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Sunday, February 23 2014, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
DON THOMPSON/PHIL DWYER DUO Sunday February 23, 2014 at 8 PM $20 Two of Canada's pre-eminent musicians celebrate 30 years of musical friendship with a new recording and a special performance at Toronto's Gallery 345. Don Thompson is well known for his his work with jazz giants such as Jim Hall, George Shearing, John Handy, Paul Desmond, Boss Brass, Lenny Breau and many others. He is regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent multi instrumentalists (piano/bass/vibes) as well as being an outstanding composer, arranger and educator. In 2010 Don was invested as an Officer of the Order Of Canada. Phil Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Phil was a 'first call' musician in Toronto from 1988-2004, is currently living on Vancouver Island and soon to embark upon the study of law at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law. Don and Phil met as teacher and student at the Banff Centre in 1982. Their duo performances are notable for their telepathy, melodic clarity, sophisticated harmonic approach and the obvious respect and joy that they share with each other. Between them they have appeared on over a dozen Juno Award winning recordings. This is truly a meeting of two supremely gifted musical minds. After a 30 year relationship their first duo recording, Look For The Silver Lining, is now available on the Triplet Records label. Bios Newly elected Order of Canada recipient, saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Among over 100 recordings he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet. For 15 years Phil was a successful session player, and a regular performer Toronto’s top jazz clubs, where he appeared with jazz giants Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Joe Labarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker and many others. He was also an ‘in demand’ arranger, musical director, composer and performer for CBC Radio Music, appearing regularly on national broadcasts, and as m/d of a groundbreaking 3 hour live broadcast from post-Katrina New Orleans. In addition to regular touring in Canada he has been active internationally, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America. A resident of his native Vancouver Island since 2004 Phil remains busy as a performer and as a composer and arranger for concert and recording projects. This includes orchestral projects with Sarah Slean and the CBC Orchestra, big band work with Hard Rubber Orchestra, chamber music for the Gryphon Trio, and several projects with the Art Of Time Ensemble, of which he is a founding member. Phil was twice named “arranger of the year” at the National Jazz Awards. His most recent project, an ambitious 40 minute work called “Changing Seasons” was a piece written for violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, along with jazz orchestra and string orchestra. It received it’s successful premiere at McGill University in late 2010, and plans are currently underway for a studio recording. Donald Thompson was born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada on January 18th 1940. He lived in Vancouver from 1960 to 1965 working as a freelance musician primarily on bass. He appeared with groups led by some of Vancouver's finest musicians such as Dave Robbins, Chris Gage, and Fraser McPherson, as well as leading his own groups. He also appeared regularly on CBC Radio and Television as a featured artist and band leader. In 1965 he joined the now legendary John Handy Quintet and moved to San Francisco for a two year stay. During that time the Handy Quintet performed extensively throughout the United States and recorded two albums for the Columbia label. One of these, John Handy live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, became one of the most popular jazz albums of the 1960s. (Now available on CD). Whilst in San Francisco Don also worked with Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Denny Zeitlin, and George Duke. He returned to Canada in 1967 and has been a resident of Toronto since 1969. In that year he joined Rob McConnell's Boss Brass as a percussionist, switching to bass in 1971 and later to piano 1987 - 1993). He was also a member of Moe Koffman's group from 1970 to 1979 as pianist or bassist, contributing arrangements and compositions and working as co-producer with Koffman on two albums -Museum Pieces and Looking Up. He also worked extensively with guitarists Ed Bickert, Lenny Breau and Sonny Greenwich while keeping busy with his own various projects. As a member of the house rhythm section at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked (and recorded *) with such Jazz Celebrities as Paul Desmond *, Jim Hall *, Milt Jackson *, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Frank Rosolino *, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan, and Kenny Wheeler. He became a member of guitarist Jim Hall's trio in 1974 traveling to Europe and Japan as well as touring the United States and Canada. In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States. Their travels also included tours of Great Britain and two trips to Brazil. In 1996 he was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and performed in a concert of all - Canadian music with fellow Canadians Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser. He teaches regularly at The Banff Centre along with other major international musicians. Don is currently working as a freelance musician, teacher, member of the band JMOG and as leader of his own Quartet. He is equally at home on vibes, piano, bass and drums, and is a reliable and trusted sound engineer (has his own studio in his home).
Location: GALLERY 345 345 Sorauren Avenue (South of Dundas St. West, East of Roncesvalles)
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