Saturday, July 05, 2008

Canadian double bass player honored


The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal honored Canadian double bassist Dave Young with the 2008 Oscar Peterson Award. He's the 20th artist to receive the award, which was created during the 1989 festival to honour Canadian musicians for the quality of their art and outstanding contributions to jazz in Canada.

Young has collaborated with the greats of jazz, including Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Ellis Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Oliver Jones and his friend Oscar Peterson from 1975 to 1995. During the ’60s and ’70s, Young performed in Toronto cabarets, with the Edmonton and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras and with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. His twin careers as a classical musician and jazzman have taken him around the world.

Young will be presented the award by Oscar Peterson’s wife and daughter, Kelly and Celine Peterson, at the closing concert of the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 5.

Musicians honored in the past include Francois Bourassa, Yannick Rieu, Bernard Primeau, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Lorraine Desmarais, Moe Koffman, Charles Biddle, Maynard Ferguson, Guy Nadon, Rob McConnel, Nelson Symonds, Michel DOnato, Paul Bley, Fraser MacPherson, Vic Vogel, UZEB, Oliver Jones and Oscar Peterson (pictured above).