Buy a Record, Make a Difference is a new series we have created to help local musicians generate income during COVID-19. It is based on the principle that we should support and reward the hard work local artists have already put into recordings, as it is an immensely difficult undertaking to be creating new material under current circumstances. There is currently a lot of emphasis on livestreaming and innovation in our industry, and while those things absolutely have their place, we think it’s also important to boost projects that have already been completed.
In each post, we’ll ask a local artist a series of the same questions, give them the opportunity to talk about recordings they’re proud of, and ask them to talk about other local musicians whose work they admire. It’s our hope that you’ll take the time to listen to & purchase the work of local artists, or at the very least share their work with others.
1. Who are you?
My name is André Lachance. I’m originally from Québec City and have been living here in Vancouver for 30 years. I play, perform and record on double-bass, electric bass and guitar. I also teach lessons and workshops, compose, watch hockey, ride my bike and enjoy supporting the small businesses in my neighbourhood. Also I like dogs.
Over the years, I have been a part of Vancouver-based ensembles the Peggy Lee Group, Brad Turner Quartet, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Chris Gestrin Trio, Kevin Elaschuk’s groups, Oddity and many more. I’ve also been blessed to perform with visiting international artists Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Gary Bartz, Roy McCurdy and many others.
2. Describe your music as best you can.
As far as my own music is concerned, I’ve lead a group on guitar for the last 10 years (most often the group leads me..) that performs my original tunes, Quatuor Andre Lachance. It’s a mix of jazz, prog rock, weird sounds and pretty sounds, with a broad range of compositional influences and with vintage synth bass, like the old Stevie Wonder records. Brad Turner, Chris Gestrin, Joe Poole are in this group and we released an album in 2017 called “The Orange Challenge” and are slowly working towards another. On double bass, I often play in a horn(s)/bass/drums format and have a current project with Joe Poole, Jon Bentley and Brad Turner that was scheduled to perform in the 2020 Vancouver Jazz Fest.
3. What’s your latest recording (or a recording you’d like to promote)? Where can people get it?
The latest one that just came out this spring is a live recording with the Brad Turner Quartet plus the fantastic Seamus Blake that was recorded at Frankie’s a little over a year ago.
4. Is there another local musician whose work you’d like to give a shout out to?
I’d like to nominate Jeff Younger. Aside from being an all around awesome dude and great and eclectic musician and composer, he has also done a lot over the years to help foster the scene, whether by carrying on with various music projects but also the important work of helping to run and manage small DIY music venues, to give us places to play and hang and enjoy listening to creative groups.