Saturday, June 7, 2014
7:30 PM – $20
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“Bill Coon is a superb guitarist…a wonderful player who gets better and better each time I see him. So, if you have the opportunity to see Bill Coon in concert, do so…I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.” Rick Cluff, Host, The Early Edition, CBC Radio One
What happens when two renowned musicians re-unite for an intimate concert, mixing jazz standards, and compositions of Canadian jazz greats? The result is a swinging and engaging set of music that shows off the duo’s talent for captivating solos and telepathic interplay. Guitarist Bill Coon and bassist Paul Rushka have recorded, toured and performed in a plethora of musical situations over the years. Together, they’ve made music with Karin Plato, Brad Turner, Laura Crema, Sharon Minemoto, Cory Weeds and many other great Canadian jazz artists, but here they have the opportunity to present an evening of music they love, in an unadorned duo setting of guitar and acoustic bass. It promises to be an exciting and inspiring night of great jazz.
“When I think of Ed Bickert, Oliver Gannon and now Bill Coon, the common qualities that spring to mind are understatement, supportiveness and boldness laced with a healthy dose of humility. Coon’s latest is a smorgasbord for attentive ears and devotees of the genre.” “Take ‘Autumn Leaves’ with its Jim Hall-like pacing and restrained exuberance; it hands-down ranks as one of the most original versions I’ve yet heard.” Charles Winokoor, Cadence Magazine
Five questions for Bill Coon -“Guitarist Bill Coon has been a sophisticated and swinging fixture on Vancouver’s jazz scene for nearly two decades. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that he cut his jazz teeth in Montreal, a city with a deep guitar jazz tradition.” read full article Peter Hum JazzBlog
Five questions for Paul Rushka – “Rushka discusses his compositions, his band, the jazz scenes in Montreal and Vancouver, and parenthood.” read full article Peter Hum JazzBlog
About Bill Coon
Juno nominated guitarist-composer-arranger Bill Coon is one of Canada’s most highly respected and sought after musicians and is winner of the 2009 National Jazz Awards, “Guitarist of the Year”.
He has been performing professionally for over thirty years and has worked with numerous significant jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Louis Stewart, Chuck Israels, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sheila Jordan, David Schnitter, Hugh Fraser, P.J. Perry, Ross Taggart, Campbell Ryga, Ian McDougall, Oliver Gannon, and Brad Turner.
His latest release on Cellar Live is the debut recording of Triology with renowned pianist Miles Black and award winning bassist Jodi Proznick. Among his more than fifty recordings are the critically acclaimed CD’s, Speakeasy, and Scudder’s Groove on Pagetown Records, With Benefits (Cellar Live) with Cory Weeds, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington. Bill also appears on award winnings CD’s by The Night Crawlers and the Big Band Sound and Calgary guitarist Ralf Buschmeyer.
Bill is also a sought after arranger-composer as big bands and orchestras throughout the world have performed his works. Among them, Jill Townsend big Band, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Woody Herman Jazz Band, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra.
Bill’s twenty year musical partnership with internationally renowned jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire has produced several recordings including the Juno nominated CD, I Found Love. His association with popular hip-hop artist K-os includes collaborating with the Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra and Coon’s arranging is featured on the Juno award winning CD Joyful Rebellion.
Bill has received several Canada Council Arts Awards enabling him to study improvisation and composition with guitarist Jim Hall, and to travel to Dublin, Ireland to study with guitarist, Dr. Louis Stewart. Canada Council Awards have also enabled Bill to study with renowned composer-arranger Neil Chotem and Rick Wilkins.
Bill is an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops throughout Canada, including BC Swing Camp in Sorrento BC and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Summer Jazz Workshop. He maintains an active teaching schedule in the Jazz Studies program at Capilano University. website: billcoon.com
About Paul Rushka
Award-winning bassist Paul Rushka has engaged audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his sonorous tone, assured confident pulse, and eloquent melodic soloing. All About Jazz describes him as “a postmodern Milt Hinton” with a “sense of gravitas, melodic flair, rich timbre and unshakable time.” As It Happens, his debut recording as leader, features his lyrical original compositions that showcase his intuitive and interactive quintet. As a sideman, Paul is featured on over a dozen recordings, including those of James Danderfer, Chad Makela, Jillian Lebeck and Laura Crema, and has has performed with numerous jazz luminaries including John Taylor, Joe LaBarbera, Julian Priester, Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Danny Grissett, Brad Turner, Ross Taggart, Kirk MacDonald, Kevin Dean, Denzal Sinclaire and many more. In 2003, Paul received a West Coast Music Award for Best Jazz Recording for his work on the Mike Allen Trio’s Diaectic. He has also been featured several times on CBC radio with live and studio recordings on Jazz Beat and Hot Air. website: paulrushka.com