Phil Dwyer Trio

Juno-winning multi-instrumentalist Phil Dwyer takes a seat at the piano for an intimate trio concert in the Rainbow Room. Don’t miss a new and exciting musical collaboration – for one night only – featuring Vancouver’s Darren Radtke on bass and Jesse Cahill on drums!

Phil Dwyer – Piano
Darren Radtke – Bass
Jesse Cahill – Drums

Performing: Concert 9

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Phil Dwyer – Piano

On Dec. 30, 2013 Phil Dwyer was appointed as a Member of the Order Of Canada. He was cited for “his contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer, and for increasing access to music education in his community.” In January 2015 he was recognized by the Royal Conservatory of Music as an Honorary Fellow. These distinctions arise from an illustrious thirty year career collaborating with a storied roster of great musical artists, crossing stylistic and geographic borders. Phil has appeared on ten Juno Award-winning recordings, and over thirty nominated recordings. He is also a recipient of the prestigious K.M. Hunter Prize, for excellence in the arts.

Phil is a recent graduate of the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law. He spent his summers between school years living in Toronto, maintaining a busy music schedule and, among other things, participating in a pilot project with social services agency Sound Times and Legal Aid Ontario and assisting noted activist lawyer Peter Rosenthal. He is now an articled student on Vancouver Island and is engaged with a number of community organizations in the areas of refugee resettlement and community health. He remains active as a performer, teacher, recording artist, curates “Phil Dwyer’s Jazz Canada” for CBC Radio Music, and is a partner in SeaWind Musical Instruments.

Darren Radtke – Bass

Aldergrove, BC native Darren Radtke [guitar & bass] began his musical studies as a singer, but took a turn to studies on bass to pursue his future in jazz. He currently divides his time between his interest in young musicians as a faculty member in the jazz department at Capilano College, and performing. He performs at most of the jazz venues in Vancouver, and other provinces. His colleagues include the Sharon Minemoto quintet, the Bill Coon Trio and the Brad Turner Trio. He has recorded a Juno nominated CD with Denzal Sinclaire, and in 2007 shared a Pop Vox award for the soundtrack for a video game.

Jesse Cahill – Drums

Jesse Cahill started playing drums at a young age and worked his first professional gigs at 16 in restaurants and clubs in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. In 1993 he moved to Montreal to study music at McGill University, graduating in 1999 with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance (with distinction).

While Jesse’s freelance resume boasts an extensive list of Canadian and international names it is his long term musical collaborations with west coast artists that have resulted in his most notable work. He has appeared on dozens of recordings with western Canadian musicians including Jodi Proznick’s Juno nominated CDs Foundations (2007) and Sun Songs (2018), Cory Weeds’ Juno nominated Up a Step (2012), and Jerrold Dubyk’s WCMA Jazz Album of the Year The Maverick (2008). Jesse has also released three albums with his own group The Nightcrawlers and has been a regular member of rockabilly power trio Cousin Harley for nearly two decades.

Jesse is also a dedicated educator and currently enjoys a busy teaching schedule at The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music in downtown Vancouver.