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Sat, Mar 23



Double Bass

featuring John Geggie and Adrian Vedady

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Double Bass
Double Bass


Mar 23, 2024, 7:30 p.m.

GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3E5, Canada


John Geggie and Adrian Vedady - double basses

Adrian and John have played bass with improvising musicians on the national and international level for a very long time. For this concert, they wanted to perform together in a unique, almost chamber music setting. This concert will feature some original compositions as well as some favourite jazz standards and perhaps a duo by Bartok (not bar talk.)

"John Geggie is greatly in demand as a versatile musician and creative composer both in Canada and internationally, through the many years of his guest-star studded series at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, not to mention on the stages of the festival’s jam sessions summer after summer."

“What a ridiculously fine bass player Adrian Vedady is. His impeccable ear for tuning and level/balance, his agility around the instrument and his fluency as an improvisor are just jaw-dropping. A player who ‘must be counted among Montreal’s finest double bassists’ might also happen to be one of the best in the world.”- Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News 2022

John Geggie: Double bassist John Geggie is an internationally established performer, composer and educator. He studied at Indiana University with Lawrence Hurst and Bruce Bransby and his jazz studies included work with David Baker, the late Gary Peacock, Palle Danielsson and Anders Jormin. As a performer, he works frequently with the NAC Orchestra and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Current projects include the John Geggie Trio (with Roddy Ellias and Joel Frahm), as well as the John Geggie Journey Band. For 13  years, he programmed, curated and performed in his own invitational ‘Geggie Series’ at the NAC Fourth Stage. He has hosted the Ottawa Jazz Festival Late Night Jam Series for over 20 years. Mr. Geggie has composed works (St. Andrew's Vibrations and Paraphrase) which were  premiered by Thirteen Strings. Geggie’s present commissions include works for brass quintet and a suite of pieces for a string quartet including double bass. John Geggie is on the faculty of Carleton University, at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau.

Adrian Vedady is one of Montreal’s finest jazz bassists. Since 1998 he has been performing, recording and touring nationally and internationally. He is known for his beautiful sound, his creativity, his ability to connect with a broad array of musicians and his soulfulness. He performs regularly with such great Montreal musicians as Jim Doxas, Al McLean, Christine Jensen, Sienna Dahlen, Kate Wyatt, Erik Hove, Louis-Vincent Hamel, Lex French, Andre White and Steve Amirault. He has performed with Canadian jazz greats Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald, Brad Turner, Florian Hoefner, Kevin Turcotte, Roddy Ellias and the late, great Wray Downes. Vedady has worked with international artists such as Marc Copland, Sheila Jordan, Dan Weiss, Donny McCaslin, Peter Bernstein, Ingrid Jensen, Jean-Michel Pilc, Chet Doxas, David Liebman, Ariel Pocock, Ravi Coltrane and George Colligan. Adrian Vedady has received two composition grants from the Quebec Council for the Arts in 2005 and 2009. He also received a FACTOR recording grant in 2007 which led to the recording of his first album as a leader, In Three Acts. In 2014, he won a Juno award for best jazz album with Mike Rud's Notes on Montreal project. In 2020, he won another Juno award for best jazz album with Jacques Seguin’s Migrations. In 2022, he won an East Coast Music award for best jazz album with the Montreal Jazz Trio.

In 2022, he was on tour with the Doxas Brothers Quartet in support of their album, The Circle; with the Montreal Jazz Trio, in support of their self-titled album; with the CODE Quartet, in support of their album, Genealogy; and with the Kate Wyatt Quartet, in support of her album, Artifact.

Tickets for the in-person concert include access to the livestream which may be re-watched any time after the original airdate.

Tickets are non-refundable.


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