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Pianist Patrick Godfrey Offers Unique Alternative to JazzFest

June 27, 2009

AGH_June28posterVictoria pianist/vocalist Patrick Godfrey, who has recorded with the likes of Bruce Cockburn and Daniel Lanois; and enjoyed the critical praise of jazz writers like Mark Miller, offers an eclectic alternative to JazzFest this Sunday, June 28 at Alix Goolden Hall.

Godfrey, appearing with bassist Joey Smith and drummer Damian Graham, will perform a mixed program that, while incorporating some straight-ahead jazz, will feature vocals from his new CD That’s Why, solo piano improvisations in the style of his recent Still Life Still, and re-imagined older material from his Ancient Ships CD, this time arranged for trio.

This ambitious program will display just some of the many sides of a talented, self-taught musician, who, besides recording nine of his own albums and (by 1970) being a first-call pianist for many of the best musicians in Canada, is also known as a successful producer, film composer, and children’s performer.

The eclectic Godfrey was the associate producer on the million-selling Beethoven Lives Upstairs (and related recordings), co-wrote Joshua Giraffe with Raffi, and has scored the music for numerous animations like the Academy Award-nominated The Big Snit. He is currently working with Raffi on a new CD project and is developing a children’s TV Series based on Joshua Giraffe.

Godfrey has certainly enjoyed the positive attention of the jazz press , with Downbeat giving his 1984 release Bells of the Earth four stars and a reviewer at Cadence calling it the most distinctive solo piano LP he’d encountered in the previous two years. In both cases the writers compared Godfrey favourably to Keith Jarrett and pointed to the rich classical influences in his playing.

And so if you are all jazzed out on Sunday night and would like to try something different, wander over to Alix Goolden Hall. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and the show starts at 8 pm. For more information and to sample his recordings visit Godfrey’s website at http://patrickgodfrey.com/

– Rick Gibbs

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