Saturday, May 12, 2018
7:30 PM -$25
Join jazz vocalist Alex Samaras, pianist Steve Boudreau and bassist John Geggie for an evening of original takes on jazz standards and some surprises. Alex and Steve met while teaching at the Jazzworks summer program. Together with John they share a love for the jazz tradition while searching for fresh approaches to improvisation and group interplay.
Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America’s leading singers in the jazz and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk, Brent Carver, Jackie Richardson, Zac Brown Band, Martha Wainwright and a number of other notable performing artists. Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient music and his own original compositions. He performs in well known Canadian groups such as A Sondheim Jazz Project and Twin Within. Both groups have released records to critical acclaim and you can find more about them at their websites. Alex will be releasing his first solo album this year under the name TRYAL. Alex teaches singing at The University of Toronto Jazz Department, Jazz Works Music Camp and National Music Camp. He is also the proud conductor of the PAL Chorale at the Performing Artists Lodge in Toronto.
Steve Boudreau is an Ottawa-based pianist who specializes in jazz and popular music. He currently teaches piano privately and as part of Carleton University’s Music Performance program. He also works frequently as a vocal accompanist in many genres. In 2010 he received a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has toured North America with multiple musical productions and has performed as both leader and sideman at various Canadian jazz festivals. His recently released trio album “Preludes: The Music of George Gershwin” has been getting radio play on Canadian jazz stations and a new quartet record is almost ready for release. The new album will feature original music and is co-led by long-time collaborator, guitarist Garry Elliott.
John Geggie – Double bassist John Geggie is an internationally established performer and composer. He studied at Indiana University with Lawrence Hurst and Bruce Bransby with jazz studies including work with David Baker, Gary Peacock, Palle Danielsson and Anders Jormin. As a performer, he works regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Current projects include the Algonquin Ensemble (with Terry Tufts and Kathryn Briggs), the Crossroads Quartet (with Petr Cancura, Roddy Ellias and Greg Ritchie) as well as the John Geggie Journey Band. John has recorded or performed with a who’s who of creative improvised music: Bela Fleck, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Craig Taborn, Sheila Jordan, David Murray, Matt Brubeck, Marilyn Crispell, Cuong Vu, D.D. Jackson, Mark Dresser, Vic Juris, Billy Hart,
Andrew Cyrille and Grammy-winner Ted Nash. He has hosted the Ottawa Jazz Festival Late Night Jam Series for over 15 years. John will be releasing a new trio this summer (with Roddy Ellias and Joel Frahm). John Geggie is on faculty at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau.