BIBLE HILL – This weekend kicks off the return of the Sunday Jazz season at Roadside Willies.
Featured this month will be guitarist Geordie Haley, bassist John MacLeod, drummer Al Fitch, Nick Fisher on saxophone, and Paul Barrett on trombone.
Haley, a composer, improviser, educator and guitarist, has been contributing to the creative music scenes in Fredericton and Toronto before moving on to Halifax. He’s been presenting songs, rhythm-based compositions and improvised music for more than 25 years.
He’s been a featured artist in numerous concert and festival programs since returning to the Maritimes, and he continues his education practice at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront campus in the music arts department.
As a bassist and educator, MacLeod is the new music teacher and band director at Cobequid Educational Centre. He received his musical training from Saint Francis Xavier University where he received his Music degree in Jazz Studies. From there he travelled to St. John’s, NL, where he completed his Music Education Degree from Memorial University. While living there, he became one of the city’s most in demand bass players.
Fitch has had a career in music for the last 40 years, starting in a band called Equinox and then with The Small Band.
He has also been part of The Centennial Dixieland Band and has done recording work for CBC. He has performed with international fiddle champions Frank Leahy and Craig Wood, has performed in at least 15 vocal production pit bands and has been the drummer for many back up bands for various artists.
Fisher, the music teacher and band director at Truro Junior High School, is a freelance musician who plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, as well as clarinet and guitar. He has been a member of roots reggae band Andru Branch and Halfway Tree, funk collective High Plains Drifter and several jazz groups including The Andy Cragg Nonet, Judo Homesales, The Jelly Roll Dixieland Jazz Band and the Market St. Jazz Quartet.
Barrett is a trombonist, composer, arranger and music educator. His New Horizons Band program – beginner band for seniors – is in its fifth year of providing the opportunity for older people to learn to play a musical instrument.
He also stays active as a professional musician leading the Back Alley Big Band and performing freelance with a number of different ensembles.
Sunday Jazz runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There is no cover charge.