Jens Lindemann/trumpet and Tommy Banks/piano 2016 and 2017 JUNO NOMINEES
Kristian Alexandrov-Hammond B3 organ/percussion
Jeremy Coates- acoustic bass
Legacy…Live is a landmark instrumental recording that captures the incredibly spontaneous energy of internationally renowned trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann and one of his mentors, the iconic pianist and former Canadian Senator Tommy Banks, both of whom have received their country’s highest civic award, the Order of Canada. The performance encompasses a wide range of standards and styles including Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, and the jazz concerto ‘Dreaming of the Masters’ which received its American premiere at Carnegie Hall to rave reviews in the New York Times.
Legacy…Live celebrates how the great repertoire of a magical era represented by George Gershwin, ‘Fats Waller’, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and others has inspired generations of artists. Joining Jens and Tommy are star performers, Kristian Alexandrov (Hammond B3 organ/percussion), Jeremy Coates (bass), and Tyler Hornby (drums). Legacy…Live captures the excitement and drama of live performance with touching ballads, displays of virtuosity, and extraordinary musical energy.
“It was both a privilege and honour to have done this concert recording with Tommy Banks as he has been a mentor and inspiration to me and many thousands of other Canadian musicians. In keeping with our long-standing tradition of performing ‘live only…never studio,’ Tommy and I agreed that we had to perform this recording in a club for an audience. I think I was most inspired by the idea of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie ‘Live at the Sands’ where slight audience noise at times and tunes melting together from one into another add both authenticity and charm by creating a type of energy meant to be captured in the moment. Choosing the intimate nature of the Ironwood Stage in Calgary (on Canada Day no less!) allowed us to pack a room and present a concert intended to take the listener on a journey encompassing a number of instrumental styles. For a spontaneous project like this, you want to be with people that you trust implicitly. Ultimately though, this project is to honour Tommy Banks in particular and his incalculable contribution to all music in Canada. It is his legacy that we are proud to present…live!”