Big Time Jazz at the United Church

A group of renowned jazz educators/performers appeared at the United Church on May 2nd. The Capilano University Faculty Jazz Septet consisting of Laura Harrison, vocals, Brad Turner, trumpet and piano, Steve Kaldistad, alto saxophone, Dennis Esson, trombone, Jared Burrows, guitar, Andre Lachance, bass, and Dave Robbins, drums played a soulful evening of jazz standards to a small group of local jazz fans.

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Trombonist Essen, soloed on “Emily,” as did Turner, with piano, on “It Might as Well Be Spring.” Later Turner joined the horn section and played trumpet, and showed why he is such a fine multi-instrumentalist. He also plays drums.

The band broke into quartets, quintets, etc. at various times. They also played “My One and Only Love,” and tunes from Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim and their sax player, Steve Kaldistad. Vocalist Laura Harrison demonstrated her ability to scat and showed off her impeccable phrasing in a number of songs. She has recently returned to Vancouver, after many years in Los Angeles.

Veterans Andre Lachance on bass and Dave Robbins on drums held down the rhythm section and provided great backing and solo work.


It was a real treat to hear these wonderful musicians. If you missed this show, many of them will be featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, beginning in late June.

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