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Clarinet Vibes: Celebrating Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton
November 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
For this show, multi-instrumentalists David Renaud and Scott Latham have teamed up, with Dave on clarinet and Scott on vibes. They’ll be joined by the first-class rhythm section of pianist Mark Ferguson, bassist John Geggie, and drummer Lucas Denison. Together, they’ll celebrate the music and artistry of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. Each musician will perform from a different location across the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Expect a swingin’ good time from this quintet of very fine musicians.
About the musicians
David Renaud is an Ottawa-based clarinet player and multi-instrumentalist. He is a regular performer and busy freelancer performing for festivals, pit work, studio, clubs, private and corporate events. Dave performs for National Arts Centre Pops concerts, and covers a multitude of doubles for theatre pit orchestras. For 35 years he has been immersed in a diverse and rich musical life performing swing, jazz, theatre, orchestral, and studio. He has written music for solo, choral, duos, small ensemble, and big band. With the release of First Love, and its sequel, Encore, Dave partnered with the great Canadian jazz veteran Brian Browne to produce a lyrical, creative, and beautiful jazz collection of standards. Dave is currently working on his third album which will feature all-original music. Dave is the clarinet professor for Carleton Universities music department.
Scott Latham is a vibraphonist, percussionist and drummer originally from Nova Scotia. In addition to being active on the local freelance and jazz scenes here in Ottawa, he performs full-time as a member of the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces. Scott is in great demand and has recorded and performed with many artists including Mark Ferguson, the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force Band.
Mark Ferguson has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Gino Vanelli, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, Manteca, The Funk Brothers and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mark is a Faculty Lecturer (jazz, trombone) at McGill University, a Performance Instructor (Jazz Piano/Trombone)/ Sessional Lecturer at Carleton University and is active as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada.
Bassist John Geggie is established in the international music world as a versatile performer and creative composer. He studied at Indiana University with Lawrence Hurst and Bruce Bransby. His jazz studies included work with David Baker, Gary Peacock, Palle Danielsson and Anders Jormin. He frequently plays in the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and the 13 Strings Chamber Ensemble; Mr. Geggie has appeared on the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. He has recorded or performed with a who’s who of creative improvised music: Bela Fleck, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Craig Taborn, Sheila Jordan, David Murray, Matt Brubeck, Marilyn Crispell, Cuong Vu and Mark Dresser. He is regularly heard on CBC broadcasts.
Lucas Denison is a Musician and Educator from Ottawa, Ontario. Coming from a family of musicians, his life has been steeped in music from an early age. After moving to Nova Scotia, he began his teaching career with the Halifax Music CO-OP, an organization with the mission of making music education accessible to all. He founded and grew the organization’s Small Ensemble Jazz program and the Juventas Youth Jazz Ensemble. In Halifax, Lucas performed regularly with the Vesuvius Jazz Ensemble and the ABBA tribute band Dancing Queen. When the HMC closed and the music industry all but shut down, he returned to Ottawa to be closer to his family. Shortly after his return, he began performing on the Syncspace platform and was part of the inaugural Syncspace New Year’s performance.