‘IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD’ PIANO SERIES – ‘Chris in the Crescent City’ featuring Christopher Butcher
DATE: Saturday, May 2, 2020 TIME: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST VENUE: In YOUR own backyard (This event will be Live-streamed) PRICE: FREE (Donations accepted)
* Please note that donations accepted to help the TD Niagara Jazz Festival (Registered Charity: #80107-7033-RR0001) continue to bring live music to Niagara and beyond. Thank you for supporting the arts!
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Chris Butcher is a musician firmly established as a representative of the global music village, transcending genre and cultural predisposition, and pleasing audiences across the world. As a leader of The Heavyweights Brass Band Chris has been behind one of the brightest lights to emerge on the Canadian music scene. Combine that with his extensive experience as a sideman, work as a radio host/producer, role as an educator/community builder, Chris Butcher illustrates a promising portrait of an influential career in music. Chris moved to Toronto in his early twenties and quickly built a solid reputation as one of Canada’s top trombone players in the most diverse musical scene on the planet playing in the groups of many of the country’s most prestigious artists including Jane Bunnett, Jay Douglas, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne and Kevin Breit among countless others. Chris is now resident of New Orleans after coming down frequently over the years to study with Delfeayo Marsalis and soak up the roots of the music.
On special occasions Chris has played and recorded with some of the finest international artists like Quincy Jones, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The Treme Brass Band, Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Ernest Ranglin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Broken Social Scene, Dubmatix, David Clayton-Thomas and many more . In 2015 Chris was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year at the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He also formed Street Brass, a community based ensemble that teaches and performs brass band music of the Americas. 2018 promises to be a year of continued growth as Chris splits time between studying/playing in the great city of New Orleans, touring with the California based Mad Caddies, and his many ongoing projects in Toronto.
ABOUT THE “IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD” SERIES:
“We love organically grown events and this series is a prime example of that. In January of 2019, we started this series when local jazz pianist Doug Mundy asked us if we could store his Steinway grand piano at our Shady Acres Studio. We knew how our jazz fans LOVE the intimate concerts so we thought why not do one ‘In our own back yard’.
The first 4-part piano series was a huge success so we then decided to add another 4 shows and then another 2! 10 shows in total for 2019 and when the piano was removed we decided to continue with a guitar series. Part 4 of the guitar series came during the COVID-19 pandemic so we decided to adapt to the times. Our NEW live-streamed events are now in YOUR own backyard.
‘From our back yard to yours’ We do look forward to having our guests gather in our backyard again soon (when it is safe to do so) but until then we are thrilled to be able to live-stream our events and to keep the music alive in Niagara and beyond”
Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea (Co-creators: Twilight Jazz Series and TD Niagara Jazz Festival)
Find us online : www.NiagaraJazzFestival.com
Call us at: 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (1-844-548-5299)