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Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert series presents The Clinton Swanson Quartet

By Contributor
February 4th, 2016

For its third concert of the season, the Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series is proud to present the Clinton Swanson Quartet. 

“Nelson’s hardest working musician” teams up with some of the region’s finest to present an evening of intricately arranged chamber jazz. 

Inspired by ensembles like the Modern Jazz Quartet, the group will present original music and arrangements of pieces by jazz legends such as John Coltrane, John Lewis and Charlie Parker.

Clinton Swanson has performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert halls, and night clubs for over 27 years.  Before moving back to the Kootenays nine years ago, he spent 12 years in Vancouver studying saxophone with renowned instructor Stan Karp. 

Constantly performing and teaching throughout the Kootenays, Swanson presents his original compositions and arrangements with multiple ensembles.

The hidden jewel of the Kootenay music scene, Don Clark is an incredible trumpet player and has a resume filled with international touring and recording. 

Having been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Chamber Orchestra, he has performed throughout Canada, the US and Europe. 

Clark lives quietly on the East Shore, conducting the Many Bays Band, performing with the Creston Community Band, writing original music and arrangements for band and small ensembles and has recently picked up the clarinet.

A native of Calgary, Doug Stephenson has been an integral member of Western Canada’s jazz community for over forty years.  He is a world-class guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and producer and joined the Nelson music scene in 2012 when he moved here from Vancouver. 

Including blues legend “Big” Miller, Stephenson has worked with a wide range of artists including Charlie Rouse, Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Michael Occhipinti as well as Kootenay favourites Gabriel Palatchi and Melody Diachun.

Originally from Ottawa, Rob Fahie has multiple music degrees from McGill University and the University of Colorado. During his career, he has performed at prestigious jazz clubs and premiere concert halls throughout the world including The Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club as well as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.

 In 2013, Fahie moved to Nelsonand has succeeded in making a name for himself on the region’s vibrant music scene.

These four musicians have played together throughout the Kootenays on many occasions, but are performing in this configuration for the first time.  St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral will provide a wonderful backdrop for this music, both visually and acoustically. 

Join us on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate evening of exploration and spontaneity. 

Tickets are $15 and available at Otter Books and at the door.

Photo Caption: The Clinton Swanson Quartet includes, from left, Don Clark – Trumpet, Doug Stephenson – Guitar, Rob Fahie – Bass and Clinton Swanson – Saxophone. — Submitted photo

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