The Tide Turns blos­soms from Grand Prix de Jazz prize

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - DE­BRA DOWNEY

Mu­si­cian Brad Cheese­man has turned his Grand Prix de Jazz award into a prize for his fans.

Cheese­man is set to re­lease his new CD, “The Tide Turns,” Sept. 22. It in­cludes nine tracks, eight of which are new con­tem­po­rary jazz com­po­si­tions from the An­caster bassist/com­poser.

Join­ing Cheese­man on his sec­ond full-length al­bum are fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tors Robert Chap­man on gui­tar, pi­anist Sam Ko­gen, Mar­ito Mar­ques on drums, and Juno Award-win­ning sax­o­phon­ist Kelly Jef­fer­son.

“Go­ing in (to the 2016 Mon­treal Jazz Fes­ti­val), I never ex­pected that we would have been cho­sen over the great tal­ent that we were up against, but it was an honour — and a sur­prise — to re­ceive it,” said Cheese­man.

“That recog­ni­tion alone is enough to be proud of, but be­ing able to use the award to record this new mu­sic with some of my favourite mu­si­cians, and to share it with lis­ten­ers ev­ery­where — that’s the real prize.”

The Grand Prix de Jazz award in­cluded a week of stu­dio time and a $5,000 grant from fes­ti­val pre­sen­ter TD Canada Trust.

A grad­u­ate of An­caster High and Mo­hawk Col­lege, Cheese­man’s in­ter­est in mu­sic be­gan when he was six years old. He started out play­ing pi­ano, switched to gui­tar in high school, and then moved to bass about 13 years ago.

He won In­stru­men­tal Record­ing of the Year at the Hamil­ton Mu­sic Awards in 2013 and 2016, and has twice been nom­i­nated for Best Jazz In­stru­men­tal at the Toronto In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Awards. In July 2015, the Brad Cheese­man Group launched its first al­bum and earned five nom­i­na­tions at the Hamil­ton Mu­sic Awards.

Cheese­man is cel­e­brat­ing the re­lease of “The Tide Turns” with a tour of On­tario and Que­bec. Per­for­mances will fea­ture ma­te­rial from the new al­bum, as well as fan favourites from pre­vi­ous re­leases. CDs will be avail­able at the per­for­mances or can be ob­tained dig­i­tally through Band­camp and iTunes.

His CD re­lease is Sept. 22 at the Art­word Art­bar, 150 Col­bourne St., at 8 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10. For tour dates, visit brad­cheese­


Jazz bassist Brad Cheese­man is set to re­lease his new CD, "The Tide Turns," Sept. 22.

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