“Put a jazz standard in Steve Maddock’s hands, and you’ll hear the song like never before … and this guy swings!” ... Coastal Jazz and Blues Society
Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has established himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio.
STEVE MADDOCK - vocalist, actor, educator, has over the past two decades, been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio (Hot Air, Tonic, The Homestretch, Choral Concert, Disc Drive, The Early Edition and Sounds Like Canada).
Steve’s first love is jazz, a passion that began in earnest while playing trumpet in his high school big band. Since that time, he’s immersed himself in the study of the jazz language, performing with (and learning so much from) some of Canada’s most gifted and accomplished musicians. He released a self-titled debut album back in 1999, and in 2009 released Memory Cafe, a mix of standards and original jazz compositions by Canadian songwriter Craig Salkeld. This album features a veritable who’s who of west coast jazz talent, with a core group of pianist Miles Black, guitarist Bill Coon, bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Craig Scott. Special guests on the recording include the late Ross Taggart on tenor sax, Campbell Ryga on alto and baritone saxes, trombonist Rod Murray, and trumpeters Brad Turner and Kent Wallace.
Steve studied acting at the University Of Windsor, Ontario, and remains active as a stage performer. Some recent roles include George Kittredge in High Society (Arts Club Theatre Co.), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Vancouver Playhouse), Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Footlight Theatre Co.), Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary), Billy Bigelow in Carousel (Royal City Musical Theatre Company), and The Beast in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Arts Club). Other stage credits include Cats, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Songs For A New World, Tomfoolery, Dads:The Musical, My Fair Lady, Annie, South Pacific, Guys And Dolls, Annie get Your Gun, The Mikado, West Side Story, and Oliver Twist.
Steve is currently on the Jazz Faculty of Capilano University. His association with Capilano goes back almost twenty-five years, when he first enrolled as a vocal performance major in what was then the Commercial Music Program. The current Jazz Studies Program was introduced in 1993, and Steve was hired as an instructor in 1996. Since that time he’s taught private voice, vocal jazz master class, studio performance, vocal improvisation and ear training. As an adjudicator and clinician, he’s worked at Musicfest Canada, The Envision Jazz Festival, The Rocky Mountain Jazz Festival, Powell River’s Jazz Summit, The Kiwanis Festival, The Mission Jazz Festival, The Whistler Music Festival, The Sun Peaks Music Festival, and The South Delta Jazz Workshop.
Steve lives in Burnaby, BC with his wife, singer and pianist Siri Olesen, and his two children, Aubrey and Kai.
Based in Vancouver, BC, MILES BLACK is a highly respected career musician bringing an enormous wealth of musical experience and expertise to most every facet of the music industry. Firstly known as one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists, Miles is also highly acclaimed and sought after as an arranger, producer, composer, session musician, guitarist, vocalist, bassist, saxophonist, songwriter, and musical theatre director. Adding to that, he has worked as a music therapist and collegiate music instructor. Especially in Vancouver, Miles Black is well known as the “first call’ when musicians are looking for top professional enhancements to their projects.
Just some of the artists and acts with whom Miles has worked with include Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Scott Hamilton, Sheila Jordan, Chuck Israels, Dee Daniels, Paul Horn, Skywalk, Max Roach, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Tabackin, Claudio Roditi, Ingrid Jensen, Houston Person, Johnny Frigo, and Von Freeman. The list is lengthy and includes many other well known stars of the music world too numerous to note here.
Always in high demand, Miles is currently involved in several high level projects at this time. At the present he is co-leading a modern jazz quartet with the aptly named “Altered Laws” group that also highlights saxophonist and flautist Tom Keenlyside (seetomkeenlyside.com). As a prolific composer and writer, and with lyricist/vocalist Glenda Rae alone, Miles has over 400 written song credits.
As well since 1993, Mr. Black has proudly been a member of the Oliver Gannon Quartet performing keyboard duties including the Hammond B3. Mr. Gannon is a Juno-award winning jazz guitarist with extensive performance experience around the globe.
Miles is currently working as pianist/composer with The Mike Allen Quartet. This group is also known as the “Faculty Jazz Collective” at Western Washington University, where they perform as musical mentors for the jazz students.
