Jazz Vespers at St Stephen’s Church

Everyone Welcome!

Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

A meld of ancient monastic service and improvisation-based jazz, featuring

Ian McDougall and Oliver Gannon

Oliver Gannon at St Stephens ChurchIan McDougall at St Stephens ChurchWe 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.


7921 St. Stephen’s Road (Just East of West Saanich Road)

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