Tickets for Hugh's Benefit concert will be
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Message from Bill Clark (trumpet player, founding member of VEJI and conductor of this January 14th concert):
Many of you may know that Hugh Fraser, one of the most influential west coast musicians of the last 3 decades as a leader, composer, performer and educator is fighting cancer. After 7 weeks of chemo and radiation they found heart issues requiring 4 emergency stents thereby delaying his mid-November operation. He is now faced with going through an entire 2nd and 3rd round of heavier chemo before his operation which has been delayed until March or April making him essentially unavailable and unable to work for well over a year. This creates a serious financial burden on an artist that relies entirely on his freelance income. It is also personally difficult for Hugh to not be able to boisterously, joyously, seriously and lovingly pursue music to the degree he is accustomed to at this time.
We in VEJI and the Hugh Fraser Quintet would like to invite you all to celebrate and support Hugh the way he has supported so many of us, by bringing his music to life. Hugh has had an enormous influence on multiple generations of Canadian Jazz Musicians as a leader, composer and educator. Hugh’s dynamic leadership and fierce determination to direct an unruly bunch of young musicians and turn them into a cohesive musical entity transformed many of our lives. With VEJI we had the great privilege of touring this country as a Big Band (rare and difficult), recording multiple CD’s and performing with extraordinary guests such as Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Julian Priester, Slide Hampton, Dave Liebman, Don Thompson, Joe Henderson and Frank Foster to name a few. His Juno award winning quintet is one of the great Canadian jazz units of the past 3 decades, with stunning recordings and international tours representing our country, as just part their legacy. His influence directly in my life, and those whom he worked with directly in VEJI and the quintet I believe is incalculable.
I don’t think anyone that was present for the performance at Pat’s Pub in August will forget Hugh’s determination to get through the night at the piano and directing the band despite extreme fatigue and discomfort. Everyone should be glad to know that his joy of life and constant sense of humour remain intact, but the timing of this concert with his treatments will not allow Hugh to join us onstage for this one.
So, as his jazz ambassadors, we ask you to join us as we present an evening celebrating Hugh and his music.