YAMAHA CANADA JAZZ ORCHESTRA feat. BOBBY SHEW led by RICK WILKINS
OCTOBER 5, 2019 AT 7:30PM WALTER HALL, EDWARD JOHNSON BUILDING UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO FACULTY OF MUSIC 80 QUEEN’S PARK CRESCENT, TORONTO
TORONTO, ON, (September 9, 2019) — YAMAHA CANADA MUSIC LTD. presents a very special concert featuring the YAMAHA CANADA JAZZ ORCHESTRA, conducted by RICK WILKINS and featuring guest soloist BOBBY SHEW. This event is part of the year-long celebrations commemorating FIFTY YEARS OF YAMAHA CANADA MUSIC, and will take place at WALTER HALL, EDWARD JOHNSON BUILDING at the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO on OCTOBER 5th, 2019 at 7:30pm.
Legendary trumpeter Bobby Shew will be in Toronto to help commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Yamaha Canada Music. Led by Rick Wilkins, the Yamaha Canada Jazz Orchestra is comprised of some of the foremost musicians in the country.
50th anniversary celebratory events will be integrated into all Yamaha Canada activities in 2019. Yamaha Canada will activate programming across all its channels including retail, events, and digital programming designed to celebrate the past and look to the future of Yamaha in Canada.
Bobby has been a mainstay of the global jazz scene since the 1960s. After a stint in the Army, he moved to New York City and joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, rooming and playing with legendary Charlie Shavers. Other credits include Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Si Zentner, Benny Goodman. Bobby played and toured as lead trumpet for Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Robert Goulet, Steve Allen, Paul Anka, Connie Stevens, and Tom Jones. In 1972, he moved to Los Angeles and became a first-call studio musician.
“Bringing together this group of musicians has been an incredible experience, and we can’t wait to see them on stage,” says Geoff Houghton, Product Marketing Manager for Yamaha Winds. “It’s an honour to have the legendary Bobby Shew help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Rick Wilkins is one of the elder statesmen of Canadian jazz, and this concert is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event that everyone needs to hear.”
In addition to celebrating Yamaha Canada’s 50th anniversary, the concert is also the official Canadian launch of the new Bobby Shew Trumpet, model YTR8310ZII. A long-time Yamaha Artist, Bobby co-designed and helped develop the SHEW model Yamaha 6310Z & 8310Z trumpets and 6310Z & 8310Z flugelhorns, along with the SOLOIST mute, and Yamaha SHEW series mouthpieces.
This musical event is a major highlight of the year-long celebration for Yamaha Canada Music. Since 1969, Yamaha has helped countless Canadian musicians create and enjoy music with a complete line-up of instruments and audio equipment that meets the needs of amateurs and professionals alike.
MEMBERS OF THE YAMAHA CANADA JAZZ ORCHESTRA:
John Johnson, Campbell Ryga (from Vancouver), Tara Davidson, Andy Ballantyne, Shirantha Beddage
Jason Logue, Steve McDade, Brian O’Kane, Kevin Turcotte, Chase Sanborn
Al Kay, Terry Promane, Mark Ferguson (from Ottawa), Christian Overton
Reg Schwager (guitar), Brian Dickinson (piano), Neil Swainson (bass), Terry Clarke (drums)
Tickets are $25 each (general admission) and can be purchased through:Ticketing services provided by RCM Tickets.
ABOUT YAMAHA CANADA MUSIC LTD.
Yamaha Canada Music offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the Canadian market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment and Steinberg recording products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. Yamaha Canada Music is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan, whose products and services are recognized the world over for superior quality in acoustics, design, technology, and craftsmanship.
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