Primary Colours

Primary Colours

Commissioned and Performed by the CBC Radio Orchestra


Kenny Wheeler, trumpet

Campbell Ryga, soprano sax

Hugh Fraser, trombone




Hugh Fraser Quintet with Strings

Cam Wilson; violin; Mark Ferris; violin; Marie Claude-Brunett, viola; Peggy Lee, cello

Hugh Fraser; piano/bass trombone; Cam Ryga; saxophone; Ross Taggart; saxophone/piano; Ken Lister, bass; Blaine Wikjord, drums








Composed by Hugh Fraser

Arranged by Jens Lindemann

Performed by Fodens Band (Manchester, England)



Chucho Valdes, piano with Hugh Fraser, trombone

Body & Soul

John Stetch, piano with Hugh Fraser, trombone


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Hugh Fraser's VEJI

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Blueshore Theatre - Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver

Join the Vancouver Ensemble of Jazz Improvisation (“VEJI”) in an explosive evening of communal sonic joy! This will be the first concert since the passing of our fearless leader, Hugh Fraser.

Blazing ensemble barrages will set the scene for the incredible collection of 16 veteran creative improvisors to explore their individual and collective experience which will surely be an inspiring and uplifting experience for all present. Legendary CBC broadcaster and creator of Hot Air, the late Bob Smith upon hearing the brash bunch in performance in 1980 said "VEJI is more akin to a gang than a band!" This sense of infectious fun is more tempered and focused after hundreds of concerts, six albums, guest appearances with Slide Hampton, Frank Foster, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Julian Priester, Kenny Wheeler, and Chucho Valdez.

VEJI is now celebrating 44 years of changing the cultural fabric of Canada!

This will be a joyous reunion and sound celebration not to be missed!

VEJI will feature: Bill Clark - Conductor Campbell Ryga - Soprano/Alto Sax Chris Startup - Alto/Tenor Sax Bill Runge - Tenor Sax Chad Makela - Bari Sax Derry Byrne - Trumpet Brad Turner - Trumpet Henry Christian - Trumpet Lorae Murphy-Farrell - Trumpet Dennis Esson - Trombone Rod Borrie - Trombone Brad Muirhead - Bass Trombone Jimi James Fraser - Piano Steve Wallace - Bass Jack Duncan - Percussion Dave Robbins - Drums

$50 General Admission and $40 Student plus ticket fees