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January 4 /7:30 pm 10:30 pm
Pianist, composer, and bandleader GORD SHEARD has enjoyed a thriving career as a professional musician for more than three decades. During that time he has toured with bands including Manteca, Rick Shadrach Lazar and The Montuno Police, and Montreal bassist Alain Caron’s Le Band.
As a composer, his music may be heard on his “All Saints’ Bay” (2012) and “Crucible” (2006) CDs, on three discs on the Avalon and Solitudes labels – Martini Lounge (1998), Romance of Rio (1997), and Piano Cove (2000) – as well as on recordings by John MacLeod (Juno-winning CD “Our First Set”), Phil Dwyer, Samba Squad, Colleen Allen, Autorickshaw, Rick Shadrach Lazar and The Montuno Police, and Manteca. The latter two bands have also called upon his talents as a producer, as have vocal artists Eliana Cuevas, Yvette Tollar, and jazz vocalist/pianist Carol Welsman.
He was involved in the production and composition of music for television and radio commercials, films, and audio-visual productions throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and has worked steadily as a studio pianist/keyboardist. From 1984 to 1987 he toured extensively with fluegelhornist/composer Chuck Mangione in the United States, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. He has performed live with a lengthy list of jazz greats including Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi, Steve Ferrone, Lew Soloff, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, and Slim Gaillard. In 2008, Gord Sheard received his PhD in Ethnomusicology (York University). He is a full-time faculty member and Head of Composition at Humber College.
This evening’s all-star GORD SHEARD TRIO features jazz masters GEORGE KOLLER on bass and MARK KELSO on drums, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.