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The Ross Taggart Recording Project Needs Your Support Now

February 3, 2014

I learned today from Cory Weeds that The Cellar in Vancouver has a Kickstarter campaign underway to fund an album in honour of the late Ross Taggart. Ross grew up in Victoria and was a huge part of the jazz scene here. I hope that every jazz fan on Vancouver Island will get behind this project. Act now because there are only 22 days left in the campaign and they need your support. Here’s an excerpt from the campaign description:

Jill Townsend Big Band Records Compositions of Ross Taggart

Arranger extraordinaire Jill Townsend will arrange 10 compositions of the late Ross Taggart and record them with her all star big band!

On January 9th, 2013 saxophonist, pianist & composer Ross Taggart succumbed to cancer. Ross’ passing hit the Vancouver, Canadian and North American jazz scenes very hard and his presence has been sorely missed by all.  Ross was a larger than life figure, always making people laugh and continuously putting the needs of others ahead of his own.  Ross had an instantly recognizable tenor saxophone sound that was big and robust a la Dexter Gordon and his touch on the piano was remarkable.  He had the rare gift of making everyone around him play better and sound better and feel better.

Ross left a large legacy of compositions behind that have been played and recorded by many.  In collaboration with award winning bandleader Jill Townsend, Cellar Live had the idea of getting Jill to arrange 10 of Ross’ compositions for her big band of which Ross was a founding member, and recording them to make up the big band’s second CD.

You can pledge and read more at Kickstarter.

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