FREE workshop w/ RIO. Oct 3, 1-3pm @ VCC Auditorium

$T2eC16R,!)sE9swmZpK)BQSQ+LPZVw~~60_35For those not familiar with this great band, it consists of Canadian Jazz Legends Ron Johnston, Ian MacDougall, and Oliver Gannon.

This drummer-less ensemble has been playing together for decades and illustrates the pinnacle of melodic, swinging jazz improvisation.

Don’t miss this FREE performance and workshop with three of Canada’s finest.

Click here to see the VCC auditorium location on a map (enter from Glen Drive).

Fraser MacPherson’s “Live at the Planetarium” 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert. March 20, 7:30pm. Get your tickets now!

Planetarium

In 1975, Fraser MacPherson recorded an album of music (with Oliver Gannon and Wyatt Ruther) which would launch his solo career, lead to worldwide touring (including 4 trips to Russia) and multiple music awards and inspire generations of aspiring jazz musicians.

On Friday, March 20, 7:30pm at the Planetarium we are going to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this recording with some of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians. Performances will include music of the Fraser MacPherson Nonet (which hasn’t been performed in over 50 years!), a few songs by recent “future of jazz” Fraser MacPherson Scholarship winners, and finally, the Oliver Gannon trio performing songs from the Planetarium album.

All ticket sales will go towards the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Fund, so book your tickets early and enjoy an intimate evening of beautiful music in the very same room where the iconic Planetarium album was recorded 40 years ago.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online here.

The Planetarium (aka the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre) is located at 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC.

Congratulations to all the FMJF finalists

It has been great to hear the wealth of talent applying for the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Scholarship this year. It has also made for a lot of difficult decisions across the board. Thank you to all those who applied and to those who were not chosen as finalists, we encourage you to apply again next year.

The finalists in the high school division (listed alphabetically) are:

Kayden Gorden – Trumpet – Chilliwack Senior Secondary
Evan Gratham – Bass – Argyle Secondary School
Victoria Hebbard – Trumpet – New Westminster Secondary School
Ethan Honeywell – Drums – Langley Fine Arts School
Brandon Lin – Trombone or Bass – Semiahmoo Secondary

The finalists in the post secondary division (listed alphabetically) are:

Matt Choboter – Piano – None
Jon Lee – Bass – Berklee College of Music
Andrew Janusson – Guitar – Vancouver Island University
Andrew Skepasts – Guitar – City College of New York
Lucas Smart – Saxophone – Humber College
Trevor Whitridge – Trumpet – Capilano University
Jenny Xu – Piano – Berklee College of Music

Scholarship winners will be announced as soon as all funding is confirmed. Likely by the end of the month.