Café Classico – John Geggie and Friends, opening performance: Ruby Jin
Presented by: Shenkman Arts Centre Presents
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1 pm
Savour a relaxed Sunday afternoon chamber music showcase of regional musicians in a cabaret-style setting in the beautiful lower lobby which also includes freshly baked croissants and coffee.
This concert features John Geggie and Friends, a trio of Ottawa-based jazz musicians, recognized for their accomplishments both locally and internationally. Together, they’ll present an intimate concert in the lower lobby featuring double bass, guitar and piano.
About the Artists
Double bassist John Geggie is an internationally established performer and composer, working regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. John has recorded or performed with a who’s who of creative improvised music: Bela Fleck, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Craig Taborn, Sheila Jordan, David Murray, Matt Brubeck, Marilyn Crispell, Cuong Vu, DD Jackson, Mark Dresser, Vic Juris, Billy Hart, Andrew Cyrille and Grammy-winner Ted Nash. For 13 years, he programmed, curated and performed in his own invitational series of concerts (The Geggie Series) at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. He has hosted the Ottawa Jazz Festival Late Night Jam Series for almost 20 years. Soon, John will be releasing a new trio CD (with Roddy Ellias and New York saxophonist Joel Frahm). Mr. Geggie has composed works (St. Andrew’s Vibrations and Paraphrase) on two occasions which were premiered by Thirteen Strings. He can also be heard regularly performing on the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Music and Beyond and the Ottawa Chamberfest.
Tim Bedner is a modern lyrical composer and improviser, and an award-winning teacher and performer on six- and seven-string guitar. Reviewers have called him “a talent and a force, playing with grace, style, passion, and inventiveness.” His CD recording “Of Light and Shadow” debuted in the #1 spot of the CMJ jazz chart, where it remained in the Top 40 for four weeks.
A gifted and sought-after accompanist, he has performed with many well-known musicians across a variety of genres. Tim has shared a stage with artists as diverse as jazz guitar icon John Abercrombie, national fingerstyle champion Pat Donohue (Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor), Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, the Segovia of jazz guitar Gene Bertoncini, fusion band Spirogyra, Toronto jazz guitar legend Lorne Lofsky, saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake, Pittsburgh veteran jazz drummer Roger Humphries, Juno-nominated Vancouver guitar man Bill Coon, Montreal Juno-winning guitarist Mike Rud, flamenco guitarist Marija Temo, bluesman Ernie Hawkins,and members of The Fringe (George Garzone and John Lockwood) and the New York Voices.
Steve Boudreau is an Ottawa-based jazz pianist and educator. His studies have taken him across Canada and the United States where he obtained a masters’ degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. While there he studied privately with Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi and Ran Blake, among others. He has performed and taught internationally, including workshops and lessons in Germany and Austria, and a feature concert and talks at Utah Valley University. Recent projects include a trio album with John Geggie and Michel Delage entitled “Preludes: The Music of George Gershwin”, and an album of original music for quartet co-led by guitarist Garry Elliott entitled “Opus 2”. Currently he is working on a project that combines jazz improvisation with elements of North Indian classical music with internationally renowned vocalist Vinay Bhide. Steve has many private students and is currently adjunct faculty at Carleton University for commercial and jazz piano.
About the Opener
A busy recitalist and chamber musician, Ruby Jin has performed for the Music and Beyond Festival and Doors Open for Music at Southminster series in Ottawa, the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series in Edmonton, Müzewest Festival in Vancouver, L’Oasis Musicale in Montreal, and recently as the soloist with the Timmins Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared internationally in China, South Korea, Germany, and the UK. Currently based in Ottawa, Ms. Jin performs as a collaborative pianist with local instrumentalists and singers, and maintains a busy private teaching studio. She has been exploring new music, and is privileged to have given the world premieres of a number of chamber, and solo piano works. Ms. Jin holds a Doctor of Music degree in piano performance from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
Ages: All ages
Tickets (all-in price): $15
Tickets are only available by calling 613-580-2700 or by visiting our box office in person.