Celebrating the music of Nat King Cole – 100 Years of Swing
Featuring Andrew Craig, Quisha Wint, Reg Schwager, Russ Boswell and Lance Anderson
St Paul’s Centre
62 Peter Street North
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 at 2PM
(Doors open at 1:30pm)
The third in a series of ‘words and music’ presentations by Lance Anderson for the Orillia Jazz Festival. This concert is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Nat King Cole‘s birth, and celebrating the enormous contribution he made to jazz, standard and popular music in the 1950’s and 60’s.
What You Can Expect to Hear
Expect to hear some early jazz piano pieces and, as we travel though Nat’s life, songs like: Unforgettable, Straighten Up and Fly Right, I Love You (for Sentimental Reasons), Nature Boy, and (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66:
Andrew Craig has Musical Directed high-profile tributes to Quincy Jones and Oscar Peterson, as well as York University’s 50th Anniversary Concert. He’s arranged music for 50,000 children singing for Nelson Mandela. He’s shared the stage and the studio with some of the biggest names in music: from Wynton Marsalis to Herbie Hancock, Molly Johnson to Measha Bruggergosman, to name just a few. He’s received commissions from diverse organizations, from the National Arts Centre Orchestra to the Toronto 2015 Pan/Para-Am Games.
Andrew Craig is a true Renaissance man in the arts: singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, director, broadcaster, impresario, and content creator. He is engaged in a broad range of activities in several areas of new media, including live performance, radio and television production, scoring for picture, and music theatre.
He is a former resident artist at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and a former member of the Board of Directors of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. As a radio host and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national live concerts programs, Craig showcased the remarkable breadth and depth of Canadian musical talent, over the national airwaves and to the world via the Internet, for nearly a decade.
He is the recipient of York University’s Bryden Award in 2006, and the 2009 African-Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence In The Arts. To date, Craig has developed several projects as an impresario, including a full-scale tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire, a popular and recurring Valentine’s Day concert called “Celebrate Love”, the acclaimed Gospel Christmas Project, and the Sistahs and Brothas Projects.
This phenomenal and expressive vocalist proves that you can live out your dreams through inspiring others. Quisha Wint is an accomplished songstress/performer/arranger/songwriter.
Quisha was born to sing and entertain. She grew up in a Jamaican home listening to Reggae, Motown, Gospel, R&B, then expanded to jazz when she entered the well-known jazz program at Humber College in the mid ’90s. From there she embarked upon her dream of performing with well-known Toronto musicians.
As one of Toronto’s sought-after session vocalists, Quisha is a rising star in the tight-knit music industry thanks to her bright personality and strong emotive vocal abilities. A career highlight was when Quisha was asked to sing with Jane Sibbery on her hit song “Calling All Angels” in the 2000 film “Pay It Forward” which stared Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment.
A guitarist of significant musical relevance, Reg Schwager has spent much of his professional career living in Toronto, Canada. A distinctly singular voice on his instrument, Schwager’s playing reflects a thorough understanding of the entire history of the genre, from the pre-swing through the free jazz movements (Schwager spent time studying with pianist Cecil Taylor.)
Considered a child prodigy, Schwager was already performing in Canada with vibraphonist Peter Appleyard in his mid-teens. His reputation led to performances with Pepper Adams, Jon Hendricks, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Jimmy McGriff, Zoot Sims, George F. Benson, J.R. Monterose, Chet Baker, Dave Young, Rob McConnell, and Oliver Jones, as well as a long-term tenure in George Shearing’s working group. Schwager also holds the guitar chair in the Toronto-based Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, to which he is a regular contributor of compositions and arrangements.
Russ Boswell has performed with some of Canada’s top artists. He has toured extensively with David Wilcox, Colm Wilkinson, Kevin Breit, Holly Cole, Marc Jordan, Diane Tell Corey Hart and many more. His recording credits include; Serena Ryder, David Wilcox, The Rankin Family, Russell de Carle to name a few. Other artists he has performed with over the years include David Clayton Thomas, Michael Kaeshammer, Kellylee Evans, Carol Welsman, Harry Manx and Carlos Del Junco.
Lance Anderson is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 Maple Blues Award ‘Keyboardist of the Year’. He was trained as a classical composer and has both film and TV credits as a writer.
Considered one of Canada’s finest roots record producers, Lance has his own label Make It Real Records which only records live-off-the-floor and captures the drama of a real performance. Blackburn, Fathead, Garth Hudson, Roly Platt, The Cameo Blues Band and 2B3 The Toronto Sessions are just some of the artists Lance has produced.
Lance spent ten years touring North America and the world with Shakura S’Aida and arranged two Symphony shows that she wrote and performed.
As musical director and session pianist Lance has worked with, Ian Gillam, Ms. S’Aida,, Danny Brooks, Jackie Richardson, John Finley, Matt Weidinger, Quisha Wint amongst many others. Lance has had an eclectic career, from writing songs with Gordon Pinsent to performing with Lee Oskar in Panama and Roger Whittaker in Ireland! From rockin’ boogie and blues piano to jazz, N’Orleans R&B and orchestral music and filmscores.
Lance is also an internationally known Hammond organ player, and his organ and drum duo, Anderson & Sloski have been featured on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues and are set to release their second CD in the fall of 2018.
He is co-executive producer of the Boquete Panama Jazz and Blues Festival, and is Artistic Director of ‘Gathering’ a music, dance and art festival in Orillia ON.