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jazz meets blues meets latin
May 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With techniques acquired more in welding school and fab shops than during the completion of his degrees and diplomas, publishing and record contracts, film scores and jingles, residency gigs, festivals, tours, workshops, radio, television, club and sidewalk appearances, Paul Taylor has been known to literally break in pianos. He broke three strings on the old piano at Manhattans and put his finger right through a keyboard – “I like being a welder/fitter, it gives me better tone.”
James ‘GIGGLES’ Mitges, was born, raised and lives in Guelph. Starting on piano at the age of six, mostly self taught taking up the saxophone at age fourteen, flute at seventeen and trumpet in most recent years. Giggles had to stop playing the saxophone and flute due to health concerns and focuses on Family, Composing, Recording, Piano, Trumpet, Abstract Painting and Laughing. Giggles has recorded with: Peter Appleyard, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson, Joe Labarbera, Tom Scott, Lee Ritenour, Russell Ferrante, Abraham Laboriel Sr., MB Gordy, Wayne Bergeron, Dan Fornero, Carol Welsman, Nick Lane, Dan Higgins, Chris Walden and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Drummer and percussionist, Pete Pascetta’s professional style has taken him from teaching at the Conservatory of Music, to touring Europe and North America. Performing in many venues from festivals to bars and recording with many acts. Pete is a jingle writer and performer of a wide range of music from jazz to country. In addition, he has worked on audio portions of film, videos, and animated works. Some of the professional bands that Pete has toured and recorded with are: Adrian Raso, Enzo and the Surf Riders, Delerium, Danny Brooks, Stu Hayden, Douglas Watson and The R & B Revue, Lesley Pike, Black Cat Bone, Risque, Rodium, Little Joe and the Werewolves, to name a few.
Originally from Winnipeg’s north end, Ron Braschuk picked up the guitar in 1967 after years of hearing his Dad’s 78 r.p.m. boogie-woogie and swing records. After the “will weld or play guitar for beer” years lost their shine, he founded and led the classic R & B band “Night Train” for 11 yrs. around the GTA. He now resides in Guelph with his wife Barb and Bara “the wonder dog.”
Luis Garcia loves playing the acoustic guitar while singing folk and romantic songs from the heart of Central and South America. Luis and Paul Taylor have found a cool way to mix jazz and Latin folk turning in performances of traditional Latin American songs in a style of their own.