Jon McCaslin’s Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

Recognized as one of Western Canada’s leading jazz drummers and educators, Jon McCaslin brings excitement and his passion for the jazz tradition and its future to the bandstand and to the classroom. Raised in Regina, Saskatchewan Jon began playing the drums at the age of nine while progressing through the Regina Lions Junior Band and award winning music program at his high school, Campbell Collegiate, soon developing a passion for playing the drums and jazz. Ultimately, Jon’s interest in music led him to enroll in the Jazz Studies program at McGill University, graduating with distinction in 1999. While at McGill, Jon had the opportunity to study with some of the finest jazz educators in the country. He attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1997, where he performed with Canadian jazz greats Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson and Kenny Wheeler. In the spring of 2002 McCaslin completed his Master’s in Jazz Studies at McGill University where he studied jazz drumming, improvisation and composition. In 2012 he released his album “Sunalta” on the Cellar Live jazz record label featuring Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Tilden Webb and Jodi Proznick. This music was nominated in 2013 for the Western Canadian Music Awards in the “Best Jazz Recording” category. As a busy side man he has also performed with such internationally recognized artists as Mulgrew Miller, Peter Bernstein, Ralph Bowen, Hendrik Meurkens, Sean Jones, PJ Perry, Kelly Jefferson, Ian McDougall, Jeff Johnston, Hugh Fraser, Chucho Valdes, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Luis Bonilla, Linda Oh and Pat LaBarbera. Dr. McCaslin completed his Doctorate in Jazz Studies through the University of Toronto in 2015, researching the conceptualization of contemporary melodic jazz drumming practices. Since 2009 he has authored Four on the Floor www.jonmccaslinjazzdrummer.blogspot.com, one of the world’s most recognized on-line jazz drumming blogs. He is currently based in Calgary where he maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule across Canada. Jon McCaslin plays and endorses Zildjian cymbals.

Band members

Dean McNeill (trumpet)
Jeremiah McDade (tenor saxophone)
Al Kay (trombone)
Mark Limacher (piano)
Steve Shepard (bass)
Jon McCaslin (drums)

Event Details:

Date: June 13, 2019

Time: 9:30 pm

Price: $25, $15 for students

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