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Heartstrings (Alex Moxon, Mark Ferguson, John Geggie, Jamie Holmes)
July 3, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Ottawa guitarist Alex Moxon leads a quartet of Ottawa’s first-call players in this program featuring music written by guitarists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wes Montgomery, Justin Haynes, Peter Bernstein, Pat Martino, Ed Cherry, and Alex Moxon.
Alex Moxon has performed and collaborated as a guitarist with many stylistically far-flung Canadian music mainstays while continuing to create, refine, and release his own music. Some of his favourite past musical experiences include opening for Fred Wesley (of James Brown & The JB’s) and Bernie Worrell (of Parliament Funkadelic), performing with the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces as the feature guitarist in their 2112: Rush Tribute show, sold-out record releases with The Chocolate Hot Pockets and with HILOTRONS, performing in the pit for the Broadway musical Beautiful (The Carole King Story), a 3 a.m duo set of freely improvised music and deconstructions of Spice Girls hits with drummer Michel Delage during the Ottawa Jazz Festival’s 24-Hour Jazz Ramble, and performing with Candian indigenous superstar Iskwe and NACO at the 2019 National Arts Centre Gala.
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.
Jamie Holmes has been an active member in the Ottawa music scene for the past 12 years and is one of the most sought-after drummers in the area. With over 20 years of experience, Jamie has gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience on and off the stage and can be seen regularly working with numerous bands playing jazz, fusion, funk, blues, rock, pop, Latin, hip-hop and just about everything in between. Jamie’s joy, passion, and creativity shine when he sits down at the kit which has allowed him to be currently holding the drum chair for some of the cities finest acts such as The Prime Rib Big Band, Michael C. Hanna, Sly High, The Chocolate Hot Pockets, Rock Steadies and HOROJO Trio who took home the Gold in the 2020 International Blues Challenge.