"LIVE @ RECORD RUNNER" CONCERT SERIES DECEMBER 8th, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m.
JEREMY LEDBETTER TRIO
JEREMY LEDBETTER - PIANO
MARC DECHO - BASS
SARAH THAWER - DRUMS
An engaging and fiery performer whose music knows no boundaries, Canadian pianist Jeremy Ledbetter has made a career from travelling the far-flung corners of the globe in search of the most fascinating and unique musical ideas out there, then seamlessly integrating them into his work as a pianist, composer, and producer. Jeremy is the driving force behind Caribbean Latin Jazz powerhouse CaneFire, and the longtime musical director and producer for calypso superstar David Rudder. Jeremy’s newest project, the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio, released their debut album “Got a Light?” in 2018. The Trio features Ledbetter’s unique sound at the piano alongside fellow Canadian jazz heavyweights Rich Brown (rinsethealgorithm) and Larnell Lewis (Snarky Puppy).
Originally trained as a classical pianist, Jeremy studied jazz performance in Toronto before embarking on over a decade of world travel that saw him work with some of the most prominent recording artists in Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil, and Venezuela. Upon his return to Canada, Jeremy formed the Caribbean jazz ensemble CaneFire to play the original music inspired by his travels. CaneFire has quickly risen to international recognition on the strength of two albums – “Kaiso Blue” (2005) and “Pandemonium” (2010), and their performances at jazz festivals the world over. Ledbetter features prominently in Canada’s jazz and world music scenes, performing regularly with Alexis Baro, Eliana Cuevas, CaneFire, Okan, and Mark Kelso’s Jazz Exiles, among others.
Jeremy’s expertise in a variety of musical cultures is most evident in his production work, which has seen him tackle ambitious projects in a wide range of genres. Jeremy has produced albums for latin, calypso, soca, jazz, and salsa artists in five different countries, including eight albums with David Rudder and two with CaneFire. Ledbetter’s most recent production, “Golpes y Flores” by Venezuelan songstress Eliana Cuevas, won him World Music Producer of the Year honours at the 2018 Independent Music Awards.
At the piano, Ledbetter’s playing features unrelenting energy and a playful spirit. He has worked with world-renowned artists from the worlds of jazz (Andy Narell, Jane Bunnett, Eliana Cuevas), salsa (Alfredo de la Fe, Changuito, Willie Torres, Adonis Puentes, Ralph Irizarry), calypso (David Rudder, Mighty Sparrow, Andre Tanker, Ralph MacDonald) and Brazilian music (Hermeto Pascoal, Celso Machado, Luanda Jones). Ledbetter is also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who counts the steelpan, harmonica, mandolin, and didjeridu among his weapons of choice. Jeremy currently lives in and out of Toronto, Canada.
The Jeremy Ledbetter Trio’s debut album, “Got a Light?” which features three Canadian virtuosos — pianist and bandleader Jeremy Ledbetter (CaneFire), drummer Larnell Lewis(Snarky Puppy), and bassist Rich Brown (rinsethealgorithm) is a controlled explosion of big musical ideas, stylistic variety, vivid colours, and compelling musical storytelling. Forged in an interstellar collision of contemporary jazz and world music, Ledbetter’s compositions form a style that is truly organic and uniquely his own.
Sarah Thawer is a drummer based in Toronto, Canada. She is currently freelancing, collaborating, doing session work and performing with international artists playing jazz, latin, gospel, hip hop, funk, r&b/soul, fusion, indian and world music.
She studied jazz and world music at York University and was the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the highest award given by the institution, in addition to graduating with the Summa Cum Laude distinction.
She has shared the stage with many popular artists including AR Rahman, Del Hartley, D’bi and the 333, Rich Brown, Re.verse, Salim-Sulaiman, Benny Dayal and Funktuation, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Mitch Frohman, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Maria Mulata, Grisha Goryachev, Roger and Sam Grandinson, S S Thaman, Steve Koven, Vijay Prakash to name a few.
Sarah has also been featured on various television and radio stations such as CBC News newscast, Jazz FM 91.1, OMNI TV, Rogers Daytime, Vijay TV and various others.
Sarah endorses Vic Firth drum sticks, Evans drum heads, Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals and Gruv Gear.
Montreal born Marc Decho is a self-taught bassist, composer and educator who has quickly become recognized as one of the most diverse and in demand bassists in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. He has performed/recorded with some of Canada’s finest musicians including Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee Jane Bunnett, Grammy winning bassist/producer Roberto Riveron, Gabriel Palatchi, Jeremy Ledbetter, Rafael Zaldivar, Danae Olano, Marito Marques, Alexis Baro, Elmer Ferrer, Amado Dedeu Garcia, Reimundo Sosa (Battle of Santiago), Roddy Ellias, Michael Curtis Hanna, Evandro Gracelli, Mark Molnar to name a few, as well as shared the stage with such greats as: Lee Fields, Bernie Worrell, SF Jazz Collective, Ivan Mazuze, Rich Brown, Daymé Arocena, Yissy Garcia y Banda Ancha, Yasek Manzano, Leyanis Valdez (daughter of legendary Chucho Valdez), Alice Russell & more.He has performed at various festivals throughout France, Cuba & Canada.
As a leader and sideman, Marc performs with and leads multiple groups ranging from solo to larger ensembles, most notably he is a longstanding member of the legendary Cuban pianist Miguel De Armas and his Latin-Jazz Quartet.