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Vocalist Steve Maddock & The Blues Project

Vocalist Steve Maddock & The Blues Project

“There is little doubt that Steve Maddock is one of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists.” ~ Siegel Entertainment Ltd.

Bio

Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has established himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh.

Join vocalist Steve Maddock and his sextet as they explore the blues in its purest and most basic form: Blues in the style of Joe Williams, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Bessie Smith. These artists taught us how to sing the blues, and their timeless interpretations continue to captivate, inspire, and influence us.

Learn more about Steve at http://www.stevemaddock.com

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Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Vocalist, actor and educator. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio (Hot Air, Tonic, The Homestretch, Choral Concert, Disc Drive, The Early Edition and Sounds Like Canada).

Steve’s first love is jazz, a passion that began in earnest while playing trumpet in his high school big band. Since that time, he’s immersed himself in the study of the jazz language, performing with (and learning so much from) some of Canada’s most gifted and accomplished musicians. He released a self-titled debut album back in 1999, and in 2009 released Memory Cafe, a mix of standards and original jazz compositions by Canadian songwriter Craig Salkeld. This album features a veritable who’s who of west coast jazz talent, with a core group of pianist Miles Black, guitarist Bill Coon, bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Craig Scott. Special guests on the recording include the late Ross Taggart on tenor sax, Campbell Ryga on alto and baritone saxes, trombonist Rod Murray, and trumpeters Brad Turner and Kent Wallace.

Steve studied acting at the University Of Windsor, Ontario, and remains active as a stage performer. Some recent roles include George Kittredge in High Society (Arts Club Theatre Co.), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Vancouver Playhouse), Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Footlight Theatre Co.), Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary), Billy Bigelow in Carousel (Royal City Musical Theatre Company), and The Beast in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Arts Club). Other stage credits include Cats, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Songs For A New World, Tomfoolery, Dads:The Musical, My Fair Lady, Annie, South Pacific, Guys And Dolls, Annie get Your Gun, The Mikado, West Side Story, and Oliver Twist.

Steve is currently on the Jazz Faculty of Capilano University. His association with Capilano goes back almost twenty-five years, when he first enrolled as a vocal performance major in what was then the Commercial Music Program. The current Jazz Studies Program was introduced in 1993, and Steve was hired as an instructor in 1996. Since that time he’s taught private voice, vocal jazz master class, studio performance, vocal improvisation and ear training. As an adjudicator and clinician, he’s worked at Musicfest Canada, The Envision Jazz Festival, The Rocky Mountain Jazz Festival, Powell River’s Jazz Summit, The Kiwanis Festival, The Mission Jazz Festival, The Whistler Music Festival, The Sun Peaks Music Festival, and The South Delta Jazz Workshop.

Since graduating with a Film Scoring degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1995, Vancouver native Chris Gestrin has become an integral part of the Canadian music scene. As a versatile pianist and multi-keyboardist, composer, engineer and producer he has worked on over 300 albums covering a wide range of musical styles. From avant garde electronic improvisations to greasy soul organ music, introspective piano jazz to top of the charts pop, rock and hip-hop, Gestrin is in high demand for his eclectic talents and ability to bring a high level of musical inspiration to any situation. 11 Juno awards, 4 Western Canadian Music awards, 2 Eastern Canadian Music awards, Aboriginal music awards and a Canadian Folk Music award are just some of the accolades from the numerous projects he has been involved with.

As a jazz artist, Gestrin has performed on and off the stage not only with his great Canadian colleagues, but with a who’s who of the Jazz world. Gary Peacock, David ‘Fat Head’ Newman, Kenny Wheeler, Mino Cinelu, Jerry Granelli (Vince Gauraldi Trio), Petra Haden, Duke Robillard, Dave Douglas, Ben Monder, Michael Blake, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Green, Ralph Bowen, PJ Perry, Red Holloway, and producer Lee Townsend to name a few. In the more mainstream music world, Chris has had the pleasure of working with a large number of prominent artists including Randy Bachman, D.O.A., Bob Rock, Colin James, Jann Arden, K-OS, Swollen Members, Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson, Nickelback, Kelly Joe Phelps, Loudon Wainwright III, Long John Baldry, Barney Bentall and Jeff Healey .

Chris’s original music has been featured in numerous television shows including The Dead Zone, Dark Angel, The L-Word, The Outer Limits, Crash Test Mommy, and Rob Feenie’s New Classics. His score for the film ‘Songs She Wrote About People She Knows’ was nominated for ‘best original score’ in the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. In 2007 Chris collaborated with Ocular tip media and film makers Jeff Carter and Diarmuid Conway to create a beautiful pairing of images and music in the 24 minute film ‘Inside Passage’, which was featured in film festivals throughout Canada and the United Sates. His recording, ‘Stillpoint’, on the Songlines label was listed as one of the best albums of 2003 in Downbeat magazine.

Currently Chris performs regularly with fellow Canadians such as The Hard Rubber Orchestra, Jerry Granelli, Peggy Lee, Brad Turner, Denzal Sinclaire, Cory Weeds, Michael Blake, Jim Byrnes, and Steve Dawson and is hard at work in the studio producing recordings for various artists across different genres including the 2013 Juno awards Instrumental Album ofthe Year ‘Fantastic Pictures’ by Pugs and Crows. He also has his own independent music label ‘phonometrograph’. Check out http://www.phonometrograph.com for some great album releases.

