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Just Jazz Presents The DG Duo
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 19:00 - 23:30

 DG Duo (ya dig?)

A night of vocal creativity and spontaneity. The DG Duo explores the harmonic possibilities of two voices at play with stellar instrumentalists.

Glennis Houston, a jazz vocalist, pianist, and songwriter, received her doctorate in music in 2016 from York University in Toronto. Her research focused on developing a jazz theory course for community singers, which she continues to modify and teach. She has also received her B.Ed. and is currently spreading the joy of music to grades 1-6 within the CBE. In 2014, she released her second CD, “I’ll Reminisce You,” which features many of her own jazz-influenced tunes, along with arrangements and covers of bebop, blues, and ballads. She has performed at the Calgary Jazz Festival, JazzYYC’s International Jazz Day celebrations, and public performances at Lolita’s, the Ironwood, and other western province locations.

Deb Rasmussen is a jazz singer and songwriter living in Calgary, Canada. Her CD, “Heart Wide Open” features her own tunes and several well-loved jazz standards. She has also recorded with the ethno-jazz group “Northern Lights – Altai Khangai”, a collaboration of Canadian jazz and Mongolian traditional musicians. Deb has studied with Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordon, Cheryl Fisher and Dee Daniels and performed at the Calgary Jazz Festival “Party in the Park”, the Giant Steppes Jazz Festival in Mongolia, Lolita’s, the Ironwood and other venues around Calgary.

Sheldon Zanboer, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, instructor, music industry professional, and author, is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians. Specializing in jazz piano and widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier jazz talents, he has been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song-writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks. Sheldon now teaches jazz and contemporary piano at the Mount Royal Conservatory, Ambrose University and University of Calgary. “There’s a lot of musicians out there that just play the piano. Sheldon is one of the rare performers that can consistently make unforgettable musical moments.”

Simon Fisk (bassist, guitarist, vocalist) has recorded and performed extensively since 1995. Fisk’s consistent output is due to his rapport and the constant creative inspiration he receives from his fellow musicians. The two sides to his musical personality lead his free spirit and search for uncharted territory into spontaneous musical expression, freely improvised transitions, and diverse solo forms. He maintains a deep fascination with the art of the song, and his music shows two sides to his creative personality – the improviser and the songwriter- each playing off each other while allowing his band-mates the necessary space to express themselves without formal boundary.

Robin Tufts is a drummer, percussionist and dance accompanist. Robin is very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing and recording with his own Trio Velocity and many other groups. For 20 years, Robin has been the group leader of accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary. In the past five years, Robin has begun a re-exploration of his life-long passion for spontaneous improvisation. This has led to “Music for Soup”, a series of house concerts featuring performances of spontaneous duets with musical guests Keith Smith, Simon Fisk, Raulito Tabera, Peter Clark, Mark DeJong, Bill Horist, Austin Tufts and Jeremy Brown to date. The Music for Soup project has resulted in the release of seven self-produced limited edition CDs.