Jazz Generations in concert at Lolita’s
Show: Jazz Generations
Date: Thursday, Aug 23
Time: 8 – 10 pm. Cover $15
Venue: Lolita’s Lounge
Address: 1413 9 Ave SE, Calgary
Two generations of Calgary artists explore their common passion - Jazz! Ben Isenstein (piano), Mira Riselli (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 Mira 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.
Mira Riselli is a 20 year old bassist originating from Calgary. Her musical journey began at the age of 4 when she first started taking classical piano lessons. At the age of 13, she began playing the electric bass in her school jazz band after the instrument captured her attention on a number of her favorite recordings. At the age of 15, she added the upright bass to her arsenal, thus steering her along the path to becoming a full-fledged jazz musician. In September, Mira will be entering her 3rd year of the Jazz Performance program at the University of Toronto. She is excited to bring her talent to the Canadian jazz scene and is excited to see what the future has to offer.
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.