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Deb Rasmussen & Keith Smith

4 Deb KeithDeb and Keith performed together from 2003 to 2016 and released their duo CD Heart Wide Open in 2011 The disc goes straight to the heart of their musical conversation - intimate interpretations of Deb’s original songs and well- loved standards, with the occasional twist. Heart Wide Open pairs eloquent lyrics with the rich textures of guitar to take you on a musical journey down the path of love and all its detours,

With the Northern Lights Quartet, they performed at the Giant Steppes Festival (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) in 2006 and 2008 and at the Time Arts Jazz Series at Peking University in 2008. In 2008, Northern Lights Quartet collaborated at the Giant Steppes Festival with the traditional Mongolian group, Altai Khangai. They toured Canada in 2009 and recorded the CD Northern Lights Altai Khangai.

Deb Rasmussen (vocals) has performed at the Beatniq and Piqniq, the Bear’s Den, the Calgary Jazz Festival “Party in the Park”, the “Jazz at the Lake” Festival in Sylvan Lake and the “Cliff Bungalow-Mission Jazz Concert Series”. She’s studied with Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordon, Nancy King, Roberta Gambarini, Cheryl Fisher, Dee Daniels, Viviane Cardinal and Bobby McFerrin.

Keith Smith (guitar) has played over 45 years and became a staple of the Calgary jazz scene since his arrival in 1997. He was a regular with the PrimeTime Big Band and their many guests including Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, Guido Basso and Oliver Jones. He was a fixture in the Amos Garrett Jazz Trio. The Keith Smith Trio was a highly interactive Bill Frisell-inspired group heavily based in improvisation on Keith's original material. Keith released his CD, “Afterthought” in 2009.

Sadly, we lost Keith in 2016.  Though he is no longer with us, he lives on in the hearts and music of all who played with him.