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Steve Kaldestad is one of Vancouver’s musical treasures! He is a fearless player with three fantastic albums of his own and is also featured with notable groups such as Jesse Cahill’s NightCrawlers and the Jodi Proznik Quartet. This week’s Sunday Slow(ish) Jam features a simmering minor blues track called “Blues Straight Up” from Steve’s album with Mike LeDonne (piano), John Webber (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums) simply called “Straight Up”.
This tune is something to sink your teeth into. It’s the kind of jazz that proudly shows its roots and isn’t trying to be more complex than it has to be. Don’t get me wrong, it is full of complexities with chord structure, rhythm, solos that reach and climb outside of the box. However, when you listen to “Blues Straight Up” you can hear the deep connection jazz has to the blues and raw human expression, freedom and primal movement. Initially jazz was music to soothe and move people and allowed mostly black listeners and musicians to express themselves without words, just sound and movement, in a time when their civil rights were non existent. This band plays the heck out of this tune and really connects to the pure function emotion and rhythm and reminds us of all that is good and holy.
You can catch the Steve Kaldestad Quartet playing the music of John Coltrane Thursday, November 5th at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and Bar. Click here for more info.
Brought to you by Coastal Jazz.
Check out the fun The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and I had while making a raucous at the Toronto Star! Big thanks to Ben Rayner
Okay, so the last few months have been a bit of a blur. I’ve been working on my upcoming album, starting choirs, planning and scheming and rehearsing a ton. I feel like I haven’t seen anyone for ages. Anyways, more news and exciting details to come. Stay tuned and for now, check out where I’m playing this month.
VANCOUVER JAZZ FEST SHOWS:
June 22nd: 1pm @ Civic Plaza Lonsdale and 14th w/ The Night Crawlers feat. Dawn Pemberton FREE SHOW
June 25th: 9pm @ The Vogue w/ The Night Crawlers feat. Dawn Pemberton
Opening for MACEO PARKER!
June 28th: 7pm @ David Lam Park w/ David Ward
June 30th: 12pm @ St. Andrews Wesley “Gospel Comes Home”
w/ Dawn Pemberton 4tet (Diane Lines, Rob Ferguson and Derek DiFilippo) FREE SHOW
July 1st: 2:30pm @ Ron Basford Stage Granville Island w/ Dawn Pemberton “Say Somethin'” Sneak Peek FREE SHOW
This past March Karla Mundy and I were invited to be guest clinicians for a fabulous choral festival called, Festival of Voices, in Smithers BC. Overall, it was a rich experience that affirmed the magic of music and it’s ability to create community and transform people. It was a jam packed weekend, so jam packed there wasn’t anytime to take pictures! Karla and I immediately fell in love with the town of Smithers, Northern BC is absolutely gorgeous. The crisp air, the mountains, glaciers, the Bulkley Valley…It’s an enchanting town filled with active, hardworking, interesting and hilarious people who live and breath the word ‘community’. The organizers, Gail, Richard and friends treated us so well and were amazing hosts. I don’t think I’ve ever met so many nice people, eaten so well or laughed so much in my life! I came away feeling inspired, challenged, thankful and wanting more. I’ll be back Smithers…..just you wait!
Here is a wee article about the weekend.