John Pittman: trumpet
Shirantha Beddage: baritone saxophone
Jeff McLeod: piano
Mike Downes: bass
Curtis Nowosad: drums
It has been said that a musician should “tell a story” when they play and storytelling, at its core, is really all about relationships. How characters interact, how they grow or change, and how the audience relates to, responds to or empathizes with those characters is essential. It is the relationships that bring meaning: to the story, its characters, its audience, its author. That is why Kinship is at the heart of this album; it tells the story of the relationships and experiences that inform the artist and bring meaning to the music.
Kinship is the debut solo release from Toronto- based trumpet player John Pittman (The Heavyweights Brass Band, Composer’s Collective Big Band), and features a stellar cast of musicians that were chosen in keeping with the overarching narrative of this record. Shirantha Beddage, Jeff McLeod, Mike Downes and Curtis Nowosad all share a history and a connection with John and, while they are all musical giants individually, their collective studio chemistry is palpable on this release.
Kinship is the story of the people and experiences that make us who we are; that which brings meaning to our narrative and communicates what matters most to us. Here’s hoping you find kinship with the artists through your experience of the music.
For his sophomore feature-length album, accomplished singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz presents cocktail of vintage-pop, jazz, and swing, backed by a sure shot band made up of several of Canada’s top jazz musicians. The album presents six new compositions sure to become popular additions to the American Songbook, and reinvents several classic standards.
Drink You In contains material co-written with award-winning artists including JUNO-winner Sonia Johnson, JUNO-nominee Barbra Lica, Tia Brazda, and producer Drew Jurecka.
As a lyricist and composer, Steven Taetz has written for many internationally renowned artists including Simone Denny (Love Inc.) and Billboard chart-topping Brazilian artist Amannda. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Rogers Centre (Toronto), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Hotel Café (LA) and Koerner Hall Galleria for Sinatra’s 100th.
Drink You In will be released on Friday, September 28th, 2018 and distributed worldwide by Flatcar Records // Fontana North. The release will be celebrated with a performance on Sunday, September 30th at The Jazz Bistro in Toronto. This will be followed by a Canadian release tour.