Since 2009, Black has been a member of TRIOLOGY, which features Bill Coon on Guitar, and Jodi Proznick on Bass. Their first album is to be released on the CellarLive label, soon followed by album #2. This group is fashioned after the great Jazz Trios of Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole.
On the education front, Miles has been working for Victoria based PG Music since 1991. As a performer and teacher he has helped to produce countless music software programs for public consumption. Just a few of these include “The Jazz Pianist 1&2”,”The NewAge Pianist”, “The Children’s Pianist”, “The Modern Jazz Pianist”, “Jazz Piano Masterclass”, “Blues Piano Masterclass” and an Oscar Peterson CD Rom, complete with transcriptions. He has also written, produced and performed many add-ons for PG Music’s popular “Band-in-a-Box” programs.
Juno nominated guitarist/ composer /arranger BILL COON is one of Canada’s most highly respected and sought after musicians. He has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years and has worked with numerous jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Louis Stewart, Chuck Israels, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Campbell Ryga, BradTurner, PJ Perry, Fred Stride, Denzal Sinclaire, Karin Plato and Dee Daniels. His quartet performed at the Orpheum, opening for Dave Brubeck during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
He is a member of the Jill Townsend Big Band, Wow Jazz Orchestra and the Brazilian Choro group Gostosinho. Bill released the critically acclaimed CD, Speakeasy with his quartet featuring Juno award winners Ross Taggart and Dave Robbins and more recently teamed up with legendary guitarist Oliver Gannon on a Cellar Live release entitled Two Much Guitar.
Bill’s performing and writing has been documented on over two-dozen CD’s to date, while big bands and orchestras throughout the world have performed his arrangements. Among them, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the VSO, the Woody Herman Jazz Band, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Dal Richards Orchestra and John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra.
Bill’s formative years began in Montreal, where he was an important member of the Andre White Band, as a guitarist and composer. He studied improvising, arranging and composing with Art Roberts and Al Baculus in the early ‘80’s at Vanier CEGEP. Continuing his studies in performance and composition at Concordia University, Bill began writing for large jazz ensemble under the guidance of Charles Ellison, Don Habib and Andrew Homzy. Upon graduating he was hired to teach jazz guitar studies at Concordia where he later directed the guitar ensemble and taught jazz arranging. He became the guitarist for Phillippe Hudon’s Montreal Jazz Big Band and was commissioned to write several pieces for them. He also began a long-standing musical relationship with Jennifer Bell and Bill Mahar, performing and writing for their 12-piece ensemble, the Altsys Jazz Orchestra.
Bill’s sixteen year musical partnership with internationally renowned jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire has produced several recordings including Mona LIsa, the Juno nominated CD I Found Love, as well as television specials, radio shows and performances at all major jazz festivals in Canada. He composed dozens of arrangements for the singer in different musical settings that included string quartet, large and small jazz ensembles and symphony orchestra. More recently he has conducted and performed with the 23-piece Bill Coon Orchestra featuring Sinclaire in a musical tribute to Nat King Cole.
Bill has been commissioned (with funding from the BC Arts Council) to compose a four- movement suite for the Jill Townsend Big Band, which was premiered in 2004 at the East Vancouver Cultural Centre. Thanks to the Socan Foundation, Bill has been artist in residence with the Altsys Jazz Orchestra and has appeared with them in 2005 as part of Montreal’s Off Festival.
His recent association with popular hip-hop artist K-os has resulted in several string recording projects including a collaboration with the Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra. The process of creating and recording the six-minute piece resulted in a CBC television documentary entitled Burning to Shine and Bill’s arranging is featured on the Juno award winning CD Joyful Rebellion.
Bill has received several Canada Council Arts Awards enabling him to study improvisation and composition with legendary guitarist Jim Hall and has traveled to Dublin, Ireland in order to study guitar and with renowned jazz guitarist, Dr. Louis Stewart. Canada Council awards have also enabled him to study composing and arranging with Montreal’s Neil Chotem and more recently with the Toronto based arranger Rick Wilkins.
