Summer Update

Here’s what’s been going on lately:

Brad Cheeseman Group

The BCG played at Burlington’s Sound of Music festival back on the 16th, and it was a blast. There aren’t any more shows currently scheduled so I’m hoping to use the time to work on some more new material. Hopefully the next time you see us there will be a lot of new additions to the repertoire! Until then, the EP is still available at Bandcamp if you haven’t checked it out yet.

Brownman Electryc Trio
Brownman’s new Electryc Trio record, Gravitation, was released today and I am featured on the second track, “Ladybird”. This album also features a bevy of amazing bass players, including Marc Rogers and the one and only Damian Erskine. Go pick up a copy at CD Baby or iTunes!

Gravitation: a Study in Freefall
I will also be playing with this insanely talented band at the Beaches Jazz Festival on July 25, 26 and 27.

Now Playing
Here are a few of the records I’ve been digging lately:

Mathias Eick – Skala
Mingus Big Band – Nostalgia in Times Square
Peter Erskine New Trio – Joy Luck
TesseracT – Altered State
Yellowjackets – Mint Jam

Other Notable Upcoming Gigs
July 15: John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra – The Rex, Toronto
July 25/26/27: Brownman Electryc Trio – Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto

As always, be sure to keep checking back. I’m always adding new transcriptions, gigs and other content.

BCG Review on Hamilton Musician

Glen Brown over at Hamilton Musician wrote a really nice review of the Brad Cheeseman Group’s recent Mixed Messages EP. Here are some of the things he had to say:

“Cheeseman is on his way to becoming one of Canada’s bright new jazz composer-artists, as evidenced by his debut Mixed Messages.”

“Cheeseman proves that he is a true flex man on the bass and demonstrates that he can cross over into modern jazz stylings that ‘force’ him to step up the melodic and improvisational content of his playing. And he does it superbly in his own bass work, and then takes it further by composing and arranging the whole picture for a jazz quintet.”

Mixed Messages is comprised of three sparkling and innovative jazz compositions, superbly recorded, exuding freshness and excitement. The technical execution of Cheeseman’s quintet is spectacular. Under his direction, prodded by the compositions themselves, the ensemble fully explores an extremely wide range of dynamic, rhythmic and melodic ideas.”

Check out the full review at http://musicbizbites.blogspot.ca/2013/05/hamilton-bassist-brad-cheeseman.html

ArtsAbled tonight

I recently sat down to talk with Dr. Andrew Scott, a fantastic guitarist/scholar/educator and all around wonderful person, about the Brad Cheeseman Group’s new EP Mixed Messages. That interview will be airing TONIGHT at 9PM on Humber Radio. Listen live at radio.humber.ca, or check out the podcast at anytime at the ArtsAbled homepage.