Long recognized as a leader on alto and soprano saxophone, Campbell Ryga has a total understanding of harmony, great time and a gentle, pure sound that is made for this music.
Vancouver-based Campbell Ryga’s career soared on the national scene as a headliner with Moe Koffman and playing with nearly everyone from the Hemisphere New Music Ensemble to Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass followed by a year studying with George Coleman. Campbell has toured extensively internationally 19 times and more than 24 times across Canada since 1981. Most of his touring, principally in Europe and Latin America, has been with the Hugh Fraser Quintet, of which he is a founding member. A regular at the Havana (Cuba) International Jazz Festival, Ryga has had several week-long engagements at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, England. With contributions to 72 jazz recordings, including his own releases, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Juno nominations, a Grammy nomination and 2 Western Canadian Music Awards, Campbell Ryga continues to be one of the key players on the thriving West Coast jazz scene. The Quartet includes unquestionably top-drawer Canadian jazzers Bob Murphy on piano, Miles Hill on bass, and Craig Scott on drums.
Campbell Ryga was born in 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, the eldest son of the internationally renowned Canadian author and playwright George Ryga. Campbell was raised in the community of Summerland, British Columbia, where he lived until moving to Vancouver to pursue private and post secondary study in 1979. Since 1979, Campbell has resided in the cities of Vancouver British Columbia, Toronto Ontario and in New York City.
Campbell received the Jazz Report Magazine Award of ‘Canada’s Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2000’; the two former recipients of this award were Moe Koffman and PJ Perry. He has received 3 Juno Awards, with two additional nominations, a Grammy nomination, and he appeared on Michael Buble’s recording ‘Crazy Love’ which received a Grammy Award in 2010. Campbell’s recordings have twice received the ‘Western Canadian Music Award’ in the Jazz category. Campbell has toured internationally on 26 occasions, primarily to Western Europe and to Latin America, notably to the Havana International Jazz Festival, where he has been invited to perform for six consecutive years.
Campbell is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Hugh Fraser Quintet, an All Star multiple Award Winning Canadian Jazz Quintet to which Campbell has had a long term association. Campbell has toured Canada on 24 separate occasions and has performed week long engagements at the famed Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho - London, on 4 separate occasions. He has contributed to 72 jazz recordings inclusive of his four current releases as a leader, ‘Coastal Connection’ and two years later ‘Spectacular’ which was released in December of 2001 and was nominated for a Juno Award. Both of these releases were handled by Radioland/Universal Records.
More recently, Campbell recorded with the great New York pianist Renee Rosnes for CBC Records entitled Deep Cove which features Neil Swainson on bass and Rudy Petchauer on drums, recorded by CBC Records and is distributed by Universal. Deep Cove was nominated for a Juno Award for 2005. This recording received the Western Canadian Music Awards award for Most Outstanding Jazz Recording for the Year 2005. In 2008 Campbell collaborated with the great Canadian Jazz Alto Saxophonist PJ Perry to record his most recent release ‘Joined at the Hip’ a live recording with Ross Taggart on Piano, Neil Swainson on Bass and Terry Clarke on Drums - available on Cellar Live Records.
Campbell continues to maintain a busy schedule as a clinician, in association with Yamaha Canada and also maintains an active adjudicator schedule. He has sat on the Jury Boards for The British Columbia Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts and is currently on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley, British Columbia. Campbell received the honor of having been placed on the British Columbia Secondary School District 67 Wall of Fame for excellence in his field. In 2010 he was inducted to the Envisions Jazz Festival ‘Hall of Fame’ in honour of his accomplishments as a performer. Campbell is a Yamaha Canada Saxophone Artist.
Sunday, Mar. 29, 2015
7:30pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Campbell Ryga - alto & soprano saxophones
Bob Murphy - piano
Miles Hill - bass
Craig Scott - drums
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