Michael Blake Trio

TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

Saturday February 9 @ 6:30pm, La Nouvelle Scène Studio A $30 + HST and fees

Bio

Featuring:
Michael Blake – saxophone
Jerry Granelli - drums
Peggy Lee – cello

Montreal born saxophonist Michael Blake has built a career playing jazz and creative music in New York City for over 30 years. He is a visionary composer and has produced a cornucopia of recordings that vary in context and mood. Michael has scored and arranged original music for film and television, big band and chamber ensemble. His work has been premiered and performed around the globe. He has received commissions from Chamber Music America, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Doris Duke Foundation and The BC Arts Council. He is a respected teacher and has conducted workshops and classes in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

With a career that spans 60 years, master drummer and composer Jerry Granelli (born and raised in San Francisco, California) has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Charlie Haden, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Vince Guaraldi. His prolific and genre-crossing music has been recognized by institutions such as the Junos, The Grammy Awards, the National Library of Congress Sound Archives, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His latest recording Dance Hall (Justin Time) draws from his experiences both past and present and features guitar greats Bill Frisell and Robben Ford. He continues to have a profound influence in the cultural community in Nova Scotia, where he has lived since 1986.

Born and raised in Toronto, cellist, improviser and composer Peggy Lee studied classical cello when she became interested in collaborating with artists from different mediums and veering her away from the classical path. This led to a decision to move away from the known, relocating to Vancouver, B.C. where she now makes her home. In addition to her work with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Peggy leads or co-leads a number of musical projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Waxwing, Handmade Blade, The Sands and Beautiful Tool with Mary Margaret O'hara. She has also collaborated with theater and dance companies. In 2013 Peggy was the recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for music.

The Trio: In 2015 Michael joined the faculty at the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax, NS. Unlike any other program of its kind, Jerry Granelli’s curriculum at CMW involves innovative techniques that open up the performers’ creative process. Peggy Lee joined the faculty a year later and the three began performing together along with other faculty members at the HalIfax Jazz Festival. Their unscripted music is intuitive, relying on each other’s musicianship rather than following a preconceived agenda. The trio’s combined experience allows the music to splash forward, creating a spontaneous and heartfelt sound in which anything goes. While Lee and Blake’s instincts lean toward the lyrical, Granelli’s unique percussive style is always in flux. The drummer’s fearless energy is contagious, providing the spark to inspire his fellow musicians and elevate the bandstand. Together they explore music on equal ground, weaving imaginative compositions in perfect tandem.

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