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Wreckhouse Workshops!

July 5, 2013

With the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival less than a week away, we want to make sure you get the most our of this year’s festival.  As always we have 4 nights of the best Jazz, Blues, and World Music in the world, but this year we also have the exciting opportunity to present you with two workshops from trombone veteran Michael Daigeau, and guitar master John Scofield!

Scofield Color 1John Scofield Workshop

Thursday July 11 – 2:00pm @ ACC Barbara Barrett Theatre ($25)

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.  He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s also played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock among many jazz legends.  Now an adjunct professor of music at New York University, John Scofield has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation, and any up-and-coming musicians should not miss out on this great opportunity to hear from a pro.

Michael Daigeau 2Michael Daigeau Masterclass

Saturday July 13 – 2:00pm @ Rocket Room ($10)

Michael Daigeau is an extraordinary musician, and one of the most sought-after horn players out there. He has played with just about every big name in music, including Doc Severinson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Phil Collins, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Ashanti, and countless other bands and orchestra’s. Any wind players out there, do not miss this chance to not only listen to this industry titan speak, but you can also sign up to participate in the masterclass and play for him!  Anyone interested in taking part in this workshop should contact Brian Way at brianway@nl.rogers.com to sign up!  There are a multitude of accompanists available for performers and ANYONE is more than welcome to participate.

 

Don’t miss either of these fantastic workshops at the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, July 10-13 in Downtown St. John’s.  For more information on our artists, or the festival schedule, check out our website at http://wreckhousejazzandblues.com/ or email alex@wreckhousejazzandblues.com.

 

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John Scofield at the 2013 WIJBF!

June 25, 2013

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Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues is absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome living legend John Scofield to St. John’s this summer for the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival.

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982-1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.

Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband and father of two. John has recently released two new albums, “This Meets That” and “That’s What I Say.”

It is an absolute treat to have Mr. Scofield coming to St. John’s this year, and luckily there are still tickets available to see this amazing concert!  So don’t miss The John Scofield Überjam Band ft. Andy Hess, Avi Bortnik, and Tony Mason, July 11 at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

To buy tickets for this incredible show, click HERE.

And for more information on the full lineup for this year’s WIJBF, please visit our website at http://wreckhousejazzandblues.com or email alex@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

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Soul Rebels at Bonnaroo!

June 19, 2012

Check out the Soul Rebels bringing the house down at Bonnaroo!  http://youtu.be/3JBAup_hmRI

Their impromptu Mardi Gras parade with the Alabama Shakes earned them a spot in in Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Moments of Bonnaroo, check out the article here.

The Soul Rebels are playing at the 2012 WIJBF on July 5th, 10:30pm @ Club One, be sure to get your tickets while you can!

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An Interview With Bill Brennan

July 12, 2011

By Jonathan Hicks

 

A pianist and percussionist, Bill Brennan is a very well-known player in the Newfoundland and Labrador jazz scene and the local music scene in general. At the young age of eight Bill began playing music and because of his dedication, his knowledge and love of music is tremendous. He has recorded solo albums and has also played and recorded with artists such as: Mika Yoshida, Sisters Euclid (“All Good Babies Go to War”), Andrea Koziol (“Coming of Age”), Curtis Andrews (“The Offering of Curtis Andrews”), Snook (“Snook’s Christmas”) and many more. He has also performed on two motion picture scores:  “Ice Storm” (Director: Ang Lee) and “Antoine Fisher” (Director: Denzel Washington). Bill has composed numerous pieces for piano as well as pieces for percussion and jazz ensembles. He has performed in Norway, Germany, Austria, Japan, Belgium, France, Portugal and Canada. Bill’s performance history ranges from music for theater, contemporary, folk, orchestral and jazz.

Playing jazz became a part of Bill’s life 28 years ago while he was attending university. He was drawn to jazz at this time because jazz music gave him “the ability to express”. Bill’s biggest music/jazz influences include “Stevie Wonder, Don Wherry, Keith Jarrett [and] Egberto Gismonti” and if you were to ask who he enjoys listening to and who he draws inspiration from he would say “Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Toots Thielemans, John Coltrane, Herbie, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and so many more.”

Bill has been performing in the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival (WIJBF) for seven years and in that span of time has played with about 6 or 7 groups at the festival. Bill believes that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is having a very positive effect on the St. John’s and Newfoundland and Labrador music scene and says that he enjoys seeing other musicians perform and “bring jazz alive in the city.” Bill’s favourite memories from past years at the festival include “Rinse the Algorithythm” (a group that fuses new and old jazz traditions with modern dance music) performing at last year’s festival and the closing night party at The Dusk in 2009.

Finally I asked Bill “What tips would you give to a jazz musician trying to get themselves and their music recognized?” His response could apply to any musician and was simple yet profound: “Realize that it is a tough road but totally worth it.”

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Kenwood Dennard Rocking the House at the 2011 WIJBF

July 11, 2011

Kenwood Dennard is a multi-talented drummer/keyboardist/composer extraordinaire.  Kenwood has played with a laundry list of incredible musicians including jazz greats like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones , Pop sensations like Whitney Houston and Vanessa Williams, and even the Boston Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few.  Kenwood is recognized all over the world as a highly skilled professional; not only is he a Berkeley Professor, but he has also won awards such as the Salute the African American Composer Award, and Modern Drummer’s 5th Best Funk Drummer in the World.

Kenwood is a true artist and has limitless potential as a musician, so be sure to catch Kenwood Dennard, Delmar Brown, and Chulo Gatewood on July 16th, 12:30pm at Atlantic Place and again at 8:00pm at the Majestic Theatre, or check out their Metarhythm Clinic 3:00pm at the Majestic Theatre.

Get tickets to see Kenwood here.

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Amazing Sextet Tunnel Six at the 2011 WIJBF

July 7, 2011

Tunnel Six is comprised of six incredibly talented up-and-coming musicians from the US and Canada.  While they have only been playing together for a few years, their chemistry with each other is undeniable on stage.   The band performs original material composed by all of its members that incorporate strong storytelling and improvisational aspects into the music, which makes for a very interesting performance.  Tunnel Six are well on their way to the top, having already toured extensively from Montreal to Portland in 2010.

Tunnel Six is an amazing group on the rise to fame and are sure to put off a spectacular performance at the 2011 WIJBF.

Get your tickets to see Tunnel Six here.

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Canadian Sweetheart Alex Pangman Performing at the 10th Annual WIJBF

July 6, 2011

Alex Pangman will be taking St. John’s by storm as she hits the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival on July 15th.  Alex is a superb singer and songwriter, and has the innate ability to breathe new life into classic jazz standards.  She has developed a very loyal following in Toronto among jazz listeners and dancers alike, and has gained significant International recognition for her work as well.  Alex and her Alley Cats have played concerts and halls all across Canada, not to mention an impressive showcase at the Montreal Jazz Festival.  She has garnered several awards like Songwriter of the Year from the National Jazz Awards, and a Genie Award for Best Original Song, making Alex Pangman a force to be reckoned with this summer.

You can catch Alex gracing the stage on July 15th, 8:15pm at the Masonic Temple with opening act the Marry Barry Quintet.  Be sure not to miss this great concert at the 10th Annual WIJBF.

 

 

Get tickets to see Alex here.

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