Brad Cheeseman Group wins 2016 TD Grand Prix Jazz Award

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).

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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.

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Brad Cheeseman Group: summer 2016 tour!

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

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See you soon!

Mixed Messages EP out now!

I’m proud to announce the Brad Cheeseman Group’s Mixed Messages EP is now available for stream/purchase at http://bradcheeseman.bandcamp.com. The recording features a selection of original material that the band had been working on since 2011, and was recorded in the fall of 2012. Please take a listen and if you like it, show it to others!

1. Mixed Messages
2. Winter Solstice
3. Seven Sages

Brad Cheeseman – Bass
Matt Burns – Drums
Robert Chapman – Guitar
Sam Kogen – Piano & Keyboard
Jeff LaRochelle – Tenor Saxophone

Produced by Devin Chubb
Recorded and Mixed by Phil Spencer
Mastered by Peter Moore
Artwork by Michael-Vincent Laviolette
Photography by Robert Stirling
All compositions and arrangements © 2013 Brad Cheeseman (SOCAN)