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 somewhat to the occasion and it was certainly enjoyable thanks in no small part to the great participants in the band.

Ingrid Jensen was in the trumpet section, as was Daniel Lapp (who still plays great trumpet, but has become very well known as a virtuoso fiddler). Also in the trumpet section was Brad Turner. Brad was great then and he went on to become one of the most illustrious exponents of jazz music which this country has produced.

In what has become a bit of a tradition among some BC musicians Brad excels at more than one instrument. In addition to his burning trumpet playing he is a very accomplished pianist and an excellent drummer. He also writes great tunes of the “I wish I’d thought of that” variety. Here is one of those tune performed by Brad and his quartet.

Brad and I are playing a couple of duo shows coming up. November 3 we will be at Studio Live in Cumberland, and Nov. 4 we are doing an afternoon show on Gabriola Island, at the Phoenix Auditorium. Both venues have good sound and sight-lines and excellent pianos. Brad and I have played together a few times over the years but never as much as I would like so this is something I am really looking forward to. I hope you can join us! Check out my Calendar page for details about time, tickets, and venue locations.

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