Chris Gale's sounds of The Rex

News Oct 17, 2012 Ancaster News

By Mike Pearson, News staff

The signature sounds of the legendary Rex Hotel are coming to the Old Firehall Arts Centre this Saturday with a special performance by saxophonist Chris Gale.

Gale, a Hamilton native, is a staple performer at the Toronto jazz club, one of Canada’s premier live music venues.

“It’s tavern meets jazz club,” said Gale, who describes the atmosphere at The Rex as friendly and low-key.

For his Oct. 20 concert in Ancaster as part of the Rhythm and Blues and More series , Gale plans to feature of mix of soulful jazz and serious blues, with a salute to the late Jimmy Smith. Like Smith, Gale makes use of the Hammond B-3 organ, adding a funky, fast-paced rhythm to the performance. Gale’s music is also influenced by The Rebirth Jazz Band from New Orleans and such notable names as Ben Webster, Chris Potter and John Coltrane.

As a freelance musician, Gale’s performances range from big band to duos and nightclub gigs accompanied by a DJ.

Gale discovered the saxophone during his high school music classes. Oddly enough, the instrument was not his first choice. He originally hoped to play the clarinet. But after honing his skills as a member of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, Gale knew he made the right choice.

Speaking about his time with the group, Gale said “it fostered a continuous interest in jazz. It seemed like music was sticking with me.”

Musical director Russ Weil was “a serious musical mentor” Gale added.

Gale still keeps in touch with fellow HASJB alumnus Adrean Farrugia.  The two are part of a collaborative musical venture called The Worst Pop Band Ever, performing an eclectic selection of music ranging from Gordon Lightfoot to Bjork and Tears For Fears. Both men also perform in the Chris Gale quartet.

After graduating from Mohawk College, Gale studied at McGill in Montreal and later at the University of Toronto where he continued to hone his performance skills. Despite his love of jazz, Gale considered a career in law enforcement.

But as the days and weeks went by, his phone kept ringing with more requests to perform at various gigs, from R&B and blues bands to jazz bands. Soon Gale realized he could actually make a living doing what he loved.

Today Gale performs in several groups, including Buckaloose with Vanessa Rodrigues on the B-3 organ, Mike Rud on guitar and drummer Davide DiRenzo.

Gale is also an experienced touring musician, having performed with Canadian singer-songwriter Colin James and a four-year stint with Canadian country pop band Blue Rodeo. Gale plays predominantly tenor and baritone sax but can also play alto.

Gale is currently working with soul singer Jarvis Church, also known as Gerald Eaton, the former front man of the Philosopher Kings.  Jarvis Church and the Soul Station have a forthcoming CD and Gale hopes the band will announce a spring and summer tour in the new year.

Along with the B-3 organ, Gale’s performance in Ancaster will be accompanied by a guitar and drums.

Rhythm and Blues and More is a partnership between Music at Fieldcote, Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum and the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band. The Old Firehall Arts Centre features an intimate setting with soft lighting and cabaret-style table seating. Tickets are limited for all performances. As of Tuesday, the Chris Gale concert was more than two-thirds sold out and remaining tickets are expected to go fast.

Tickets are $20 for each of the four concerts and are available at Cavallo Nero restaurant at 370 Wilson St. E., 905-648-8888 or online at www.hamiltonallstarjazz.org.

Other performers in the series include Backroom 11, Jack de Keyzer and Tyler Yarema.

Chris Gale's sounds of The Rex

News Oct 17, 2012 Ancaster News

By Mike Pearson, News staff

The signature sounds of the legendary Rex Hotel are coming to the Old Firehall Arts Centre this Saturday with a special performance by saxophonist Chris Gale.

Gale, a Hamilton native, is a staple performer at the Toronto jazz club, one of Canada’s premier live music venues.

“It’s tavern meets jazz club,” said Gale, who describes the atmosphere at The Rex as friendly and low-key.

For his Oct. 20 concert in Ancaster as part of the Rhythm and Blues and More series , Gale plans to feature of mix of soulful jazz and serious blues, with a salute to the late Jimmy Smith. Like Smith, Gale makes use of the Hammond B-3 organ, adding a funky, fast-paced rhythm to the performance. Gale’s music is also influenced by The Rebirth Jazz Band from New Orleans and such notable names as Ben Webster, Chris Potter and John Coltrane.

As a freelance musician, Gale’s performances range from big band to duos and nightclub gigs accompanied by a DJ.

Gale discovered the saxophone during his high school music classes. Oddly enough, the instrument was not his first choice. He originally hoped to play the clarinet. But after honing his skills as a member of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, Gale knew he made the right choice.

Speaking about his time with the group, Gale said “it fostered a continuous interest in jazz. It seemed like music was sticking with me.”

Musical director Russ Weil was “a serious musical mentor” Gale added.

Gale still keeps in touch with fellow HASJB alumnus Adrean Farrugia.  The two are part of a collaborative musical venture called The Worst Pop Band Ever, performing an eclectic selection of music ranging from Gordon Lightfoot to Bjork and Tears For Fears. Both men also perform in the Chris Gale quartet.

