I hope everyone had a fantastic and relaxing holiday. December is usually quite a busy time as a freelance musician, and I am grateful that I was able to take time off to spend with family and friends. I was very fortunate to take part in a three-day tour with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra this month for a set of concerts focused around holiday music. We had three great performances at the Dekker Centre in North Battleford, the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, and Saskatoon’s Broadway Theatre.
I am excited to announce that the Bassment is hosting the Gerard Weber Group for the third year on Saturday, January 5 (8:00pm). The Gerard Weber Group is comprised of Adam Streisel (trumpet), Paul Suchan (keyboards), Nevin Buehler (bass), and Brett Graham (drums and vibraphone). We will be performing the music of jazz and fusion guitarist Pat Metheny, whose career has spanned nearly forty years of touring, composing, and teaching. From Bright Size Life (1976) to the Pat Metheny Unity Band (2012), we’ve chosen selections from his greatest recordings and collaborations. I also plan to test drive a new composition of mine with the group, and I am happy to say that we will feature compositions from Brett Graham as well. École Canadienne-française combo jazz (directed by Ruth Russell) will open up the show with a few jazz standards.
Whether you like the music of Pat Metheny or you’re looking for something to do post-New Year’s, I invite you to come check us out at the Bassment! Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Bassment’s website. I encourage you to take a look at all of the other great shows coming up at the Bassment as well – they have at least two shows every weekend and cover plenty of genres, including jazz, folk, bluegrass, rock, country, roots, to name a few.