The Tadd Dameron Project

Saturday, January 10, 2015
7:30 PM – $20

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The Tadd Dameron Project, with the Peter Hum-Charley Gordon Quintet, featuring Gerri Trimble

Gerri Trimble, vocals
Peter Hum, piano
Charley Gordon, trumpet and flugelhorn
Rob Martin, guitar
Mark Fraser, bass
Scott Warren, drums

Tadd Dameron, 1917-1965, was an American composer, arranger and pianist whose influence transcends the bop era in which he was most active. Although he played with such people as Fats Navarro, Miles Davis and John Coltrane and arranged for Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and even Stan Kenton, it is Dameron’s compositions that are best remembered.

Among his most well-known are Hot House, If You Could See Me Now and Lady Bird, but there are many others, some undeservedly obscure, that have been recorded by such people as Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Chet Baker and Sarah Vaughan.

The Peter Hum-Charley Gordon Quintet has performed at GigSpace, Café Paradiso and the Brookstreet Options lounge. For this concert of Tadd Dameron compositions, they are joined by singer Gerri Trimble, an imaginative interpreter of songs, from bop to ballads.

The players
Delighted to be part of this Dameron concert with some of her most trusted musical compadres, Gerri Trimble delivers songs in a fashion that is ear-catching and personal. She brings to her music practice a deep love for the art of singing, her senses of humour and adventure, along with a detective’s ear for seeking out beautiful and interesting tunes. In recent years, Gerri has performed with, among others, John Geggie, Rob Martin and Tim Bedner.

Largely self-taught, pianist Peter Hum was bitten by the jazz bug when he was a teenager, exposed to the music of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. While attending McGill University in the 1980s, Peter was one of the house pianists at the first incarnation of the Upstairs jazz club. He also led a sextet that won the 1986 Lowenbrau Jazz Search and competed in the 1987 Montreal International Jazz Festival’s cross-Canada competition. Since returning to Ottawa in 1990, Peter has performed with Pat LaBarbera, Kelly Jefferson and Johnny Scott, as well as with Ottawa musicians John Geggie, Roddy Ellias and Vince Rimbach. He released his first CD, A Boy’s Journey, in November 2010 and will release his second CD in 2015.

Charley Gordon, trumpet and flugelhorn, has been playing jazz since the late ’50s. His early trumpet inspiration was Clifford Brown and his current favourite is Tom Harrell. In Ottawa, Gordon has performed, often with Peter Hum and Rob Martin, at such venues as The Bayou, Café Paradiso, Vineyards and the Brookstreet Options Lounge. He has also performed with Rob Frayne, Roddy Ellias, Tim Bedner and Yves Laroche and has recorded with singer Andy Poole. A CD of his compositions, Charley’s Little Blues, was recorded in 2012 by the Tim Murray Quintet, which also included drummer Scott Warren.

Rob Martin started playing guitar as a teenager and absorbed jazz through the influence of his father, an experienced jazz guitarist who played regularly in Toronto during the 1950s and 1960s. While in his teens Rob studied with Tony Bradan (who taught Ed Bickert, Lorne Lofsky, and Rob Piltch) and Andy Krehm. This was followed by study in the Humber College Jazz Program. After that Rob was a regular fixture in alternative music groups in Toronto. In the 1990s he studied classical guitar. Rob moved to Ottawa in 1996 and from 2004 onward has regularly performed in jazz and gypsy jazz formats. Regular partners in crime include Peter Hum, Paul Bordeau, Gerri Trimble, Renee Yoxon, Mark Fraser, Floyd Hutchinson, Richard Page, Karen Rauh, Mark Fraser and Charley Gordon.

Mark Fraser sites as his primary influences Dave Holland, Charlie Haden and Ray Brown. Originally from Nova Scotia, Mark studied jazz bass with Skip Beckwith while pursuing a Music degree at St.Francis Xavier University. He also studied classical briefly with Max Kasper (Principal Bassist of Symphony Nova Scotia since 1986). After graduating from St.FX in 1994, he relocated to Ottawa and has been performing with a variety of musicians in the Ottawa area including Peter Hum, Rob Martin, Renee Yoxon, Gerri Trimble, Craig Pedersen, Steve Groves, Brian Browne, Petr Cancura, Mike Essoudry and Rob Frayne. He was a member of the Friday night house band at AlphaSoul (with Adrian Matte, Alex Moxon and Ted Zarras).

Scott Warren is a primarily self-taught drummer who plays on the Ottawa jazz and improvised music scene. He began playing jazz in the late 1990s with inspiration and focus provided by Jean Martin at Ottawa JazzWorks summer workshops. In recent years Scott has shared Ottawa stages with many established local players. Among them are, Rob Frayne, Roddy Elias, Peter Hum, John Geggie, Christine Fagan and Linsey Wellman. He has contributed to recordings by Bernard Stepien’s Albert Ayler Christmas project, the Tim Murray Quintet, and most recently, 100 (IMOO Vol. 4 released in October) with Craig Pedersen, Mark Molnar, Rory Magill and David Broscoe.