Featured Concert Series Artists
Jon Faddis, born on July 24, 1953 in Oakland, California, is an American jazz trumpet player. Upon his first appearance on the scene, he became known for his ability to closely mirror the sound of trumpet icon Dizzy Gillespie, who was his mentor along with Stan Kenton trumpeter Bill Catalano. However, Faddis had the ability to play controlled melodic lines in an even higher register than Dizzy.
After playing with Charles Mingus and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band he became a noted studio musician in New York, appearing on many pop recordings in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In the mid-eighties, he left the studios to continue to pursue his solo career, which resulted in albums like Legacy, Into The Faddisphere and Hornucopia. As a result of his growth as a musician and individual artist, he became the director and main trumpet soloist with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Band and eventually the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In 1999, Faddis released an album entitled Remembrances which was composed almost entirely of ballads and featured work from Argentinian composer/arranger Carlos Franzetti. Jon Faddis is currently the artistic director for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble in Illinois. The Jon Faddis Quartet released the CD Teranga in 2006 on Koch Records. Faddis is a first call lead player in New York City and has an international reputation for his playing ability in the high range of the instrument.
Alongside his playing career Faddis is a noted educator for jazz and the trumpet as well as a performing artist/clinican for Schilke Trumpets of Chicago, Illinois. Faddis performs on a Schilke S-42L trumpet of his own design.
John Faddis currently teaches in Stonybrook, NY and often times will bring students along to his gigs and allow them to sit in.
Hailed by the Montreal Jazz Festival as “one of the greatest female singers in the history of Canadian jazz,” Cheryl Fisher is recognized as an international jazz performer who brings authenticity and vitality to every song she sings. With 6 internationally acclaimed, nationally released CDs, Fisher is an Alberta Recording Industry Association award recipient. Her latest CD, “Quietly There,” has won a Global Music Award and was in contention for a Grammy nomination.
Her live performances continue to receive glowing reviews for their originality, emotional depth and outstanding technical excellence. The Toronto Star has called her music “sophisticated, “…with an “effortless air and subtle emotional control.” The Washington Post describes her as “one of Canada’s best kept secrets getting harder to contain.” Downbeat portrays her as a “bona fide jazz singer.”
It’s quite obvious she is totally at home as a live performer, immediately engaging her audiences with an innate ability to make everyone in the room feel like she is performing just for them. But these special gifts aside, it’s Fisher’s pure talent as a musician that is earning her rave reviews and a growing fan base around the world. Cheryl Fisher may be compared to the greats – Blossom’s playfulness, Shirley’s attitude, June’s instincts and Joni’s flair, but she is unequivocally and undeniably an original. Don’t let her Canadian “eh” drawl, sweet as a Prairie girl neighbour cause you to make assumptions, because there is nothing shy or demure about Ms. Fisher’s control – of the stage, the music, her sound, and her audience.
Fisher holds a Bachelors Degree in Education (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Masters Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami, where she also taught voice. In addition to an international performing schedule Cheryl is a respected Jazz Educator and has been on the dais of several North American jazz scholarship committees.
Her recordings and performances feature the cream of the North American Jazz scene including such luminaries as Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Terry Clarke, Neil Swainson, Reg Schwager, Dan Brubeck, Amos Garrett, Richie Cole, Sir Roland Hanna, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, John Stowell, and Randy Porter to name a few. Her previous CD, “Moments Like This”, pairs her with two genuine jazz legends: Five-time Grammy Award nominee Ira Sullivan and the Canadian Juno award-winning pianist Oliver Jones.
Cheryl performs in venerated jazz clubs and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has produced the acclaimed “JAZZ AT THE LAKE” Festival for the past 14 years with her husband, woodwind artist Eric Allison. Fisher has represented Canada in several Consulate events in the US and has been cited as a rising star by NPR Radio Network, CBC, and Shaw Cable who all have done featured presentations on Fisher. Her music is regularly played nationally by Diane Donovan (“Women in Jazz” – CKUA), Ross Porter (“After Hours”), and Tim Tamashiro (“Tonic” – CBC). Her work has been featured on film, radio and in Jazz publications in Europe, the United States, Canada and Brazil.
Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. He left the band after two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family.
After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie. Semple also commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of ten albums.
In 1992, Semple came to national prominence through winning the MuchMusic “Guitar Wars” contest. Semple has been twice nominated, in 1999 and 2000, for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio.
Semple won a Juno award in 1991 for best roots recording. He has won two Western Canadian music awards for “Qu’Appelle” and “In the Blue Light”. Semple continues to perform as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band, across Canada and now being championed across America!
At the age of 11, Johnny Summers sat in his bedroom, listening for the first time to Harry Connick Jr.’s ‘Blue Light, Red Light’ album.
The life, connection and humanity in that music, changed something inside of Johnny. That instant, he knew he was going to be a part of making that change happen inside of others.
He immediately began seeking out the best teachers he could, wherever he could. His dynamic talent as a vocalist, trumpet player, arranger and composer, was born out of a true passion to exceed the status quo at every turn. Johnny has intentionally filled his life with top professionals in numerous disciplines and continues to be inspired by many he has met along the way, from the incomparable Wynton Marsalis to the core members of Harry Connick Jr.’s band.
This commitment to excellence and variety is evidenced in the seamless performance that he gives every time he steps onto the stage. He is a master of versatility, in both style and mood. Even after hundreds of concerts and years of working diligently on his craft, he still sees every performance as sacred. Johnny’s hours of daily practice can easily go well into the night. One of his many gifts to the audience comes in the form of expecting nothing but the best from himself and his musicians.
With unparalleled influences like Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra, it comes as no surprise that he has something to offer everyone in the room. His musical abilities are accented by his natural capacity to bring wit, soul and laughter to every show.
Johnny won 2 Global Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist, and Best Listener Impact for Entertainment Value.
Whether he’s fronting an 18-piece band or sitting solo in front of a piano, Johnny Summers offers and delivers something far beyond entertainment: an unforgettable experience.
This concert will feature his 8-piece “Little Big Band” and mark an unprecedented 10 years of performing at Jazz At The Lake’s traditional Swing Dance.
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