Alex Goodman and his quintet perform Saturday.

Alex Goodman and his quintet perform Saturday.

Young jazz guitarist in town

Toronto native Alex Goodman to perform in White Rock

Local jazz fans will have an opportunity to hear a guitarist acclaimed as one of the country’s top young musicians and cited by Rolling Stone saxophonist Tim Ries as “one of the most gifted guitarists of his generation” tomorrow night  (Saturday, June 18) at Organic Connections Cafe, 15622 Marine Dr.

Alex Goodman, joined by the members of his quintet, will play starting at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.).

The Toronto-born musician and composer has established a solid reputation as one of the major forces on the Canadian jazz scene, with three albums to his credit including the most recent, Bridges.

Goodman’s last album, Convergence, consistently placed him at the top of the national jazz charts and was named in an Earshot poll as one of the top 10 jazz records of 2010.

His quintet, which features Nick Morgan (saxophones), Darcy Myronuk (piano), Max Roach (drums) and Dan Fortin (bass) is noted for an approach that fuses modern jazz with classical concepts, including contrapuntal writing, baroque-style linear progressions, impressionism and and 20th century compositional ideas.

Goodman has more than 100 compositions plus two award-winning film scores (Goodbye Rosebud, Reality Check) to his credit.

The guitarist, who also doubles on piano,  was already attracting attention while pursuing his bachelor of arts performance degree at the University of Toronto, receiving the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award for the student “deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution in the field of music.”

Among his honours are a dozen national music awards, including the Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship, the Archie Alleyne Award and recognition from the CBC as a “rising star.”

As well as playing with many of Canada’s biggest jazz stars (including Jane Bunnett, Richard Underhill and Terry Clarke) he has also shared the stage with such international figures as John Patitucci, Maria Schneider, Tim Ries and Ron Westray of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets ($15) are available from 778-294-8885 or 604-617-8453.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

In 2017, a member of the Disneyana Fan Club curated a small Community Treasures exhibit at the Museum of Surrey about the early days of Disney and the cartoonist Walt Disney. The museum is now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Treasures exhibition. (Photo: Submitted)
Museum of Surrey wants to spotlight local organizations and clubs

Museum now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Treasures exhibit

The cover of Golf 101 with Bob Dimpleton (left), an instructional book created by South Surrey golf pro Mark Kuhn (inset). Right, a page from the book detailing what to do if your ball lands on the cart path. (Contributed images)
South Surrey golf pro releases new edition of popular instructional book

Mark Kuhn’s Dimpleton family returns in updated Golf 101 e-book

Musician Dana Vande is seen in a screenshot from a music video on Youtube. Vande recently released a pro-lockdown track in response to an Eric Clapton and Van Morrison anti-lockdown track.
Cloverdale musician writes pandemic response song to Van Morrison and Eric Clapton

Dana Vande answers a Clapton-Morrison anti-lockdown track with a pro-lockdown track

Surrey RCMP Constable Mike Della-Paolera as seen in a cut-out used for the detachment’s Operation Double Take program. (File photo)
Surrey’s tall ‘Operation Double Take’ cop is on the move

Cut-out of Constable Mike Della-Paolera used in program to curb speeding and dangerous driving

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Delta Police dog retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Canada released proposed regulations Jan. 2 for the fisheries minister to maintain Canada’s major fish stocks at sustainable levels and recover those at risk. (File photo)
New laws would cement DFO accountability to depleted fish stocks

Three B.C. salmon stocks first in line for priority attention under proposed regulations

Most Read