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Alex Goodman to wind up Lethbridge Jazz Festival

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Alex Goodman will wind down the Lethbridge Jazz Festival, June 19. Photo by Steve CampbellToronto based guitarist Alex Goodman will  be winding the Lethbridge Jazz Society’s first  solo jazz festival,  June 19 at the Slice in the afternoon.

Goodman, who was here with the Brent Mah Quartet a few weeks ago, will be bringing his own band this time including saxophonist Nick Morgan, pianist D’Arcy Myronuk, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer Maxwell Roach who will accompany him on guitar.

“We’ll be playing music from  the new CD “Bridges,” said the Toronto born composer who described his music as a “hybrid of jazz and classical music.”

The Lethbridge Jazz Festival will be the fourth stop on his new 15 day long tour supporting the CD. It will continue with a couple of gigs at the Medicine Hat Jazz Festival.

“I want to dig into contemporary jazz music, but I  am influenced by classical music,” he said.

 It has taken two years to record this CD, but the songs have been part of his live repertoire for a while.

“I’ve done quite a few live performances. It’s been great,” he said, noting people have responded well to the blend of classical and jazz.
“We’re really pleased with it. this is the first opportunity we’ve had to play the songs right through,” he said adding he is looking forward to being part of the Lethbridge jazz society’s first jazz festival.

“Absolutely. We’re really looking forward to playing it. It’s an exciting year for Lethbridge. it’s the first year they’ve controlled their own festival. So it’s a big pleasure to come back and play it. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.

Tickets for the show, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Slice, June 19, cost $17 for Jazz Society Members or $22 for non-members.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:30 )  
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