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Jazz at the Gallery Season Finale Features the Tony Genge Trio

May 23, 2010 Comments off

The Tony Genge Trio closes out the inaugural Jazz at the Gallery series with a tribute to the great piano trios of jazz on Sunday, May 30, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Tony Genge (piano), Russ Botten (bass), and Joel Fountain (drums), will offer a “deeply swinging tip of the hat” to pianists like Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, and McCoy Tyner.

Genge is from the west coast but spends much of the year in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he is a professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University. In addition to working as an internationally known composer, he maintains an active career as one of Canada’s leading jazz pianists, educators and writers.

Botten studied with Ray Brown and Don Thompson and has toured with vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire.  He’s also performed with the likes of Clark Terry, Renee Rosnes, and Herb Ellis.

Fountain toured with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and played in the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, a big band that performed with greats like Michael Brecker and Slide Hampton. He has also shared the stage with players like Mike Stern, John Abercrombie and Kenny Wheeler.

The concert takes place in the intimate setting of the Spencer Mansion of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St., and gets underway at 2 pm. Tickets include admission to the Gallery exhibits on the day of the concert.

Seats are still available and can be purchased by phone or in person during regular Gallery hours. For more information, visit http://www.aggv.bc.ca or call 250-384-4101, ext. 0.  Only 100 seats are available and so advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. The four previous concerts were sold out by show time.

Jazz at the Gallery is produced by U-JAM (www.u-jam.ca), a not-for-profit jazz advocacy society, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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