Canmore International Jazz Festival
Lovers of jazz will want to clear their calendars for this weekend (June 21-23) as the second annual Canmore International Jazz Fests takes place at a pair of venues.
On Thursday (June 21), Christine Jensen, a B.C.-born and Montreal-raised saxophonist and composer, will play Creekside Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jensen's quartet will be joined by Dave Restivo (piano), Fraser Hollins (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums).
Jensen's work has been transported all over the world, due in part to her sister, jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, having recorded a number of Christine's compositions. Her latest CD, Look Left, features her mainstream jazz.
Friday (June 22), will see the Renee Rosnes Trio with Neil Swainson and Terry Clarke, also at Creekside.
Renee Rosnes has steadily been making a name for herself in the jazz world since leaving Vancouver for New York in 1986. She's toured and recorded with many of the greats and her resume reads like a who's who of jazz, including Joe Henderson, JJ Johnson, Wayne Shorter, James Moody and Bobby Hucherson, among others.
Rosnes has won four Juno Awards and is a founding member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective.
The festival's main event takes place in Centennial Park on the Stan Rogers Stage, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (June 23).
Slated for the main event are Hugh Fraser (trombone), with P.J. Perry, Mike Herriott and participants from the 2007 Banff Jazz Orchestra Workshop; the Marianne Trudel Quintet; Colin Story quartet; Canmore Collegiate Jazz Band; Westwinds Jazz Orchestra; G'razz Band and the Jon McCaslin Collective, featuring Jim and Craig Brenan.
Roy Nasset, the CCHS band teacher, told the Outlook that he and his students are looking forward to sharing the stage with professional musicians once again.
"It's pretty exciting," he said. "It's almost to the point of being overwhelming."
For the school band, the biggest adjustment is the number of pieces they'll be asked to play.
"Typically, in a concert you play three or four tunes, so when you're doing many more than that you really have to work on your concentration."
With eight graduating seniors in the 20-member ensemble, Nasset thinks this performance is a great way to end the school year.
"It has made for a pretty long year of rehearsals, because we do start right away in the fall, but this group is pretty great to work with - some really sweet kids."
Because the music festivals the band competes in require the band to master a variety of styles, Nasset said his group will have a good repertoire from which to choose.
"We have swing, Latin, some poppy stuff, and we'll throw in a ballad or two as well."
Nasset himself is looking forward to hearing some of the other performers up close and personal.
"I always like listening to Hugh Fraser and I'm also looking forward to hearing Marianne Trudel," he said.
Tickets for the Creekside performances are $20 in advance from Café Books in Canmore and $25 at the door. The main stage event on Saturday is free. For more information, visit www.canmorejazzfestival.c... or call the festival hot line at 609-0429.
More Information: http://www.canmorejazzfestival.com
Submitted By: jazzears