Monday 28 September 2015

Ian McDougall Residency Sept 29 - Oct 1

We are extremely pleased that Ian McDougall will be our artist in residence this week.  He will be on campus Tuesday through Thursday. Click on "Workshop & Concert Info" tab above for detailed schedule.

Ian is one of the finest trombone players on the planet and is renowned as a composer, arranger, and music educator.  Visit his website for more information:

The Tuesday masterclass and Thursday concert are open to all.  Rehearsals with A, B, and C band are open to as many as we can fit.  If you wish to attend other events, please speak directly to the instructors who are running the classes that Ian will be visiting.

Ian will also be giving a free concert and workshop with RIO at Vancouver Community College auditorium on Saturday, Oct 3, 1-3pm.  RIO is Ian, Ron Johnston (piano) and Oliver Gannon (guitar).

Sunday 27 September 2015

Ron's Flea

One of our faculty members, guitarist Ron Samworth, was diagnosed with cancer this past spring. A summer of chemo therapy treatments led to an operation last week. The treatments and surgery are going according to plan, but Ron has been unable to work for some time now and the recovery will be slow.

Another member of our faculty and fellow guitarist, Bill Coon, suggest that we hold a flea market to raise some funds to help Ron through this difficult time. This method of fund raising was especially appropriate as Ron is a 'picker' and veteran of many flea markets and garage sales. On Saturday, September 26, Capilano Jazz faculty members and many other members of the Vancouver music community showed up with musical goods and services to be sold. Others who couldn't make it on that day sent all kinds of things to be sold.  The room was full of vinyl records, CDs, musical gear, and music books.  Generous students, musician friends, and people from the community snapped up everything on offer in just a few hours and emptied their pockets for Ron. A very large sum of money was raised.

The feeling in the room was one of tremendous goodwill and community togetherness. Lots of recordings found new homes and everyone really enjoyed hanging out and sending love and positive vibes to Ron.  I am very proud of our Cap Jazz family for pulling together as a group to help a friend. Special thanks to Bill for thinking of the idea and organizing everything.

Thursday 24 September 2015

Cap Jazz event calendar is up

The Jazz Studies Dept event calendar is now attached to this site.
Please click on "Workshop and Concert Schedule" or "More Concert Info" tabs above to see what is going on.
We are really excited about all of our upcoming events including residencies with Ian McDougall and Paul Cram, shows in the Blushore, and lots of lunchtime concerts and workshops.