Jim Gelcer Jazz

Jim Gelcer (drums, vocals) has been called “a hidden jewel in the Canadian jazz landscape.” He is at home in an eclectic range of genres, from jazz and rock to klezmer and kirtan. He has worked with Lorne Lofsky, Reg Schwager, Paul Hoffert, Don Thompson, Russ Little, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbara, Guido Basso, Steve Wallace, Dave Young, John Sherwood, Nancy Walker, Richard Underhill, George Koller, and has toured with acts as diverse as Lee Aaron and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. Jim is also an accomplished composer, with numerous credits in television and film. His voice has been described as sounding “like Chet Baker with edge”.

COMING IN 2018 – JIM AND PAUL PLAY GLENN AND LUDWIG: New release from the JIM GELCER / PAUL HOFFERT TRIO. Jazz interpretations of Glenn Gould’s Beethoven repertoire. With GEORGE KOLLER (double bass) and special guest BILL MCBIRNIE (flute). For more info click here

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Melodies Pure and True

Jim Gelcer is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer, yogi and in-demand collaborator who’s performed and recorded with many high-profile artists. On this album, Gelcer teams up with two of Canada’s jazz icons to pay homage to the pop soul classics that influenced and shaped the artist he is today – global in style, popular in nature, fat and funky in tone.

 

"The album title ... gets right to the essence of Gelcer's latest recording. Depending only on Reg Schwager on guitar and George Koller on bass (while Gelcer performs the very rare feat - in jazz, at least - of accompanying himself on drums), his vocal interpretations of classic pop tunes from the '60s and '70s show why we all loved these songs in the first place. With masterful singers like Gelcer finding new ways to present these old songs, these melodies will indeed always be with us - pure and true."
MARK RHEAUME
CBC Radio
“Lilting and swinging, Gelcer sings with a purity of tone, a resonant vocal aesthetic and a deeply embedded rhythmic sensibility…a joyous soundtrack for all the groovy, funky and glorious moments of your life.”
LESLEY MITCHELL-CLARKE
The WholeNote
"Tasteful!"
JAYMZ BEE
On-Air Host, Producer & Jazz Safari Bwana, JAZZ.FM91
“Great recording!”
LAUREN HANCOCK
programmer, Tonic/CBC Radio 2, CBC jazz streams
"Very nicely done. A new twist on an 'old classic'. It's an honour for me to know that you picked one of our songs to record!"
STEVE HOLLINGWORTH
Five Man Electrical Band
"Great CD... An especially great selection of tunes!"
BILL MCBIRNIE
jazz flutist extraordinaire
"A good addition to the Canadian jazz universe!"
JOHN DEVENISH,
Host: Dinner Jazz 6 to 9pm, Mon-Fri, JAZZ.FM91
“Thanks for the swell records!”
TERRY MCELLIGOTT
On-Air Host, JAZZ.FM91
“Thanks for the swell records!”
TERRY MCELLIGOTT
On-Air Host, JAZZ.FM91
"Jim has a voice filled with depth, love, and emotion--the perfect bhakti singer.
DEBI WINSTON BUZIL
Yoga Chicago Magazine

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