After graduating from Mohawk College, Gale studied at McGill in Montreal and later at the University of Toronto where he continued to hone his performance skills. Despite his love of jazz, Gale considered a career in law enforcement.

But as the days and weeks went by, his phone kept ringing with more requests to perform at various gigs, from R&B and blues bands to jazz bands. Soon Gale realized he could actually make a living doing what he loved.

Today Gale performs in several groups, including Buckaloose with Vanessa Rodrigues on the B-3 organ, Mike Rud on guitar and drummer Davide DiRenzo.

Gale is also an experienced touring musician, having performed with Canadian singer-songwriter Colin James and a four-year stint with Canadian country pop band Blue Rodeo. Gale plays predominantly tenor and baritone sax but can also play alto.

Gale is currently working with soul singer Jarvis Church, also known as Gerald Eaton, the former front man of the Philosopher Kings.  Jarvis Church and the Soul Station have a forthcoming CD and Gale hopes the band will announce a spring and summer tour in the new year.

Along with the B-3 organ, Gale’s performance in Ancaster will be accompanied by a guitar and drums.

Rhythm and Blues and More is a partnership between Music at Fieldcote, Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum and the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band. The Old Firehall Arts Centre features an intimate setting with soft lighting and cabaret-style table seating. Tickets are limited for all performances. As of Tuesday, the Chris Gale concert was more than two-thirds sold out and remaining tickets are expected to go fast.

Tickets are $20 for each of the four concerts and are available at Cavallo Nero restaurant at 370 Wilson St. E., 905-648-8888 or online at www.hamiltonallstarjazz.org.

Other performers in the series include Backroom 11, Jack de Keyzer and Tyler Yarema.

Chris Gale's sounds of The Rex

News Oct 17, 2012 Ancaster News

By Mike Pearson, News staff

The signature sounds of the legendary Rex Hotel are coming to the Old Firehall Arts Centre this Saturday with a special performance by saxophonist Chris Gale.

Gale, a Hamilton native, is a staple performer at the Toronto jazz club, one of Canada’s premier live music venues.

“It’s tavern meets jazz club,” said Gale, who describes the atmosphere at The Rex as friendly and low-key.

For his Oct. 20 concert in Ancaster as part of the Rhythm and Blues and More series , Gale plans to feature of mix of soulful jazz and serious blues, with a salute to the late Jimmy Smith. Like Smith, Gale makes use of the Hammond B-3 organ, adding a funky, fast-paced rhythm to the performance. Gale’s music is also influenced by The Rebirth Jazz Band from New Orleans and such notable names as Ben Webster, Chris Potter and John Coltrane.

As a freelance musician, Gale’s performances range from big band to duos and nightclub gigs accompanied by a DJ.

Gale discovered the saxophone during his high school music classes. Oddly enough, the instrument was not his first choice. He originally hoped to play the clarinet. But after honing his skills as a member of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, Gale knew he made the right choice.

Speaking about his time with the group, Gale said “it fostered a continuous interest in jazz. It seemed like music was sticking with me.”

Musical director Russ Weil was “a serious musical mentor” Gale added.

Gale still keeps in touch with fellow HASJB alumnus Adrean Farrugia.  The two are part of a collaborative musical venture called The Worst Pop Band Ever, performing an eclectic selection of music ranging from Gordon Lightfoot to Bjork and Tears For Fears. Both men also perform in the Chris Gale quartet.

After graduating from Mohawk College, Gale studied at McGill in Montreal and later at the University of Toronto where he continued to hone his performance skills. Despite his love of jazz, Gale considered a career in law enforcement.

But as the days and weeks went by, his phone kept ringing with more requests to perform at various gigs, from R&B and blues bands to jazz bands. Soon Gale realized he could actually make a living doing what he loved.

Today Gale performs in several groups, including Buckaloose with Vanessa Rodrigues on the B-3 organ, Mike Rud on guitar and drummer Davide DiRenzo.

Gale is also an experienced touring musician, having performed with Canadian singer-songwriter Colin James and a four-year stint with Canadian country pop band Blue Rodeo. Gale plays predominantly tenor and baritone sax but can also play alto.

Gale is currently working with soul singer Jarvis Church, also known as Gerald Eaton, the former front man of the Philosopher Kings.  Jarvis Church and the Soul Station have a forthcoming CD and Gale hopes the band will announce a spring and summer tour in the new year.

Along with the B-3 organ, Gale’s performance in Ancaster will be accompanied by a guitar and drums.

Rhythm and Blues and More is a partnership between Music at Fieldcote, Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum and the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band. The Old Firehall Arts Centre features an intimate setting with soft lighting and cabaret-style table seating. Tickets are limited for all performances. As of Tuesday, the Chris Gale concert was more than two-thirds sold out and remaining tickets are expected to go fast.

Tickets are $20 for each of the four concerts and are available at Cavallo Nero restaurant at 370 Wilson St. E., 905-648-8888 or online at www.hamiltonallstarjazz.org.

Other performers in the series include Backroom 11, Jack de Keyzer and Tyler Yarema.