Saturday, July 9, 2016

CONGRATS! Hamilton's Brad Cheeseman Group Wins 2016 Grand Prix Jazz Award

Picture courtesy of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Hamilton's Brad Cheeseman Group have made their hometown proud by winning the 2016 Grand Prix Jazz Award at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival.  Since 1982,2 the prestigious festival has been awarding the prize to talented Canadian Jazz performers.

Brad has this to say on his Facebook page:

"To be performing at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in any capacity is a big deal. To share my own music with anyone is a wonderful experience on its own... to share it with the hundreds (maybe thousands) of people who heard us this week was beyond amazing. To see so many of my peers also performing at the festival was heartwarming. To be compared to some of those same peers was slightly terrifying (some of you guys are just too good).

On Monday, we got out there and did all that we could do: we played our best and just basked in the moment... the prize was of little concern (and, to be honest, we figured/hoped that Autobahn or Tara Kannangara would win). And by not building up our own expectations, we left space for magic to happen in the music. Robert, Sam, Chelsea and Marito gave this music their all and treated my pieces as if they were there own. That's enough for any musician, right there.

And then I got the call.

The next 24 hours was a bit of a blur culminating in our TD Stage performance. I met a lot of wonderful people in that time and was happy to see several familiar faces in the crowd for that performance.

I don't know what comes next, but I do know that I feel a lot of love and appreciation for everyone who has helped us get from our first gig (4.5 years ago at Homegrown Hamilton!) to here. Thank you thank you thank you."

Video above courtesy of Montreal Jazz Festival

Blast from the Past: Brad Cheeseman Video and More

Links: Brad Cheeseman GroupMore Brad Cheeseman Stories, Video above courtesy of Steel City Jazz Festival


Also that night, Toronto's Tara Kannangara received the Stingray Rising Star Award

Video above courtesy of Tara Kannangara


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