Jazz Generations in Concert at Gravity
Date: Sunday, August 27
Time: 7 – 9 pm. Cover $10
Venue: Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar
Address: 909 10 St SE, Calgary
Two generations of Calgary artists explore their common passion - Jazz! Ben Isenstein (piano), Caleb Klager (bass), Robin Tufts (percussion) and Deb Rasmussen (vocals) experiment with the old, the new and the unexpected. Catch this end-of-summer show before Ben and Caleb head back to Toronto!
Ben Isenstein is a pianist and composer from Calgary, Alberta. Since moving to Toronto in the fall of 2016 to study jazz performance at the University of Toronto, he has quickly established himself among a group of dedicated young performers from across the country. Playing publicly since the age of 11, Ben spent his teenage years developing in a wide range of musical settings from folk/singer-songwriter nights and jazz jams to playing around the campfire at YMCA outdoor camps and full-blown rock shows at Calgary’s Ironwood Stage and Grill. After being introduced to jazz by his first piano teacher at 13, Ben was sent a stack of jazz records in the mail by his grandmother. After a few years of listening, the jazz bug finally stuck. Ben was committed to living a musician’s life. Since beginning studies at the University of Toronto, the journey in music has brought many new connections, lifelong friendships and lessons still to be learned.
Caleb Davidson Klager is an accomplished bassist, composer and student at the University of Toronto's Jazz Performance Program. Currently from Calgary, Alberta, he has pursued his music career as an artist since 2014. Upon graduating high school, Caleb received the 2016 Alberta International Band Festival's Jazz Prospect Scholarship and had already composed his first piece, entitled "Opalescence", for wind ensemble. The piece has since been published by Music Mentors International under contract and is now being performed at junior and senior high ensemble workshops across Canada. Caleb continues to be active in the Toronto and Calgary music scenes as a sideman and leader of multiple projects, ranging from the experimental and third-stream to classic jazz. Caleb is currently entering his 2nd year of his undergraduate program at the University of Toronto, where he hopes to gain valuable experience that will shape his ever-evolving style for the years to come.
Deb Rasmussen is a jazz singer and songwriter living in Calgary, Canada. Her CD, “Heart Wide Open” features her own songs and several well-loved jazz standards. She has also recorded with the ethno-jazz group “Northern Lights – Altai Khangai”, a collaboration of Canadian jazz and Mongolian traditional musicians. Deb has studied with Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordon, Cheryl Fisher and Dee Daniels and performed at the Calgary Jazz Festival “Party in the Park”, the Giant Steppes Jazz Festival in Mongolia, Lolita’s, the Ironwood and other venues around Calgary.
Robin Tufts is a drummer, percussionist and dance accompanist. Robin is very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing and recording with his own Trio Velocity and many other groups. For 20 years, Robin has been the group leader of accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary. In the past five years, Robin has begun a re-exploration of his life-long passion for spontaneous improvisation. This has led to “Music for Soup”, a series of house concerts featuring performances of spontaneous duets with musical guests Keith Smith, Simon Fisk, Raulito Tabera, Peter Clark, Mark DeJong, Bill Horist, Austin Tufts and Jeremy Brown to date. The Music for Soup project has resulted in the release of seven self-produced limited edition CDs.