The Brad Cheeseman Group was awarded the prestigious TD Grand Prix Jazz Award at this year’s Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. The prize features recording time, future festival appearances, prize money, and included a feature performance on the festival’s TD Stage. Each year, the festival selects ten Canadian artists to compete for the award and, after careful consideration, selects a winner based on their festival performances. In addition to the Brad Cheeseman Group, this year’s competition included Tara Kannangara (Ontario), Lisanne Tremblay (Quebec), Tertio (Quebec), Samuel Bonnet (Quebec), Autobahn (Ontario), Annie Dominique (Quebec), FOG Brass Band (Ontario) and the Simon Denizart Trio (Quebec).
The band—including guitarist Robert Chapman, pianist Sam Kogen, drummer Marito Marques and saxophonist Chelsea McBride—delivered the exciting competition-deciding performance on July 4 at the Club Jazz Casino stage, performing selections from the band’s award-winning self-titled album for hundreds of enthusiastic festival-goers. Later that night, Brad received a call from the festival letting him know the good news. At the festival’s press conference, Cheeseman stated that “to be here at all, especially with nine other fantastic artists, is a huge honour and to get this recognition is incredible.” The band later delivered a concluding performance on the festival’s TD Stage on July 5.
After a quiet winter and spring, the Brad Cheeseman Group will be hitting the road this June and July to perform music from their award-winning albums. You can see/hear the band on the following dates (check the Calendar for more info):
June 16 – The Rex Hotel, Toronto, ON
June 24 – Artword Artbar, Hamilton, ON
June 25 – Mahtay Cafe, St. Catharines, ON
July 4 – Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, QC
July 15 – Waterloo Jazz Festival, Waterloo, ON
See you soon!
Update 2016/05/13: The Brad Cheeseman Group’s 2015 self-titled album was just nominated for “Jazz Recording of the Year” at the upcoming Hamilton Music Awards, as well as “Guitarist of the Year,” “Bassist of the Year,” “Drummer of the Year” and “Instrumental Recording of the Year”!
There’s nothing like some hometown love and support. The BCG’s Mixed Messages EP previously won “Instrumental Recording of the Year” at the 2013 awards ceremony, while also being nominated in three other categories, and it’s an honour to be recognized again for our first full-length album.
Check out the full list of nominees over at the HMA website.
Update 2016/05/29: Brad Cheeseman Group won “Instrumental Recording of the Year,” the band’s second album in a row to win the award.
S. Victor Aaron of Something Else! just published part 4 of his Best Albums of 2015, this time focusing on Fusion Jazz, and Brad Cheeseman Group was among his top 16 fusion records of 2015 (alongside masterful releases from Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin and John McLauglin)!
Check out his initial review over on Something Else and then check it out on Bandcamp to see what all the fuss is about!
The Brad Cheeseman Group will be making its first live appearance of 2016 this Thursday Jan 7 at The Rex in Toronto, ON.
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- Mixed Messages EP (2013) – Hamilton Music Award winner (digital or CD)
- Brad Cheeseman Group (2015) – Toronto Independent Music Award nominee (digital or CD)
- Charts (concert pitch, in .pdf format) for “Bad Groove,” “La Choza,” “Let Me Explain,” “Make or Break for It,” “Skyglow,” and “Taiya”
- Chart package (transposed, in .pdf) for the entire Mixed Messages EP (including the bonus track “Clouds”)
- Transcription of the bass solo on “Make or Break for It”
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