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The Joy of Jazz

Joyous Jazz is three friends, each with the versatile and brilliant skills of seasoned performers, improvising on the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook. Guitarist Pat Coleman, pianist/drummer Misha Piatigorsky and Neil Swainson, Canada's leading jazz bassist, offer an intimate, exciting experience for all at ArtSpring Friday, July 28 2006 at 8:00pm.

Considered the peak of popular songwriting and characterized by unforgettable melodies, the Great American Songbook forms a large influential part of jazz music today. Many of these songs were specifically written for Broadway or motion picture musicals by such illustrious composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Rogers and Hammerstein.

Improvising on a treasure trove of tunes, ArtSpring presents three of Canada's most impressive jazz improvisers, each of whom regularly performs with the world's jazz elite.

Pat Coleman is one of the finest guitar players anywhere performing with the likes of John Gross, Paul Horn, PJ Perry, Pat LaBarbara, Don Thompson, Mel Tormé, Pete Christlieb and Kenny Wheeler. Also a composer and sound producer for movies and other media, Pat's taste and musicality has made an indelible impression on everyone who enters his orbit.

Misha Piatigorsky won top honours at the International Jazz Composers Competition, an annual event held at the Kennedy Center during the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Competition. He grew up listening to his father compose music for the Taganka Theatre, and from the age of 5, he studied classical piano. Misha immigrated to the US with his family at the age of 8, and at 16, he discovered jazz. He has produced, written and arranged for singers including Mariani Ebert, Barbara Mendes, Judy Bady, and Ayelet Piatigorsky. He performs worldwide with his ensembles Trio Del Sol, AYA, and the Piatigorsky Ensemble.

Neil Swainson was born in Victoria, BC. The bassist  got his start in Victoria and Vancouver, later moving to Toronto. A very active member of the music scene, his associations encompass Herb Ellis, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, Pat LaBarbera, Joanne Brackeen, Ed Bickert, Pat Coleman, Moe Koffman, Woody Shaw, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, George Coleman and Zoot Sims. In 1986 Neil began working with George Shearing - a partnership of touring and recording that continues to this day.

Neil Swainson has appeared at ArtSpring with the Rob McConnell Trio and with saxophonist Campbell Ryga and pianist Renee Rosnes.

The Joy of Jazz performance is part of ArtSpring's Sizzling Summer Nights Festival, which is sponsored by Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art. For a special treat, the concession bar features some locally made delicacies from Salt Spring Gelato Delizioso.

Please call the Ticket Centre at 250-537-2102 or email ( to reserve your tickets: $19 adults; $8 students.

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