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Bill Runge Quintet
Part of the Jazz For Barb series presented with the Italian Cultural Center
In 1990 Bill’s first quintet, “The Creatures of Habit” won the Grand Prix at the CBC-Alcan Jazz Competition in Montreal. He has recorded with such artists as Michael Buble, INXS, Jim Byrnes, K-os, Long John Baldry, Divine Brown, Tower Of Power Horns, Hard Rubber Orchestra, Powder Blues & VEJI. Live shows include; The Funk Bros., Frank Sinatra Jr., Michael Feinstein,
Josh Groban, the VSO, Colin James, Arturo Sandoval, Natalie Cole, & Heart. Bill’s last CD; “A Tribute to the South American Masters” was released in 2006. This new quintet features some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians performing a variety of favourite tunes from Steps Ahead, Weather Report, Michael Brecker, and others in a traditional acoustic setting.
With Kristian Alexandrov on piano, Nick Apivor on vibes, Miles Hill on bass and Bernie Arai on drums
ABOUT JAZZ FOR BARB SERIES AND THE ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
Barbara Fudge was a passionate and loyal fan of jazz music. She could be seen all over the city at various jazz events talking and laughing with her friends, mingling with the musicians and enjoying a glass of fine wine. Her personality and laugh were contagious and although no longer with us, her larger than life spirit shines bright. We are so happy to be able to honour her with our ‘Jazz For Barb’ Series.