MILES of BLUE – Music of Miles Davis in stories and song

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October 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
St Paul's Centre
62 Peter St N
Orillia, ON L3V 4Y7
Kathie Joblin
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MILES of BLUE – Music of Miles Davis in stories and song.
featuring Alexander Brown: trumpet, Lance Anderson: piano and MC, George Koller: bass
Presented in association with the 2017 ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Sunday, October 15 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the newly renovated St. Paul’s Center at 62 Peter St N, Orillia, ON    TICKETS on-line @eventbrite

  • Tickets are also available in person at:
  • Alleycats Music & Art at 95 Mississaga St. E. Downtown Orillia, Ontario, ON L3V 1V6
  • (705) 329-1339 11 am to 5 pm Mon. to Sat. 12 pm to 4 pm Sun.

Another afternoon of music and stories with Orilla’s own Lance Anderson. He brought the Ellington and Basie show to the festival last year. Lance has a way of weaving his considerable knowledge of music and love for the characters of Jazz, into a backstage look into the artistry of jazz. This year he is focusing on the early music of Miles Davis.

Lance has invited two internationally known jazz artists to play the early music of Miles Davis. Cuban-born trumpeter Alexander Brown has fast become one of Canada’s top jazz artists. He has played all the major jazz festivals around the world, and has performed with Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne, Don Thompson, Amanda Martinez, Luis Mario Ochoa and many others, since arriving in Canada in 2005.

George Koller is a member of the internationally renowned Shuffle Demons and is one of Toronto’s busiest jazz producers and session musicians.

Lance Anderson co-produced the music on ‘Oscar, With Love’ the critically acclaimed 3CD set of Oscar Peterson compositions featuring Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Monty Alexander, Oliver Jones et al. He also performed a piece written for him by Oscar called Sir Lancewell.

in May the Okanagan Symphony premiered lance’s orchestral arrangement of the Canadiana Suite in Kelowna BC.

Lance Anderson is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 Maple Blues Award ‘Keyboardist of the Year’. He was trained as a classical composer and has both film and TV credits as a writer.

In 2015, Lance was music co-producer and performer on ‘Oscar With Love’ a critically acclaimed 3CD package that commemorated Oscar Peterson’s 90th birthday, that included some of the world’s top jazz pianists including Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Michel Legrand, and Oliver Jones, playing Peterson compositions. It was released on December 11th,  2015. He performed ‘Sir Lancewell’ a new Peterson composition written for him, by the jazz great.Lance Anderson cropped - Mar. 2013-88

Considered one of Canada’s finest record producers, Lance has his own label Make It Real Records which only records live-off-the-floor and captures the drama of a real performance. Blackburn, Fathead, Garth Hudson, The Cameo Blues Band and 2B3 The Toronto Sessions are just some of the artists Lance has produced. In 2015 Lance produced ‘Inside Out’ by Harmonica wizard Roly Plat, and toured his productions of ‘The Last Waltz’, ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ and ‘Soulsville – The Music of Stax’ to sold out theatres all over Ontario.

As musical director and session pianist Lance has worked with Roger Whittaker, Shakura S’Aida, Danny Brooks, Jackie Richardson, John Finley, amongst many others. Lance has had an eclectic career, from writing songs with Gordon Pinsent to touring with Mr. Dress-up! From rockin’ boogie piano to jazz and orchestral music and filmscores.
Lance premiered the two man theatrical production ‘Oscar Peterson – The Jazz Legend and the Man I Knew’ in 2013 at the Orillia Opera House and performed it at Barrie’s Classical Colours of Music festival in 2014. The show interweaves Oscar’s compositions with Lance’s personal anecdotes of working with Oscar and witnessing first hand the extent of Oscar’s genius.

Lance is also an internationally known Hammond organ player, and his organ and drum duo, Anderson & Sloski are set to release their second CD in the spring of 2016. They have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, The Southside Shuffle and the Kitchener Blues Festivals amongst many others and have been featured on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues.

Lance spent ten years touring North America and the world with Shakura S’Aida and wrote two Symphony shows for her. He conducted the Wheeling West Virginia Symphony for the premiere of ‘Symphony in G Minor’ and wrote and performed piano in the show ‘Four Women’ featuring Shakura S’Aida which had it’s premiere with the Kamloops Symphony in 2013.

Lance also scored Judy and David’s Orchestral Adventure (children’s show for orchestra) which has thrilled young audiences across Canada and the U.S.


Alexander Brown – trumpet

A native of Cuba, Alexander Brown is a hard-bop, post-bop and Latin oriented musician. He became one of Cuba’s prominent trumpet players in the late 90s, and is now one of the most vital and deft trumpeters and composers in Toronto’s dynamic musical scene.

Various awards include winner of the Cuba Disco International music 2006, Juno award winning artist, nominee to the rising stars award for the best new musical composition at the Montreal Jazz Fest 2014, and winner of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects 2015.

Brown received his bachelor degree in classical Music at the Instituto Superior de Artes, where he after attended as trumpet professor. Although classical music deeply influenced Brown’s career, he decided to follow his passion for jazz, and began composing for his own quintet with which he performed in Havana’s main jazz venues and festivals.

While in Cuba Alexander was part of the project of notable national and international figures including: David Murray, Orlando Valle “Maraca”, Ernan L. Nussa, Jose Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Tata Guines, and shared the stage with the like of Chucho Valdez among others. As part of many of these projects, Alexander had opportunity to tour extensively throughout Europe, The Caribean and South America and performed at major Jazz festivals. He assiduously collaborated in the albums of national producers such as Manuel Ceruto, and Cuban Grammy winner Joaquin Betancourt.

A resident of Toronto since 2005, Alexander Brown have collaborated with national bands and projects lead by Jane Bunnett, Archie Alleyne, Hilario Duran, Don Thompson, Andrew Craig, Amanda Martinez, and international figures like Carla Blay, Hermeto Pascual, Doctor John, La India, Danilo Perez, Paquito D’Rivera among others.

In Canada, Alexander has recorded two albums where he emphasize ensemble work rather than showmanship and presents a consolidated compositional style that is supported by his extensive musical experiences, solid musical education, and expertise in the modern jazz and Afrocuban music vocabularies. Brown’s tunes encompass a variety of genders than range from rumba, ballad, Latin, Joropo and swing. With these themes, he continuously challenges himself, listener and performers to a highly complex yet delicate music.

George Koller: Producer, Bassist, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Promoter

George has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing, touring and recording credits in his expansive musical career. He has performed/ toured / recorded with Peter Gabriel, Holly Cole, Loreena McKennitt, Ian Tyson, David Clayton-Thomas, Phil Woods, The Shuffle Demons, Olivia Newton-John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Laila Biali, Eliana Cuevas, Bruce Cockburn, Valdy, Joe Sealy, Sharlene Wallace, John Mcdermott….just to name a few.

A prolific composer and producer and bassist, George also plays a variety of instruments; many of them featured on his award winning (HMV “fresh blood” grand prize) solo CD entitled “ Music for Plants, Animals and Humans” He also has 9 solo
recordings on the Solitudes/Avalon/Reflections labels (Cello by the Sea, India, Bali, Breathing for Relaxation, Peaceful Harmony, Zen Tranquility, Zen Harmony, Zen Serenity, Rest Well) . He has performer/bassist/ producer credits on over 800 CDs.

George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for “Bassist of the Year”
He has a Toronto Star Critics award and 2 “Porcupine” awards
Multiple film credits including “Such a Long Journey”, “Possible Worlds”, “Away from her” -George plays Sitar, Sarode, Dilruba, Tanpura and bass on these films.