Legends of Canadian Jazz

Hard Rubber New Music, SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and Coastal Jazz present


Legends of Canadian Jazz
Music of Oscar Peterson, Maynard Ferguson,
Kenny Wheeler. World Premiere by Ian McDougall8pm, Saturday, November 26
Studio D, SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W.Hastings Street, tickets $20 (general), $15 (students/seniors)
Buy tickets here: 604.873.3311, http://tickets.vancouverplayhouse.com/sfu/calendar.aspxFor more info: www.hardrubber.com or phone 604.683.8240


On Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Studio at SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, the 18-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra will pay tribute to the greatest jazz legends this country has produced: Oscar Peterson, Maynard Ferguson and Kenny Wheeler as well a world premiere of Floorshow, a commissioned work by Canadian composer/ trombonist Ian McDougall.The concert will feature Vancouver’s Ross Taggart playing selections from Peterson’s famous Canadiana Suite arranged for jazz orchestra. Toronto’s Mike Herriott will be guest soloist on the exciting, high-energy sounds of Maynard Ferguson, and the music of London-based, Canadian Kenny Wheeler will be conducted by Juno award winning Hugh Fraser, who served as musical director of Wheeler’s jazz orchestra for its 2000 European tour celebrating Wheeler’s 70th birthday. Rounding out the evening will be a world premier of a commissioned work by Ian McDougall. McDougall, an original member of Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass (Toronto), was lead trombonist and soloist for 20 years. A regular contributor of compositions to Boss Brass, Ian has also been commissioned by the CBC Radio Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Lafayette String Quartet. Floorshow, a Concerto for Violin and Hard Rubber Orchestra will feature violinist Rebecca Whitling.

Formed by artistic director John Korsrud twenty years ago, the Hard Rubber Orchestra has consistently been Canada’s most active and unpredictable ensembles of creative music, presenting concerts of original music by some of Canada’s most exciting composers, performed by Vancouver’s finest musicians. They have toured across Canada several times and to Europe, released 2 CDs, and have produced operas, TV specials, ice shows and raves. They are the recipients of the 2005 Alcan Arts Award, the largest arts award for creation in Canada.

Described by the Georgia Straight as the “Godzilla of the Vancouver jazz scene, a big, goofy monster that stomps through complex charts with the swagger of big swing band and the heat of a thermonuclear explosion,” The Hard Rubber Orchestra has commissioned many of the finest composers from Vancouver and across Canada, including Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Michael Blake, Fred Stride, Hugh Fraser, Peter Hannan, Howard Bashaw and Montreal’s Jean Derome and René Lussier.

“The performance was one of the most exhilarating I’ve been to in ages. I’ve rarely encountered such a magical combination of terrific musicians exploring well-crafted new repertoire with wit and intelligence. The sheer energy and commitment that went into the event was staggering . . . it was one of the most impressive musical events I’ve experienced in Vancouver in several years.”
Denise Ball, Producer, CBC Radio