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The Message -
A Tribut to the music of Horace Silver

The Message is:

James McRae - Drums
Phill Albert - bass
Katelin Bowes - vocals
Greg Bush - trumpet
Cam Wigmore - reeds
Larry Miller - reeds
Darcy Phillips - piano
Dave McGrath - percussion

The concert will be an entire evening of Silver’s evocative compositions, featuring arrangements by several different members of the group.

The Georgia Straight Jazz Society is proud to host
The Message - a A Tribute to the Music of Horace Silver
Sunday November 2, 2008
Elks Home, 6th Street, Coutenay

Horace Silver is one of jazz music’s unsung heroes.  Nanaimo musician James McRae aims to do something about that.  An octet of veteran jazz performers has coalesced around McRae’s concept of a Horace Silver Tribute evening.  The Message will perform Silver's music in Courtenay at the Elks’ Home on Sunday November 2nd.

Silver turned 80 this year, and has nearly 6 decades of continuous performance, composition and arranging to his credit.  His best-known compositions include Song For My Father, Doodlin’ and Sister Sadie.  Diverse performers such as Nora Jones, Taj Mahal and Steely Dan cite the influence of his music and sensibility on their own style and material. 

Concert begins at 7:30 and the seating is limited in this intimate comfortable setting.

$12 members
$15 non-members
available at Bop City, Thursday Jazz Club
and at the door.

Horace Silver
Horace Silver


» James McRae has been involved professionally in music performance for the past 28 years.. This past year 2008 he's been blessed to play music with Miles Black, Scott White, Phil Dwyer, Monik Nordine, Pat Coleman and a number of other lesser known and younger musicians deserving of wider recognition, James Darling, Marisha Devoin, Nico Rhodes and some of the members of The Message to name a few...James primarily plays drums, but has ventured into doing gigs on piano in the past year... He has been involved in composition for many years and loves the writing process. Some of his songs have been released on numerous CD's he's been involved with in the past 20 years. Visit James' website - theiconoclast.ca.

» Phillip Albert's musical journey started at a young age from learning piano from his mother Jean. Along the path, Phill has learned/concentrated on various instruments including Trumpet, Guitar, Drums, and Bass. He has recently graduated from Vancouver Island University with a degree in Jazz Studies on Double bass. Phill teaches music at a local music store and hopes to teach at a University one day.

» Katelin Bowes has been singing and competing since an early age taking lessons from Margaret Ferguson and Steven Price. She has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour Europe as a soloist in choral festivals and competitions and is presently teaching voice in Nanaimo. Katelin enjoys singing a diversity of styles including jazz, classical, and folk.

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» Greg Bush, known locally as the musical director the Georgia Straight Big Band, is presently one of the faculty members in the music department at Vancouver Island University teaching jazz trumpet, composition and other music courses. Originally from Montreal, he earned a Master Of Jazz Performance degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Music from Concordia University. He's been on the faculties of Red Deer College in Red Deer Alberta, Canada; Mohawk College in Hamilton Ontario Canada; and McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario Canada. Prior to his recent move to Nanaimo, Greg lived in the Toronto Canada area for 10 years freelancing as a trumpet player and jazz musician after having started his playing career freelancing in Calgary during the '80's. With his own big band and quintet he's performed in concert and club venues including the Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Oakville and Waterloo Jazz Festivals in Canada. Playing jazz has also afforded him the opportunity to perform at various venues in Australia, Canada, the Fiji Islands, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.A. As a sideman Greg has had the good fortune to play in various big bands and jazz orchestras that have accompanied such artists as Bob Brookmeyer, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Big Miller and Bobby Shew. As an adjudicator and clinician Greg has worked at various music festivals in Canada and Texas.

» Cameron Wigmore is a tenor saxophonist, band leader and freelance musician raised in Victoria and currently living in Nanaimo. He has performed and recorded with bands in the genres of jazz, funk, swing, R&B, ska, rock and surf music in cities including Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. Cameron is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Music Degree at Vancouver Island University, building upon two years of study in Toronto at Humber College.

» Larry Miller is an active performer and teacher on Vancouver Island. As a leader he has several CD recordings to his credit including the 2006 release of "Instance" with George McFetridge and James McRae. He has performed with players such as Phil Dwyer, Ian McDougall, Hugh Fraser, Campbell Ryga, Pat Coleman, Dave Robbins, and Brad Turner. As a free lance musician he is often called upon to perform by Dal Richards, noted big band leader in Vancouver since the 40's, and Chris Millington of Victoria. Miller has also performed music on various Cruise lines from 1999 to 2005 in various exotic locations around the globe. Miller's musical education consists of an Associate in Music from Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University), a B.F.A., Degree from York University, a B. Ed.and a Masters of Music both from University of Victoria. In addition to freelance work Miller performs in Nanaimo's "Power Project", a Chicago oriented rock/horn band, and has once again joined forces with James McRae to explore the music of Horace Silver.

» Darcy Phillips is new to the Vancouver Island scene. He's been a professional musician for twenty-five years. Graduating with a certificate in piano performance from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, his career has spanned all areas of music: teaching, composing, performing, and recording. For the last twelve years Darcy has been keyboardist and vocalist for Universal recording artist Jann Arden, accompanying her on stages throughout the world and performing on several of her recent recordings. Winner of the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association’s Score of the Year award, he has also composed original soundtracks for numerous theatre, feature film and television productions. In the recording studio, Darcy has supported many recording artists both as session keyboardist and as producer and has performed with such legends as Big Miller, Tommy Banks, Susan Aglukark and Sarah Maclachlan.

» Dave McGrath, a.k.a. Voodoo Dave, draws from the musical traditions of Africa, Cuba, and Latin America when sharing his passion for percussion. From the laid-back rhythms of Brazilian Samba to syncopated Afro Cuban grooves or hard driving West African Drum and Dance, Dave always seeks to find the place where music is life and life is music