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Jeff Agopsowicz
Silent Partner

An exciting recording by this Victoria-based trombonist. 10 original arrangements by Jeff Agopsowicz and Bruce Hurn.
With Jeff Agopsowicz - trombone, Bruce Hurn - trumpet, Ross Taggart - piano, Mike Herriott - Bass, Bernie Arai - drums, Sandy Gordon - alto sax.

Joanna Finch
In The Arms Of Morpheus

Joanna 's debut solo CD

Joanna Finch is a uniquely entertaining singer/songwriter who swings smoothly between jazz/blues and original, contemporary folk. Her songs have been described as tender, biting, quirky and sensual. Her voice conveys spine tingling emotion and she is renowned for her captivating stage presence. Joanna's influences are as divergent as her writing style with comparisons made to Jane Siberry, Cole Porter and Tom Waits. 

Joanna's debut solo CD 'In The Arms of Morpheus' is out and running along side some of Western Canada's most celebrated musicians including Juno Award winners, Zubot and Dawson, Buff Allen, Ken Lister, Miles Black, John Reischman, Ron Thompson, Blackie Du Bois and producer, guest guitarist Pat Coleman. Previous recordings include two CDs with her folk partner, Judy Norbury of Norbury & Finch 'Tease For Two', (2000); 'Circular Motion' EP,(2004) and three compilation CDs,Peace, a compilation of poems stories and songs from Saltspring Island, (2004) 'Rhythm and Green' The Cumberland Musicians Collective,(2002) and The Jewels of The Island, (2001) under the Highland Music label.

pianist Miles Black www.milesblack.com
Zubot and Dawson www.zubotanddawson.com/
drummer Buff Allen http://homepage.mac.com/buff_allen/home.html
mandolinist John Reishman www.johnreischman.com
bass player Ken Lister www.kenlister.com
producer, guitarist Pat Coleman www.roadhouserecords.ca

Kevin Hicks
Life and the Drum

...the Road Back Home

I was born in Ottawa, Canada, and moved to Nanaimo British Columbia, a small community on Vancouver Island, Canada, when I was 3. This also happens to be where jazz great Diana Krall went to school.

Being a member of a musical family, my dad and older brother Billy both played drums. I started playing drums in elementary school. Playing the drums became an obsession when I entered high school. Since the age of 14, I had been asked to play with some of the local blues musicians. Because these opportunities to play were in bars, I was asked to spend my breaks in the back hallways. As long as I promised to attend school the next day my mother allowed me to play these gigs. Keep in mind that the city of Nanaimo has a very low crime rate and I am sure that was a key factor in my mom's decision to let me follow my dream of being a musician.

By the age 16, jazz music had found a place in my heart. It was then that my high school band went to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. All of my practice and dedication gained me the attention of Wally "Gator" Watson, drummer for Lionel Hampton.

Our friendship remained solid over the next few years as I ran into some serious personal problems. Through these dire times, I constantly found peace in music.

Still tarnished by the past, I began to travel the world, finding more than what I was looking for. In honor of my savior, I spent the turn of the millennium in Bethlehem, Israel. That trip came to a close as I journeyed up through Turkey in order to buy some priceless cymbals.

With my spirit back intact, and the cymbals from Istanbul, I was ready to play again.

Larry Miller Quintet
Freya's Song

 

 

 

Saxophonist/Composer Larry Miller is an active performer and teacher. He has two CD releases as leader that features his original compositions and his ability on jazz standards. His CD “Freya’s Song” was released in November of 1997, and his second CD “Storm Head” was released by the jazz/funk/fusion group Navica in July 1999. Both CDs have seen radio play. Ross Porter, host of the popular “After Hours” CBC radio show, has featured selections of “Freya’s Song”. Miller currently leads his own group that has performed on the BCTV News hour and at many jazz festivals and venues throughout Western Canada.

 Miller’s compositions are gaining international notice as his Suite for Saxophone Quintet and Woodwind doubles has been published through Brazinmusikanta Publications of New York, U.S.A.  This Suite was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress at Montreal in July 2000. Miller was commissioned to write the piece by the Pacific Saxophone quartet of Victoria, B.C. and was the featured soloist with this group. In November of 2000 his arrangement for female vocalist and big band was performed at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo B.C. featuring Elizabeth Ryan on vocals and Miller on Alto Saxophone. This performance was part of the Port Theatre’s tribute to Remembrance Day.

            Miller has played in small and large ensembles with players such as Hugh Fraser, Campbell Ryga, Ross Taggart, Ian McDougall, Don Clark and Mike Herriott. With these players he has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Duke Ellington’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. He has performed lead Tenor sax for the big bands of Dal Richards, (when on Vancouver Island), Chris Millington, noted trumpeter Gary Guthman, Nanaimo’s NMA, and the exciting mini-big band called Decadence. He has performed lead alto, tenor, and the Bari sax chair with Hugh Fraser’s International Jazz Orchestra. This group is dedicated to performing the works of past masters and the compositions of its members. Miller has performed in numerous musicals such as “The Music Man” and “Kiss Me Kate”.  He also plays in Blues groups, does free-lance jazz gigs, and works in show bands on cruise ships. Miller played Saxes, clarinet and flute with John Forest (Bass) in the Chemainus Theatre’s

Production of “Hello Dolly” during the summer of 2002.

            Miller was born in Port Alberni B.C. His education consists of an Associate in Music Diploma from Malaspina College, and an Honors Degree in Music from York University in Toronto. “My time in Toronto in the 1980s was invaluable for me as it allowed me to hear and participate in a great variety of music.” He has studied saxophone with Lynne Greenwood, Pat Labarbera, David Mott, Phil Dwyer, Mike Murley, and Steve Jones. He has studied clarinet with Earl Thomas and flute with Jennifer Cluff. He moved back to Vancouver Island in 1990 to complete a Bachelor of Education Degree (1992) and a Masters in Performance/Composition (1994) at the University of Victoria.

            Miller is currently rehearsing a new quintet that will perform his original compositions in preparation for recording and touring.  He teaches at Malaspina University-College, the Conservatory of Music in Nanaimo B.C. , and Shawnigan Lake private School.

Lloyd English & Sia Samimi
Dances of the Veils

Style: Jazz
Released: 2001
Produced by: Lloyd English
Recorded: Estania Audio Production, Edmonton, Alberta, & The Barn, Salt Spring Island

An eclectic mix of tunes called

"Flaperjalatin" Guitar Ensemble
FLA
menco PERsian JAzz LATIN


Sia Samimi  - Guitar
Lloyd English - Guitar
Buff Allen - Drums, Percussion
Ken Lister - Double Bass
Carolyn Knight - Vocals
Diana English - Vocals
Neda Yamach - Violin

Two talented guitar players have teamed up to create a unique and exciting blend of styles they call Flaperjalatin, a mixture of Flamenco, Persian, Jazz and Latin. Lloyd English and Sia Samimi met in Edmonton, Alberta, in late 1999 and spent the next year working on each other's compositions and writing new ones. The result is Dances of the Veils, a collection of eclectic, energetic and soulful tunes with international flavours. It was released in May 2001.

Lloyd English has played the guitar since he was a child. He studied at Vancouver City College and took private coaching in voice and guitar. To expand his horizons he moved to Toronto to study classical guitar with Eli Kassner, jazz with Tony Braden and Steve Brundage, and harmony and composition with Darwin Aitken. During the 80s he performed in several pop bands and toured extensively throughout western Canada and Washington.

He later moved with his family to Victoria, B.C., where he opened a teaching studio and worked as a freelance guitarist/vocalist. Several years later he and his family moved to Salt Spring Island, where he hosted a weekly jazz night for five years, directed a community choir, promoted concerts, played and studied.

Lloyd currently lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, and with his wife, Diana, commutes by ferry daily to manage their music store and lesson studios in Sidney, on Vancouver Island.  He also works as a freelance musician and producer.

