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John Geggie

Performance Instructor: Jazz/Classical Upright Bass; Jazz Camp Instructor

I am a double bass player living in Ottawa, Canada. I play the bass in a wide variety of musical contexts, from classical (orchestral), contemporary and chamber musics all the way to jazz and free music. My classical music work includes concerts with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and the 13 Strings Chamber Orchestra (Ottawa). I have regularly participated in new music concerts through the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Music and Beyond Festival. In addition, I have been hosting the late night jam sessions at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival for many years. In the area of improvised creative music, I curated and performed in my own series of concerts at the NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa) for 13 years – I invited creative people from across the spectrum of improvised music to perform with me in a concert-cabaret style setting. In this environment, I have performed with such artists as Ben Monder, Ted Nash, Donny McCaslin, Cuong Vu, Marc Copeland, Edward Simon, Billy Hart, Mark Dresser and Tony Malaby. These concerts were often recorded for broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Societé Radio-Canada (SRC).

Through the concerts with the NAC Orchestra, I have worked with such legendary jazz artists as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen and Rosemary Clooney.

I am also a composer of original music for various contexts and have collaborated on independent film projects as well as with choreographers Yvonne Coutts and Anik Bouvrette. I teach the double bass and improvisation at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, Carleton University and at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau.