Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm
A meld of ancient monastic service and improvisation-based jazz, featuring
Ian McDougall and Oliver Gannon
We are thrilled to have the internationally acclaimed duo of Ian McDougall and Oliver Gannon playing at this service. Most of you likely know about these two musicians, but if you do not, here is a brief note about both.
Ian McDougall, trombonist, composer and teacher, is perhaps best known nationally for his work as lead trombonist and soloist for Rob McConnell’s Juno and Grammy award winning Boss Brass. Earlier, in the sixties, he toured in Great Britain with The John Dankworth Band.
Returning to Vancouver, he immediately became a key part of the vibrant music scene there, playing for three years with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, working on numerous CBC Radio and Television shows, playing regularly on the bandstand at The Cave nightclub, and performing with the biggest visiting acts of the day including Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, The Supremes, Nat ‘King’ Cole, and Rosemary Clooney
He taught trombone, composition, and jazz studies at the University of Victoria, leaving there in 2003 as Professor Emeritus. Ian was awarded the University of Victoria’s “Distinguished Alumni” award in 2004.
Since the early 1980’s McDougall has become even more involved in composition, and his works have been performed by the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Lafayette String Quartet, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Rob McConnell Tentet, and the Toronto Cantata Chorus,among others. We are very happy to have him join us in this unique kind of service in our church.
Oliver Gannon is one of Canada’s pre eminent jazz guitarists. Son of Irish jazz pianist, Joe Gannon, Oliver took up the guitar at 20, after the family’s move to Winnipeg in 1957. He studied composition and arranging 1964-69 with Herb Pomeroy and William Malloff at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Back in Canada he settled in Vancouver where he soon established himself as a first-call studio guitarist. He was a founding member of the group “Pacific Salt” in 1970 and in 1975 began a relationship with tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson that resulted in a series of highly-regarded recordings, CBC broadcasts, and tours, including three to the Soviet Union and one to Europe. They shared a Juno for best jazz album in 1982 for their album of duets on the Sackville label. In 2002 he received the National Jazz Award (Canada) for Guitarist of the year. He and Ian have worked together for many years.
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