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John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada, May 26, 2012

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John Geggie / Lorne Lofsky / Joe Sullivan / Jim DoxasGeggie Concert SeriesNAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, CanadaMay 26, 2012For his final show of the 2011/2012 Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie put together a group of Canadian musicians who are all deserving of broader international recognition. A down-the-middle mainstream jazz set, it still had plenty of surprises in store for the near-capacity crowd at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage, and if it was ...

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John Geggie / Ron Miles / David Occhipinti: Ottawa, Canada, January 14, 2012

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John Geggie / Ron Miles / David OcchipintiGeggie Concert SeriesNAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, CanadaJanuary 14, 2012 For his first concert of 2012, bassist John Geggie reaffirmed the astute ability to bring together musicians in unheard-of configurations that's made his longstanding Geggie Concert Series an Ottawa institution. Despite living in a city that would have a hard time getting classified as a jazz mecca, Geggie's leadership of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival's late night jam ...

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John Geggie / Frank Kimbrough / Jean Martin: Ottawa, Canada April 17, 2010

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John Geggie/Frank Kimbrough/Jean Martin Geggie Concert Series NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, Canada April 17, 2010

Over the past several years, amidst a variety of oddly-configured groups, Ottawa, Canada-based bassist John Geggie has brought a wealth of outstanding pianists to his annual Geggie Concert Series at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage. From Marilyn Crispell and Myra Melford to Craig Taborn and Bill Carrothers, Geggie has continued to pursue his “without a safety net" aesthetic, ...

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John Geggie: Ottawa, Canada, March 6, 2010

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John Geggie Geggie Concert Series NAC Fourth Stage, Ottawa, Canada March 6, 2010

Following up his CD release party for Across the Sky (Plunge, 2010)--a quartet show that, featuring the effervescent saxophonist Donny McCaslin, burned up the stage at Ottawa's Fourth Stage in the National Arts Centre, bassist John Geggie returned with the fifth installment of his annual Geggie Concert Series with a group of high profile Canadian horn players (and one American). ...

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John Geggie / Marilyn Crispell / Nick Fraser: Geggie Project

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Released a few months prior to Across the Sky (Plunge, 2009) and, despite the two releases really representing one multifaceted debut, Geggie Project is the official first release as a leader from John Geggie, a bassist deserving far greater recognition. Geggie Project finds the Ottawa, Canada-based bassist, Toronto-based drummer Nick Fraser, and inestimable free improvising pianist Marilyn Crispell entering the realm of music as conversation. Given her more recent inward-looking proclivities, it wouldn't be a huge leap to compare Geggie ...

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John Geggie: Unexpected Conversations

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Most cities have them: musicians who act like a lightning rod, focusing and driving their jazz scenes. In Ottawa, Canada, bassist John Geggie has been one of those significant focal points for two decades, but in particular over the past ten years. He's one of the founding organizers and faculty members of Jazzworks which, amongst other things, runs an annual Jazz Camp--a weekend boot camp for aspiring musicians from near and far, at various degrees of skill, to hone their ...

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Geggietrio + Donny McCaslin: Across the Sky

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With too many musicians releasing albums as leaders before they're ready, Canadian bassist John Geggie is a refreshing alternative. Waiting until his late forties might, in fact, seem a little overcautious for this central figure on the Ottawa scene, but to compensate--and better demonstrate the breadth of his musical interests--he's released two debuts as a leader, a few scant months apart. Geggie Project (Ambiances Magnétiques, 2009), featuring longtime drummer Nick Fraser and pianist Marilyn Crispell--with whom Geggie has forged an ...

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John Geggie / Josh Rager / Paul Meyers: Ottawa, Canada November 28, 2009

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John GeggieGeggie Concert Series: 2009-10, #3 National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage Ottawa, Canada November 28, 2009

For the third in his 2009-10 Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie once again demonstrated his astute ability to bring together musicians who have not previously played together, but who share enough common ground that--with minimum rehearsal--sound as though they'd been band mates for years.Geggie Concert Series, Ottawa bassist John Geggie once again demonstrated ...

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John Geggie / Edward Simon / Jim Doxas: Ottawa, Canada June 13, 2009

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John Geggie/Edward Simon/Jim DoxasGeggie Concert Series: 2008-09, #8 National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage Ottawa, Canada June 13, 2009

It's been a banner year for John Geggie's Geggie Concert Series at the intimate Fourth Stage in Ottawa, Canada's National Arts Centre. With guitarist Vic Juris heating the room up at the bassist's February, 2009 performance, it's hard to imagine another show--although every show in the series is a winner--where the interaction, chemistry and ...

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John Geggie / Vic Juris / John Fraboni: Ottawa, Canada Feb. 28, 2009

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John Geggie / Vic Juris / John FraboniGeggie Concert Series 08/09, #4 National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage Ottawa, Canada February 28, 2009

It's all too rare that a musician of Vic Juris' caliber comes to town. Returning to Ottawa as part of bassist John Geggie's annual Geggie Concert Series following his April, 2008 date with saxophonist Dave Liebman at Café Paradiso, it was a rare opportunity to hear a top-tier guitarist who, ...

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John Geggie / David Mott / Andy Milne Perform in Ottawa, March 1, 2008

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John Geggie/David Mott/Andy MilneGeggie Concert SeriesNational Arts Centre, Fourth StageOttawa, CanadaMarch 1, 2008 The defining sound of John Geggie's latest concert collaboration was David Mott's baritone saxophone. That's not to underestimate the importance of Andy Milne's piano or Geggie's acoustic bass. But Mott's sax was the more unusual and more resonant sound, moving from short growls to long streams of melody, from deep bass notes to soprano squeaks. Having rarely ...

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John Geggie / Jon Christensen / Steve Amirault in Ottawa, Canada

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John Geggie/Jon Christensen/Steve AmiraultGeggie Concert Series National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage Ottawa, Canada November 17, 2007

While John Geggie's annual concert series at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage has had its share of significant names in the past--Billy Hart, Bill Carrothers, Craig Taborn, Marilyn Crispell and Myra Melford are but a few of the illustrious artists who have joined the Ottawa-based bassist for an evening of music without a safety net--it's ...


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