Date: Mar. 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: The Roxy
More Info: www.jamesmcrae.ca/lightfoot
Tickets: online or at north road sports
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Nanaimo drummer and composer James McRae has arranged a musical tribute to Gordon Lightfoot. McRae’s “Impressions of Lightfoot” recognizes the importance of Gordon Lightfoot’s deep and everlasting contribution to Canada’s musical culture and heritage. The band features three of Canada’s most highly regarded and sought after
musicians; Jennifer Scott, Rene Worst, and Miles Black.
This musical adventure reflects James McRae’s individualistic musical personality. He’s collaborated with four Nanaimo musical talents; Nico Rhodes, Patrick Courtin, Marisha Devoin and Marty Steele on these fresh arrangements. Gordon Lightfoot songs such as ‘The Way I Feel’, ‘Song For A Winters Night’, and ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, are just a few of this legendary singer-songwriter’s works being covered in this tribute. Of note, Lightfoot started out with aspirations to be a jazz drummer. However, he’s become best known by his fans for half a century for his gentle guitar accompaniment to his melodic stories of life.
McRae said: “I’m excited to perform these shows with three of my closest musical friends”; Vancouver vocalist Jennifer Scott, specializes in Jazz, Blues and World Music and isconsidered one of today’s most important Jazz artists, working in both Canada and the USA. She has played with Gene Bertoncini, Clark Terry, and Kenny Wheeler. “Scott has set herself apart from the jazz-vocalist pack with mesmerizing renditions of the most unlikely tunes” Andy Gilbert (Jazz Times): www.jenniferscott.ca
Westcoast bassist Rene Worst is a Canadian treasure. He’s a virtuoso and supportive bass player whose ability on both acoustic and electric is a rarity on today’s music scene. Rene has played with Chet Baker, David Bowie, Herb Ellis and etc. www.reneworst.com
Vancouver pianist Miles Black is a highly respected career musician who brings anenormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry. He’s played with Oliver Gannon, Houston Person, Lee Konitz, and Slide Hampton. “Miles is one of the finest collaborators you could ever hope to have.” Mike Allen. www.milesblack.com
Sunday March 19th 2PM at The Roxy 401-427 Berry Point Rd, Gabriola Island also with support from Allison Piano of Victoria. 20$ Advance tickets at North Rd. Sports, Gabriola or online www.jamesmcrae.ca/lightfoot