When Sia Samimi was introduced to over 10,000 Edmonton Folk Music Festival fans in 1999, Cathy Ennis of CKUA radio called him "an astonishing master of the guitar. He amazes audiences with his unusual style -- influenced by Latin, jazz, classical and Persian roots". A signature of Sia's music is his use of the guitar as a percussion instrument. In 1998 Sia recorded his CD Dedications. The CD was nominated in the Best Instrumental Recording category at the 1999 Alberta ARIA awards, as well as in the Outstanding Instrumental Recording category at the 1999 Prairie Music Awards. Sia was invited to give 22 concerts at the 2000 World Expo Fair in Hanover, Germany, followed by several concerts in Hungary.

Recording of Dances of the Veils took place in early 2001 in Edmonton and at Randy Bachman's studio, The Barn, on Salt Spring. The guitar and violin tracks were recorded in Edmonton, and were then digitally transported to The Barn where Buff Allen and Ken Lister recorded the percussion and bass tracks. Vocal tracks were then added by Carolyn Knight and Diana English.

Marc Atkinson Trio II

The trio’s new CD-The Marc Atkinson Trio II, recorded at Vancouver’s Mushroom Studios pursues a direction similar to that of the first. But the group interplay displayed on tunes like the intricate arrangement of Bix Beiderbeck’s, In A Mist and the dazzling original, Fredrick’s Closet, heralds a new level of musicianship and creativity for the trio. Whether finessing the beautiful jazz standard Tenderly, segueing from Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique to The Sunshine of Your Smile or pounding out the playful power chords that begin Boilermaker, one of seven Atkinson originals that grace the CD, the trio maintains its exciting, unique musical identity.

This is jazz that is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of The Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Melissa Hill
Across and Back

A Vancouver born musician with a Bachelor of music from U.B.C., witha major in piano performance, Melissa is a consummate professional with a style all her own. Already with one successful EP to her credit, and a full length album of original music, she is poised to take the Canadian music scene by storm.
Her music is a blend of standards and originals, largely influenced by the earlier styles of composers such as Gershwin, Porter, Ravel, Evans, Tyner and Hancock, all given a unique modern twist. Her vocal influences range from Holly Cole, to Cassandra Wilson, to Liz Wright, and Sarah McLachlan. She seamlessly weaves old and new to create her distinct sound.
A seasoned performer Melissa has entertained audiences across the globe with her unique blend of Jazz and Pop.
Her seasoned quintet consists of four Montr? based musicians with extensive experience in the music industry. From composing, to arranging, to producing, and with performances at major festivals around Canada, Europe, and Asia, these musicians have done it all. Her new album, "Across and Back" is truly a Pan-Canadian album, reflecting the wonderful diversity of this great nation.
Melissa Hill is a rising talent in the Canadian music scene. A woman destined for greatness, her music can be gentle or powerful, simple or complex, but no matter what, it is always unforgettable.

Michael Kaeshammer
Strut

Released November 2003
Michael Kaeshammer - Piano, Prepared Piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Vocals
Johnny Vidacovich - Drums
Ben Wolfe - Bass
Kevin Breit - Guitar, mad man on "Soundtrack to Something Beautiful"
Richard Bell - Wurlitzer on "Cry To Me"
John Johnson - Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bartitone Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Brian Barlow - Percussion, Vibes, Marimba
Michael Dunston - Tambourine
Produced & Arranged by Peter Cardinali
Tracks 2, 3 & 11 Arranged by Michael Kaeshammer
Engineered by Denis Tougas

Mike Herriott Quintet
Free At Last

1 used cd available in excellent condition

Mike leads his highly-acclaimed quintet, which has performed on both ocean coasts of Canada and recorded numerous times for CBC radio. The quintet appears on the recent CBC compilation CD release celebrating 50 years of the show Hot Air.

Herriott toured Canada again last year as lead trumpet with Hugh Fraser and the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI). He has also performed with Kenny Wheeler, Slide Hampton, Pat Labarbara, Keith Copeland, and Maynard Ferguson.

Artists: Mike Herriott (trumpet,flugelhorn, and fretless electric bass), Dennis Esson (trombone), Ross Taggart (piano), Ken Lister (bass), Keith Copeland (drums), Guest: Hugh Fraser (bass trombone and trombone solo)

Miranda Sage
Standards and Originals in a Jazz Key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artists: Miranda Sage (vocals), Hugh Fraser (piano and trombone), Rick Kilburn (bass), Blaine Wikjord (drums)