DATE: Saturday July 25th, 2015
STAGE: Mill Street Market Stage
ADDRESS: St. Catharines
TICKET PRICE: $20 + HST
Henry Heillig – Manteca bassist/Musical Director
Alison Young – Saxes
Stacie McGregor – Piano
Charlie Cooley – Drums
Heillig Manoeuvre is a Toronto-based quartet formed in 1998 by Manteca bassist/Musical Director Henry Heillig. The band’s repertoire is primarily original material which Heillig describes as “friendly, contemporary jazz”.
Of his writing style, Heillig says: ” Many of my compositions are inspired by people and places, even the odd cartoon character. I write them as songs, and they become jazz as we perform them.”
The current version of Heillig Manoeuvre has been together since 2011, and is celebrating the release of its second CD “Wait, There’s More!” at the Jazz Bistro on Sunday May 3rd.
They are all accomplished musicians who bring a variety of styles and strengths to the ensemble. The pleasure they derive from each other’s playing is obvious to the listener (and viewer). Heillig says he often feels like Snoopy playing his ‘doghouse’ , smiling and dancing, surrounded by his musical friends.
Saxophonist Alison Young is a fairly recent addition to the Canadian jazz scene but has already been working with Roberta Hunt’s Red Hot Ramble, and has toured in Europe several times with Big Rude Jake’s swing band. She has recently been heard accompanying Colin Hunter and in Joe Sealy’s ensemble. Alison’s old soul belies her young age
Pianist Stacie McGregor has had a steady career playing in Archie Alleyne’s hardbop ensemble Kollage, the hard-bop band led by drummer Archie Alleyne. She has also been featured in bassist Brandi Disterheft’s band which led to the opportunity to perform in the company of Herbie Hancock and Dave Brubeck. Stacie has several of her own recordings and performs regularly with Jim Heinemann’s Dream Band.
Drummer Charlie Cooley was Heillig’s rhythm section mate in Manteca for over 25 years. He has toured with some of Canada’s biggest acts, Kellylee Evans, Sass Jordan, The Guess Who, Prairie Oyster, Jimmy Rankin, and many others. The long playing history between Charlie and Henry have given them the description of “playing as one”.
The leader and main composer, bassist Henry Heillig, was one of the co-founders of Latin-funk band Manteca. This Juno- winning ensemble released 12 LPs and CDs and toured the world’s major festivals, from Stockholm to the Hollywood Bowl. During the same time period, Heillig also toured and recorded with some of Canada’s top children’s entertainers Sharon, Lois and Bram as well as Eric Nagler, for whom he produced three albums and the music for 5 seasons of Eric’s World TV.
More recently, he has been touring with harmonica great Carlos del Junco.
Heillig is currently involved in the redevelopment of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood: working with established artists such as Jackie Richardson and young local talent, he is producing both live and recorded music celebrating and bringing attention to the people, history and events of the Park.
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Heillig Manoeuvre’s show is part of the TD NJF Club Series
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