Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
- John Geggie - double bass
- Ron Miles - trumpet
- David Occhipinti - guitar
Ron Miles trumpet (Denver, Colorado)
Denver trumpeter Ron Miles' resume includes time with Bill Frisell, Don Byron, the Ellington Orchestra, and Fred Hess' Boulder Creative Music Ensemble. Besides being solicited all over the world for his unique sound, Ron is a staple of the Denver jazz scene and his recent releases as band leader show off his skills as a composer and arranger as well as a “phenomenally gifted trumpeter” (Bill Milkowski). Ron Miles was widely recognized as a musical director and arranger with the release of Ginger Baker’s Coward of the County (Atlantic 1999). His compositions anchor that record and highlight the varied influences from which Ron draws inspiration.
Hailed as an inventive composer and gifted trumpeter on his solo releases, Ron cruised through the 1990s with a series of well-received releases on Gramavision (My Cruel Heart, Woman’' Day) and Capri (Witness, Ron Miles Trio).
In 2002 Ron slowed it down for a quiet, intimate recording with friend and master jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Heaven again showcases Ron's talent as an arranger, particularly on Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart”" and Bob Dylan's “"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."” According to Bill Frisell, "What is so exciting about Ron is that he really has his own voice. It seems like everything that is going on right now is either very conservative or it rejects everything. Ron has found a way to include everything and not reject things, and still be his own person." Miles said of his playing with Bill, "I think we share a fondness for striking melody, patience and the importance of individual timbre."
Ron's newest record from Sterling Circle is Laughing Barrel - a quartet recording featuring seven of Ron's original tunes.
David Occhipinti – guitar (Toronto)
Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti’s fourth CD featuring his own compositions, Forty Revolutions, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award in the contemporary jazz category. David has also released two duo CD’s with saxophonist Mike Murley. Their first CD, Duologue, was nominated for a Juno Award in 2003. David is beginning to make a name for himself as a composer and has received commissions to compose for solo artists, chamber groups and large ensembles. He has performed all across Canada, in the U.S., Europe, Japan and in Italy where he lived for a short time. David’s development as an artist has been aided by the composition, recording and touring grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, Chalmer’s Arts Fellowship, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the DFAIT. David Occhipinti studied in New York with the legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall during the mid 1990's. David presently teaches guitar and ensembles at the University of Toronto and Humber College.
National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage
53 Elgin Street