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Ross Taggart needs our help

Posted on | October 28, 2012 | 8 Comments

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Ross Taggart, one of Canada’s finest jazz pianists and saxophonists, and a dear friend to many of us, is in hospital battling renal cancer. A benefit concert featuring Vancouver’s finest jazz players will take place on Mon, Nov 26 at the Capilano University Theatre. Stay tuned for more info! If you would like to make a donation immediately to assist Ross in his recovery, you can do so either by e-transfer to (please do not send him a personal e-mail at this time) or by sending a cheque payable to Ross Taggart. If you cannot send a donation at this time, his friends ask that you send your positive thoughts to him! : )

Cheques can be sent to:

c/o Vancouver Musicians’ Association Local 145
Suite 100-925 W.8th Ave
Vancouver BC V5Z 1E4

North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts
November 26   2012
8pm Concert

Tickets – $30.00 General Admission
$20.00 Students


 Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver B.C.

A Benefit Concert – An Evening Performance of  Jazz – in tribute to our friend and colleague ROSS TAGGART  who is currently battling Renal Cancer

The evening program will feature contributions from 6 of Ross’s favorite internationally acclaimed Vancouver/Victoria based Jazz Groups.  Each group shares the honor of having Ross Taggart as a founding member.

The concert will feature:

Ian McDougall Sextet

Hugh Fraser Quintet

Bill Coon Quartet


Jill Townsend Big Band 

Bob Murphy Duo with Campbell Ryga

There will be a host rhythm section before and after the concert, providing an opportunity for Ross’s many additional friends in music, to contribute musically to the spirit of the evening.

Come early and stay late to enjoy the pre and post concert Jazz involving Ross’ friends in music.

The pre-concert music will start at 6:30pm.






8 Responses to “Ross Taggart needs our help”

  1. Cameron Hood
    October 28th, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    I wish Ross all the best, and will do my best to be there for him. He’s a wonderful musician, and a wonderful person, and no one should have to battle this disease alone.

  2. Will Goede
    October 29th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Ross is a gentle giant of a man, as good a tenor sax player and musician as any man who touched either of those instruments. He hasn’t an ounce of selfishness or egotism to his name and always makes you feel like you have it in you to be as good as he is. A great teacher, a humanitarian, a funny guy, one who deserves every bit of prayer and positive uplift we can give him.

  3. Lisah Gert D'Angelo
    October 29th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I have always admired his musicianship and personality.
    Lets’s all keep him in our prayers and wish him victory over this disease.

  4. Allan Holender
    November 1st, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Ross is truly a Vancouver jazz legend. To celebrate his life while he is with us is a wonderful tribute. As a cancer survivor it does mean a great deal to have friends and family pray for you and send positive vibes ! I shall make every effort to be there.

  5. Marke Andrews
    November 1st, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    If you care about jazz in this city, you care about Ross. He has given so much good music to us all.

  6. Duncan Sinclair
    November 4th, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Ross Taggart’s many jazz music fans in the Yukon, along with all of us at Jazz Yukon send him all the good, healing vibes that we can offer long distance. He has not only been part of numerous great jazz projects we have presented at Jazz on the Wing in Whitehorse, but an inspiration to our budding scene in so many ways over the years. We will find a way to contribute to this fundraiser.

  7. Lorraine Foster
    November 12th, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    I have known Ross since arriving in Vancouver in 1991 and such a pleasure it is to know this wonderful, kind, generous and talented man. He has always been so respectful of vocalists and admired and loved by many musicians and friends. I will attend the concert to celebrate his life. It is a great tribute.

  8. Lenore Rowntree
    November 15th, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    I remember the first time I saw Ross play at Expo 86. I went because my father’s friend Al Chapple who is a very good jazz pianist himself told me you won’t believe how good this guy is, and he can play sax too! Al was right. And Ross just kept getting better and better over the years. Wishing Ross so much and sending all the good vibes I can.

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