The Anderson Jazz Syndicate performs this Friday evening at Zocalo Café in Courtenay with music beginning at 7:30.
This month the Syndicate is joined by bassist John Hyde, a true pillar of the Canadian jazz scene. A gifted performer, composer and teacher, his credits and experience are vast.
Hyde was the artistic director of the Jazz Studies Program at Mount Royal College, and past-president of the Calgary Musicians’ Association. He has numerous recording, arranging and producing credits with Amos Garrett, The Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio, Senator Tommy Banks, Karl Roth, Jann Arden and many others.
Hyde has performed with many great artists including Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Don Thompson, Marion McPartland, Hugh Fraser, Eddie (Lockjaw) Davis, Oliver Jones, Phil Nimmons, Rob McConnell, P.J. Perry, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Comox guitar player Doug Anderson has studied and performed with both Lee and Art Ellefson. He has played with many jazz groups including the Blue Monks, Jazz Noir and the Dan Craven Octet. His harmonic approach and rhythmic force set the stage for his fellow players.
Drummer Aaron Amar brings professional jazz experience from Toronto where he was on the jazz scene for several years, studying with Jim Blackley and recording with Bobby Fenton. His strong musicality and polyrhythmic mastery put him in a class all his own, propelling this group to new musical heights.
— Anderson Jazz Syndicate