PDAMCA is back!

PDAMCA is back!

In 2005 my wife Theresa and I started holding summer music workshops in my home in Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island. The first year we had a variety of different types of workshops, but the one that got the most attention was the jazz ensemble workshop at which I also introduced the students to some basic cooking skills. That first year, if I remember correctly, we made a chicken curry, omelettes, a basic red sauce for pasta, risotto, and...

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Upcoming shows

I’ve got a couple of upcoming shows with my trio – with Ben Dwyer and Hans Verhoeven – that I’m looking forward to. On Saturday, March 3 we will be at Frankie’s Jazz Club in Vancouver, and joining us will be special guest Christine Jensen. Christine has been hitting a lot of home runs (for some reason jazz musicians love baseball metaphors) the last few years, gaining much-deserved recognition as a saxophonist,...

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Upcoming dates

I’m looking forward to a couple of upcoming shows. November 25 I will be at the Vault Cafe in Nanaimo with my trio, including Ben Dwyer and Hans Verhoeven. The Vault is a great place to play, the perfect combination of casual and concert, with good acoustics and sight-lines. Ben, Hans and I have logged a lot of hours together so it’s always fun to do a show with this group. On December 2, I am the musical director for a fundraising...

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Duo shows with Brad Turner – Nov. 3/4

Duo shows with Brad Turner – Nov. 3/4

Back when I was in Grade 12 I was invited to play in a provincial honours band directed by Phil Nimmons. Young musicians from around British Columbia got together – I think it was at Handsworth school in North Vancouver – to rehearse for a few days and then put on a concert. We were playing a lot of Phil’s music, which was written for his great professional group from Toronto and very challenging. I think we probably rose...

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Couple of shows coming up…

I am going to be playing a couple of cool shows in March. First up is a weekend at one of my favourite venues, the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton. This show features quite a lineup, put together by Rémi Bolduc. Besides Rémi and myself, Kirk MacDonald, Kelly Jefferson and PJ Perry will all be on board. Dave Laing and Fraser Hollins are keeping us in line, or trying. Here is a video from a show we did in Montreal a few years back. The Yardbird dates...

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