feist.

Recently, he has been recording an album for his new pop project while also working as a music director and vocal coach for Saskatchewan Express.


jay ext.jpgJayden Pfeifer is the host of the monthly live talk show, Red Hot Riot, held at the Artesian on 13th  which is a new monthly comedy showcase in Regina, SK. Created and hosted by 4-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Jayden Pfeifer, Red Hot Riot features a mix of standup, sketch, improvisation, musical acts, special guests, and much more! Part late night talk show, variety show, and talent show, (okay, this is Jayden talking now) "Red Hot Riot is an incredibly exciting and hilarious experience performed monthly at the amazing Artesian on 13th theatre. Be there each month, and get in on the hotness! "

Jayden is also an actor, improviser, and teacher. He has appeared in numerous performances on the Globe Theatre Mainstage, as well as several independent theatre productions.

Jayden's 14-year long improvisation career has been very successful. Since joining General Fools in 1997, he has committed himself to the performance and teaching of improvisation. Jayden has attended several international improv festivals, and has often served as guest director & instructor during those festivals.

In 2009, Jayden and his co-creator Ryan Beil premiered their new improvisation project Skin&Lungs at Globe Theatre, which enjoyed a sold-out run and garnered invitations to showcase around Canada.

Jayden has studied with notable North American Improv instructors Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro), Randy Dixon (Seattle), Bob Dassie (LA), Mark Sutton (Chicago), David Razowsky (LA), and Tom Johnson (Portland). Jayden has has multiple Canadian Comedy Awards nominations.

He is also just a very nice fellah.


You can follow Jayden on Twitter at @jaydenpfeifer.