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Cap Jazz Series presents A Tribute to Clare Fischer

Posted on | January 14, 2013 | No Comments

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Cap Jazz Series
A Tribute to Clare Fischer
With “A” Band and NiteCap and faculty guests
Friday, January 25 @ 8:00 PM Tickets: $28/$25

Musical Direction: Brad Turner (“A” Band), Réjean Marois (NiteCap) Faculty Guests: Bill Coon, Dennis Esson, Steve Kaldestad, Chad Makela, Lisa Cay Miller, Jodi Proznick, Dave Robbins, Ron Samworth, Brad Turner

North Shore Credit Union
Centre for the Performing Arts 
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
Tickets + Information: 604.990.7810  |

“Fischer’s arranging and composing invariably possessed a
rich harmonic palette, one that attracted and
influenced other musicians.” – LA Times

Capilano University’s NSCU Centre presents A Tribute to Clare Fischer on Friday, January 25 at 8 PM. The concert showcases the talent of the university’s two senior student ensembles – “A” Band and NiteCap – featuring top musicians and singers in the Jazz Studies program as well as faculty guests. This year, the evening honours Clare Fischer, the Amercian Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger, conductor and pianist who crossed jazz, Latin and pop music genres. Herbie Hancock was influenced by Fischer’s early work, and Clare worked with jazz greats the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Natalie Cole and Joao Gilberto, and masters of pop such as Paul McCartney, Prince and Michael Jackson.

Fischer released over 50 albums in his 60 year career before his death last year at the age of 83. He received 12 Grammy Award nominations, including one for the upcoming 2013 awards for ¡Ritmo! by The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band. He won two Grammy Awards for ClareFischer and Salsa Picante Present 2+2 (1981) and Free Fall (1986), and composed the popular standards “Pensativa” and “Morning”.

After graduating from Michigan State University in 1957, Fischer moved to Los Angeles to work with the Hi-Lo’s as their accompanist and arranger. He wrote for Dizzy Gillespie’s 1960 album, A Portrait of Duke Ellington. His interest in Latin rhythms began in the early 60s, and he alternated between jazz and Latin formats for the rest of his career. He formed the vocal-dominated Brazilian group Salsa Picante in 1975, and recorded in a wide variety of settings from solo piano to big bands throughout the years. Fischer started working on arrangements for R&B groups in the 70s including Rufus with Chaka Khan and The Jacksons. In 1985 he began his long standing collaboration with Prince, arranging for his music and films such as Under the Cherry Moon. Fischer received an honorary doctorate from Michigan State University in 1999 for his outstanding contributions to jazz music. In 2003, he produced his first classical CD, After the Rain.


A Tribute to Clare Fischer  |  Friday, January 25 @ 8:00 pm  |  Tickets: $28/$25

Celebrating the career of Grammy Award-winning American jazz and Latin composer, arranger, bandleader and pianist.

Tickets + Information: 604.990.7810  |


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