In addition to a busy performance and recording schedule, Bill is in high demand as an educator. He is an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals and workshops throughout Canada and presently teaches jazz guitar and composition at Capilano College in North Vancouver.
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator JODI PROZNICK has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ’08 and’09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘00.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Hugh Fraser, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublé, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David “Fathead” Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over 30 recordings as a sideman.
Jodi began playing bass at the age of 13 under the direction of her father David, an award-winning music educator. In ‘93, Jodi received the General Motors Award of Excellence, establishing her as one of the top young musicians at Musicfest Canada, and then went on to receive a scholarship to study bass at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, Jodi played with many of the top musicians in Montreal, including Juno winners Christine Jensen and Renee Lee as well as Montreal greats Andre White and Greg Clayton. She was awarded the IAJE Sisters in Jazz award in ‘98 as one of the best up-and-coming female jazz musicians.
Jodi moved to Vancouver in 2000, where she lives with her husband and collaborator, pianist Tilden Webb, and young son Tristan. Her personal highlights include opening for Oscar Peterson in 2004, performing as a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and recording numerous times for CBC Radio. Another highlight in Jodi’s career was when she was asked to be the featured bassist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games’ closing ceremonies and soundtrack.
Jodi’s deep passion for education led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University. She is on faculty at Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is the Jazz Department Head at the VSO School of Music. She has been a guest adjudicator and clinician at many festivals, colleges, universities, and conferences across Canada. As well as an extensive background as a jazz educator, Jodi has been involved in teaching early childhood music classes for over 15 years. Her methodology includes a combination of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Montessori and Suzuki philosophies of music education. Her areas of interest include arts-based research, embodied educational practices, attachment, phenomenology, creativity and the theory of multiple intelligences.
She has been described as “… armed with an arsenal of talent sure to develop recognition as one of the finest bassist in the jazz world today” (Ejazznews), “… (playing with) an infectiously in-the-pocket sense of groove” (Cadence Magazine), “… a jazz bassist with great time and a rock-solid sound ” (Katie Malloch, CBC Radio), “ a great player, who plays with intoxicating passion” (RivitingRiff.com), and “a wonderful bassist who really digs in and plays from the heart” (David Fathead Newman – Coda Magazine interview).
CRAIG SCOTT is an accomplished drummer and vibraphone player. His drummng credits include concert and club dates with such Canadian jazz luminaries as Tommy Banks, Oliver Gannon, Ian McDougall, Hugh Fraser, Campbell Ryga, PJ Perry, Brad Turner, and the Alan Matheson Septet and Nonet as well as international artists such as Randy Bachmann, Pat LaBarbara, Phil Woods, Allen Vizzutti, Chuck Israels, Frank Wes, Ernestine Anderson, Dianna Krall, Herb Ellis, Clark Terry, Larry Goldings, the HI-LOS, Dee Daniels, The Nylons, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Ashley McIsaac, Natalie McMaster and the late Harry “Sweets” Edison, Rosemary Clooney, Bud Shank, and Charlie Byrd. He is a regular at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Saskatoon “Sasktel” Jazz Festival.
Craig has extensive recording experience in television, film, radio and video games. He has been featured on radio programs such as Almanac, Hot Air, Jazz Beat, and West coast Performance. On television, Craig has played for the series Millennium, performed on Gabereau, and on film played for the movie Music of the Heart. As a session player, he has played on countless local independent jazz albums and has played drums on the video game Monsters Inc., and on the music software Band-In-A-Box. Craig played on Randy Bachmann’s album A JAZZ THING, and Craig is featured on two Ian McDougall albums, In A Sentimental Mood, and The Very Thought of You, which were both nominated for JUNO Awards.
As a vibraphone player, Craig plays in the Benny Goodman/ Lionel Hampton tribute band Slipped Disc and has his own quintet with saxophonist and impresario Cory Weeds.
Craig teaches at Vancouver Community College and occasionally writes for Modern Drummer, and Percussive Notes magazines.
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
7:30pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Steve Maddock - vocal
Miles Black - piano
Bill Coon - guitar
Jodi Proznick - upright bass
Craig Scott - drums