Thank you Mark Fried for donating the piano tuning!
Diane Nalini – Jazz singer-songwriter Diane Nalini has released four critically-acclaimed CDs over the past decade, writing and singing in four languages and performing at festivals around the world. Diane won second prize in the UK’s Young Jazz Vocalist of the Year awards in 2001 and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2002 Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Montreal Gazette wrote: “Diane Nalini has the voice, the phrasing, confidence, clarity and control to make a tune her own and turn it into a nuanced thing of beauty.” She has been heard coast-to-coast on national radio, including several feature interviews on CBC’s The Sunday Edition as well as Radio Canada’s Quand le jazz est là. Diane has given gala performances for President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney. Her original songs have been used in television and independent film, and the song “L’amour d’autrefois” which she co-wrote with Dick Walter was used in the European release of the Hollywood film “Charlotte Grey” starring Cate Blanchett. Diane is also the resident vocalist with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. For more info, visit: www.dianenalini.com
Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator. He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Funk Brothers of “Standing in the Shadow of Motown” fame, and the nine-member world beat band Manteca. As a composer, his credits include the CBC television series Life & Times, Cottage Country, and On the Road Again. Mark has written a film score entitled Transformation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and created the music for Corel’s video editing software Lumiere. His original compositions are featured in Treehouse Television’s series Toy Castle, advertising jingles for radio and T.V. and in the recordings of various artists.
Visit Mark at www.markferguson.ca
John Geggie – Double bassist John Geggie is an internationally established performer and composer. He works regularly with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Current projects include the Algonquin Ensemble (with Terry Tufts and Kathryn Briggs), the Crossroads Quartet (with Petr Cancura, Roddy Ellias and Greg Ritchie) as well as the John Geggie Journey Band. 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, D.D. Jackson, Mark Dresser, Vic Juris, Billy Hart, Andrew Cyrille and Grammy-winner Ted Nash. He has hosted the Ottawa Jazz Festival Late Night Jam Series for over 15 years. John will be releasing a new trio this summer (with Roddy Ellias and Joel Frahm). John Geggie is on the faculty at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau.