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Ryga and Taggart Duo at Mill Bay Sylvan United Jazz Vespers

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Jazz Vespers at Sylvan United Church
Campbell Ryga and Ross Taggart - Vancouver's Finest Jazz Duo

Two of Vancouver's Finest will appear at the popular Sylvan Jazz Vespers program held every third Saturday at 4:30 in the beautiful sanctuary in the round.

Campbell Ryga (saxophonist) was honored the Jazz Report Magazine's Award 'Canada's Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2000 presented to him at the annual Jazz Report Awards Ceremony held in Toronto in May 2000. The two former recipients of this award were Moe Koffman and PJ Perry. Since 1987 Cam received three Juno Awards, with two additional nominations, a Grammy nomination and has twice received the Western Canadian Music Award in the Jazz category. 1981 Campbell has toured internationally on 19 occasions, primarily to Western Europe and to Latin America, most notably the Havana International Jazz Festival, where he has performed for four consecutive years. Most of this touring has been with the internationally acclaimed Hugh Fraser Quintet, of which he is a founding member, an association that began in 1981. Campbell has performed week long engagements at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in Soho, London on four separate occasions. Campbell has also been involved in cross country Canadian touring on 24 separate occasions.Campbell has contributed to 57 Jazz recordings inclusive of his two current releases as a leader, 'Coastal Connection' and two years later 'Spectacular' which was released in December of 2001, both for Radioland/Universal Records. Campbell is pleased to announce a recent co-lead release with the great New York pianist Renee Rosnes for CBC Records entitled Deep Cove which features Neil Swainson on bass and Rudy Petchauer on drums and is distributed by Universal Records which was nominated for a Juno Award for 2005. This recording has received the Western Canadian Music Awards award for Most Outstanding Jazz Recording for the Year 2005. Campbell Ryga is on faculty at Capilano College in the Jazz Performance degree program. Campbell is on faculty at Kwantlen College Langley as well. Campbell has also received the Wall of Fame honor presented to him by the British Columbia Secondary School District 67 for excellence in his field.

Ross Taggart (piano) has been an important part of the Vancouver Jazz scene since 1985. He has played piano and tenor sax for audiences in Canada, the USA, Cuba, Columbia, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, England, Ireland and Holland. Ross spent two years studying in New York with saxophone legends George Coleman, Clifford Jordan and J. R. Monterose under the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts. He has also studied in Toronto with great Canadian pianists Don Thompson and Bernie Senensky.

Ross has been a member of the Juno Award winning Hugh Fraser Quintet since 1988, while also performing with the Ian McDougall Sextet, the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (VEJI), the Jill Townsend Big Band, Fred Stride's West Coast Jazz Orchestra, the Bill Coon Quartet, the Sharon Minemoto Quintet, and his own groups. Ross has shared the stage and/or recorded with the talents of Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Charles McPherson, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Banks, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Kenny Wheeler, P.J. Perry, Rob McConnell, Don Thompson, Fraser MacPherson, Eric Alexander, Bobby Shew, Terry Gibbs, Phil Nimmons, Pat LaBarbera, Jay Clayton, Benny Powell, Chuck Israels, Donald Bailey and Sam Noto. In addition to performing with these jazz artists, Ross has worked with the Arts Club Theatre in productions of “Ain't Misbehavin'" and “Five Guys Named Moe", Colin James, the Powder Blues, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the CBC Radio Orchestra, David Foster and Raffi.

Ross has taught and adjudicated extensively for several years and has been a faculty member in the Jazz Studies Department at Capilano College since 1998. He has done several national and regional recordings for both English and French CBC radio and television. Ross has also been featured on a number of recordings with, among others; Hugh Fraser, Ian McDougall, Charles McPherson as well as four CDs as a leader. Ross' debut recording, Ross Taggart & Co. Has received critical acclaim and was nominated for best Jazz album from the West Coast Music Awards in 1999. In December 2001, the Ross Taggart Quartet released the CD “Thankfully" recorded live at the Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver. The same month, Ross and pianist Bob Murphy released a duo CD of original music entitled, “Mysteries and Tall Tales". In December 2002 Ross and vocalist Joani Taylor released the CD “A State of Grace".

Sylvan United Church 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd Mill Bay 743-4659
Admission by donation. Light refreshments following program
Contact: Pat Selman 743-4301

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