Greg Amirault will perform in Sackville on July 12. PHOTO SUBMITTED
The Catbird Jazz Society, in collaboration with the Festival by the Marsh and Ducky’s Bar, presents Greg Amirault, in a solo jazz guitar performance (two sets), starting at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Ducky’s, in Sackville.
Originally from Amirault’s Hill, Nova Scotia, and of Acadian origin, Greg Amirault has been active in the Montréal jazz scene for 27 years. He has a Diploma in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Jazz from McGill University. Having studied with Greg Clayton, Roddy Ellias, and Ben Monder, he has performed with such luminaries as Frédéric Alarie, Steve Amirault, Rémi Bolduc, Roland Bourgeois, Michel Donato, Wray Downes, Howard Levy, (Sackville’s own) Joel Miller, Eduardo Pipman, Maria Schneider, Don Thompson, Dave Turner, André White, and Karen Young. Amirault is also a jazz guitar instructor at both McGill and Concordia Universities, and has published a number of articles in Just Jazz Guitar.
Amirault’s first album as a leader, entitled Acadian Folk Song, featured original music. His current album, East of the Sun, recorded with bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Dave Laing, delves into the Great American Songbook – notably “Time After Time”, “Yesterdays”, “In a Sentimental Mood”, “My One and Only Love”, “Everything I Love”, and the Bossa-Novized “East of the Sun” – and also offers a couple of his own compositions, “Fang Song” and “Lighthouse Route”, the latter title suggestive of his youthful travels around and about Yarmouth. The album displays Amirault’s nimble, lyrical, and tasty improvisational skills, in both ensemble and solo guitar performances, and on jazz standards and originals alike.