For more than a dozen years, jazz bassist John Geggie has brought superb jazz players from Canada and the world to play together in new combinations. Tonight in Ottawa at the NAC Fourth Stage, and tomorrow afternoon in Kingston, is the latest – and perhaps last – in this long-running series of concerts.
But if it is, he's leaving with a great lineup, with many Juno-award-winning Canadian jazz musicians. Geggie has played with every one of them at a previous concert in his series, some several times.
Saxophonists Christine Jensen (2014 Juno) and Joel Miller (2013 Juno), and pianist David Braid (2012 Juno) are all well-known as ground-breaking composers as well as instrumentalists. Trumpeter and composer Jim Lewis is a frequent face in Ottawa, performing with Geggie and with Christine Duncan, and is a long-time instructor at the JazzWorks Jazz Camp. Drummer Ted Warren has played in many memorable concerts here.
The one thing you can guarantee about a Geggie Invitational concert is that it won't just be a collection of greatest hits. Each musician contributes music, but the group reworks it and gives it new interpretations. As Geggie said in an email, “Ultimately, I simply wanted to put together a fun band of friends and create some creative music.”
– Alayne McGregor
- Next concert in John Geggie Invitational series may be the last
- 2013 Geggie series is shorter and starts later, but has the same spirit
- 2012-13 Geggie Series: In rich harmony (review)