Support the Ross Taggart Big Band Project on Kickstarter

Renowned Vancouver jazz musician and composer Ross Taggart passed away prematurely last year.  Loved and missed by many in the Vancouver jazz community, Ross left a legacy of great playing and great compositions.  Impressions director Jill Townsend would like to preserve that legacy with a recording of Ross’ compositions performed by her own award winning big band.

You can help make this recording a reality.  Please show your support by backing the Kickstarter project JILL TOWNSEND BIG BAND RECORDS COMPOSITIONS OF ROSS TAGGART.

Here’s Corey Weeds from Cellar Live Records talking about the project:

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  • arokis arokis says:

    Here’s more information about the project from Sharon Minemoto, Ross’ ex-wife and musical collaborator:

    For those of you who didn’t know Ross, he was my husband for 8 years and a very dear friend and work colleague after we parted ways. He was a world class jazz pianist, saxophonist and composer who was a favorite on the Canadian jazz scene. Ross passed away of renal cancer in January, 2013 at the young age of 45. His passing has left a great hole in the Vancouver jazz scene.

    Cory Weeds has approached big band leader/composer/arranger, Jill Townsend to put together an album of Ross’ compositions. All funds raised from the sale of the CDs will go towards a charity in Ross’ memory. Before Ross passed away, he asked that if it was possible, he’d like to see some money from his estate go to a fund for jazz musicians who are hospitalized or ill for an extended period of time. Cory would like to help fulfill Ross’ wish. Jazz musicians do not get paid a “sick leave”…there is simply no money if one falls ill as Ross did. Cory is not allowed to mention the “charity” aspect of the project on the kick-starter website which is why I’m doing so in this email.

    There are only 10 days to go for this fundraiser. If the goal of $20,000 to pay for the musicians, arranging, studio time, etc of the project, none of the donations can be accepted…this is how kick-starter works. I thought that if we, and any of our friends all kicked in a dollar or two, we could really help make this project happen. Of course, you can donate more if you want to, or if you wouldn’t mind forwarding this to people you think would be interested, it would be much appreciated!

    Here is the link:

    Thanks very much for your time.

    Best regards,

    Sharon Minemoto

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