Born in Lévis, QC in 1972 and raised in Québec City, musician André Lachance has been living in Vancouver since 1990. After attending the Capilano College music program in the early 90’s, he began performing and recording on the Vancouver music scene and has been a steady contributor to the city’s music and arts ever since. Performing and recording on double-bass, guitar and electric bass, he has been a member of the Brad Turner Quartet, the Peggy Lee Band, the Guillaume Bouchard Quartet, the Bruno Hubert Trio, the Ian McDougall Quartet/Sextet, the Chris Gestrin Trio, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet, Stillpoint, the Kevin Elaschuk Quartet and many more ensembles, as well as leading his own group as a guitarist, Quatuor André Lachance, with Chris Gestrin, Brad Turner and Joe Poole.

André has toured extensively both nationally and internationally as well as recorded for various labels such as Songlines, Cellar Live, Maximum Jazz, Justin Time, Spool and for the CBC and Radio-Canada. He is involved in projects in jazz, musique actuelle, funk and pop and has also collaborated with various dance and theatre companies. Teaching both basses and guitar at Capilano University’s Bachelor of Jazz program since 1996, as well as being on faculty at the Banff International Jazz Workshop in 2004, he has also been an educator in many workshops in various high school band festivals and music camps across the country. He has also worked as a sound engineer for Radio-Canada FM in Vancouver.

As well as being a bandleader, composer and member of longtime groups, as a sideman, André has often had the honour of accompanying visiting international musicians in concert performances, such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Morgan, Clark Terry, Harold Mabern, Dave Douglas, Julian Arguelles, Roy McCurdy, Jon Mayer, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Gary Bartz, Geoff Keezer, Claude Ranger, PJ Perry, Phil Dwyer, Seamus Blake, Michael Blake, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the NOW Orchestra with George Lewis. He also considers being personally insulted onstage by comic legend Don Rickles on two occasions a career highlight as well.

Dave Robbins is one of Canada’s premier jazz drummers and a first-rate composer, arranger and jazz educator. Though well known as a sideman for his exciting big band work and sensitive trio playing, Robbins also leads his own bands.

Dave grew up in Victoria and was educated at McGill University in Montreal where he received his Masters in Jazz Studies. While in Montreal he toured and recorded in bands with Vic Vogel, Joe Sullivan, Altsys, and the Streetnix among others. In 1996 he could no longer resist the pull of the west coast, and is thrilled to have moved back. He is kept very busy playing with Bill Coon, Dee Daniels, Hugh Fraser, Oliver Gannon, John Korsrud, and Jennifer Scott, to name a few.

Dave has played music all over the world, in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Cuba, Finland, France, and Ireland. Musicians he has performed with include: Gary Bartz, Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Buddy Montgomery, Bob Minzer, PJ Perry, and Don Thompson.

Dave is also very involved as an educator. After teaching at McGill’s Conservatory of Music while in Montreal, he is now on the music faculty at Capilano University where he instructs arranging, drums, piano, and large ensembles. As well as institutional educating, Dave does clinics and private instructing.

Brad Turner (M.Mus University of North Texas, 1992) is a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer who is one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed jazz musicians.

After receiving his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 1992, Turner returned to Vancouver, and was hired as an instructor of trumpet at Capilano University (then Capilano College).

Brad has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, Michael Moore, Reneé Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Peggy Lee, Dave Douglas, Mike Murley, Seamus Blake, Kenny Werner, Mino Cinelu, Russell Malone, Charles McPherson, Phil Dwyer, Roy McCurdy, Harold Mabern and Ernie Watts. Brad’s groups have opened for McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Ahmad Jamal and Tony Bennett.
As a leader, Turner has released ten albums, eight as a trumpeter with the Brad Turner Quartet, and two as a pianist with his trio. As a founding member of the multiple juno award winning group Metalwood, he has released six albums.

In 1997 and 1998 Brad won Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and again in 2017 for Best Jazz Album recognizing his work in the internationally acclaimed electric jazz group Metalwood.

Winner of National Jazz Awards for Jazz Composer of the Year (2000 and 2002), Brad was awarded Musician of the Year for 2005, and was a recipient of 2006 Victor Lynch- Staunton Prize for excellence in musical achievement.

In 2008 and again in 2009, Brad took home National Jazz Awards for Trumpeter of the Year and Producer of the year, and was the recipient of the 2014 Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award for music.

Brad has been a member of the jazz studies faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C., since 1992.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020

8:00pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Main Theatre Seating

Personnel

Steve Maddock - voice
Chris Gestrin - piano
André Lachance - bass
Dave Robbins - drums
Cory Weeds - tenor saxophone
Brad Turner - trumpet

Support

SelectricityYukon Arts CentreCellar Music Group

SponsorsGovernment of YukonCity of WhitehorseLotteries YukonGovernment of CanadaYukon Arts Centre Air North, Yukon's AirlineCellar Live Hougens Group