THE BEST OF ALBERTA JAZZ SERIES
From Calgary
Keith O'Rourke Quintet CD Release

SATURDAY, January 20, 2018
TICKETS - MEMBERS $20, GUESTS $24

DOORS 7 PM - SHOW 8 PM

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Keith O'Rourke - saxophone
Andre Wickenheiser - trumpet
Jon Day - piano
Kodi Hutchinson - bass
Tyler Hornby - drums

Keith O'Rourke developed a love for music fostered by many gifted teachers over the years. It wasn't until his undergraduate program that he was drawn towards the improvisational nature of jazz and the freedom of expression it allowed. Halfway through a classical saxophone Bachelor in Music Performance degree, Keith decided to finish his studies as a classical musician before setting sights on becoming the exceptional jazz saxophonist he is today. In the years since, he's attended the coveted Banff International Jazz Workshop and has also studied privately with greats such as Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald and more.

His debut studio recording "Sketches From the Road" is comprised of all original compositions. Some are firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, while others are inspired by contemporary, odd-meter and ECM. Each song shares a commonality: a melody and accompanying harmony that paints an aural picture to evoke different emotions and reactions from the listener. They were all influenced by Keith's many travels, performing and exploring across the world - from places such as China, Egypt, New Orleans, the Caribbean, the Rocky Mountains, Dublin and London.

Together "Sketches From the Road" is an instrumental and semi-autobiographical look into Keith's experiences and influences within music, and his naturally curious outlook on life as a whole.
 

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