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Confidence Booster inc. presents
A Black History Month Event
On Feb. 9th you will be MOVED by the sound, sights but especially the Spirit during this concert! Come and experience SPIRIT SONGS!
To purchase tickets online or call the Fourth Avenue Baptist Church at 613 236-1804!
The amazing musicians who will bring this music to life are:
ROXANNE GOODMAN is a native of Montreal, who graduated from Concordia University. This trained singer has performed for the Montreal Jazz and Gospel Festivals, tribute to Oliver Jones, The Chateau Laurier, the Brook Street Hotel, The National Art Centre, Canada Day Celebrations and Juno Award ceremonies to name only a few appearances.
Roxanne is a well-known figure in the Ottawa musical community and was awarded the community Engagement Award for her contribution to creating healthy communities through song in 2012.
Roxanne is many things—teacher, musical coach, composer, singer, motivational speaker and author. She has also been the choir director for Big Soul Project for 10 years.
She is a passionate and dedicated facilitator who is committed to empowering people of all ages, while allowing their true voices to emerge and develop.
“I believe that every human being on this earth is here to share their gifts and talents with others. We are here to make this world a better place by fully developing who we are and making our contribution”.
-Roxanne Goodman, The Confidence Booster
Montreal born Marc Decho is a self-taught bassist, composer and educator who is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most diverse and in demand bassists on the Canadian music scene. He has performed/recorded with some of Canada’s finest musicians including Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada Jane Bunnett, Grammy winning bassist/producer Roberto Riveron, Argentinian award winning pianist Gabriel Palatchi, Jeremy Ledbetter, Sarah Thawer, Rafael Zaldivar, Danae Olano, Marito Marques, Michel Medrano, Alexis Baro, Elmer Ferrer, Amado Dedeu Garcia, Reimundo Sosa (Juno winning Battle of Santiago), Roddy Ellias, Miguel Angel De Armas Jr., (2018 Cubadisco Winner), Michael Curtis Hanna (son of legendary Sir Roland Hanna), Jeremy Jordan, Evandro Gracelli, Sivan Arbel, Petr Cancura, Yoel Diaz, Mark Molnar etc., as well as shared the stage with such greats as: Lee Fields, Bernie Worrell, SF Jazz Collective, Ivan Mazuze, Rich Brown, Daymé Arocena, Yissy Garcia y Banda Ancha, Yasek Manzano, Leyanis Valdez (daughter of legendary Chucho Valdez), Alice Russell & more. He has performed at various festivals throughout France, Cuba & Canada.
As a leader and sideman, Marc performs with and leads multiple groups ranging from solo to larger ensembles, most notably he is a longstanding member of the legendary Cuban pianist Miguel De Armas (NG La Banda, Manolito Simonet) and his Latin-Jazz Quartet.
Jane Bunnett mentions Marc as being “one of the best bassists you will find anywhere”.
Michael enjoys the improvisational stylings of Jazz, the freedom of the blues and the spiritual fire of Gospel, cultivated throughout various time of his life.
Michael has performed on various stages in North America, Canada and Japan. With a notable collaboration of first class musicians in Ottawa, Michael has performed as "Michael Hanna and friends" in the Ottawa and Merrick-ville Jazz festivals, in several performances on the NAC 4th Stage, in the Gift of Jazz production at the National Gallery of Art, the Center-Pointe Theater and several private concerts in the National Capital Area.
He can be found on several EP’s including The Right Words to Romance, his own Michael Hanna family and friends and Canadian productions by Pete Foret.
In addition to his singing career, Michael manages RMI Publishing., developed to promote the over 300 compositions of the late Sir Roland Hanna.
Jamie has been an active member in the Ottawa music scene for the past 10 years and is one of the most sought after and busiest drummers in the area. With almost 20 years of experience behind the kit, Jamie has gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience on and off the stage and can be seen regularly working with numerous bands playing jazz, Latin, fusion, funk,Blues, rock, pop, hip-hop and just about everything in between. Jamie’s joy, passion and creativity shine when he sits down on the kit which has allowed him to be currently holding the drum chair for The Prime Rib Big Band, Michael C. Hanna, Beats n’ Keys, HML Trio, The Chocolate Hot Pockets, Thrust, Modasaurus , Destiny, and Horojo (including international blues artist Jw Jones.)
To date, music has taken Jamie all over North America, over to Europe and as far as away as Australia and the South Pacific Islands and his skills have earned him a Juno nomination for best Blues Album in 2015. On top of playing in small combos as well as large ensembles, Jamie is also a very passionate drum set teacher and in 2019, Jamie has plans to release a drumset education book focusing on instilling a strong fundamental base straight from the beginning and will focus on counting/reading, co-ordination, dynamics and timing exercises.
Jamie proudly endorses Dream Cymbals and Gongs and Los Cobos Drumsticks.
John Kofi Dapaah
John Kofi Dapaah is a pianist crossing the boundaries of the classical and jazz world. John has performed in recitals and concerts in Japan, Austria, and throughout Canada. He has played in recital series such as the Ottawa International Chamberfest, Cathedral Arts Series, Jugend am Klavier and L’Oasis Musicale to name a few. John made his orchestral debut with the Gatineau Conservatory Orchestra in a concert playing Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 23. Most recently, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Georgian Bay Symphony. John has also performed for dignitaries such as the former Governor Generals of Canada; Michaëlle Jean and the David Johnston, and numerous Ambassadors to Canada. John’s composed work for string quartet was performed with choreography at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
Music has taken John on a voyage through many parts of the world. It has brought him to reflect on a range of styles including classical, jazz and gospel piano. John began his classical piano studies with Tabuchi Masako in Muroran, Japan; where his father was completing his graduate studies. Upon his family’s relocation to Canada, John continued his studies independently. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor’s in music at Carleton University. At Carleton, he studied with classical pianists Verna Jacobson and Nicole Presentey as well as jazz pianists Steve Boudreau and Mark Ferguson. Dapaah pursued the final year of his undergraduate music studies at the Kunstuniversität Graz in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, he studied with Dr. Eike Straub. In the summer of 2012 John graduated with high honours from Carleton. He then obtained his Master’s at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. At Schulich, he studied with Marina Mdivani, who was a pupil of Emil Gilels. John has played in master classes for Minsoo Sohnn, Kyoko Hashimoto, and Corlenia Herrmann among others.
John currently runs an active studio in Ottawa and concertizes throughout Canada. His debut solo album “Reflections”, was released in February 2018 with works by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Bach/Petri.
Sheril Shaw has been singing from a young age, although her earliest memories of singing are that of her hiding from the stage. However, once in Canada, she discovered her passion for music when her then Church choir director coached her in her first lead solo. She since has had many singing opportunities, which include singing on various media platforms such as radio and television. In the last two years alone Sheril has been blessed to have been able to sing at the Junos, Canada 150th, and the NAC. She has also had the privilege of backing the Arkells, singer Buffy St. Marie, Michele Cousins, Dion Taylor and most recently Diana Ross, but her passion and musical style is gospel.
Where she once ran away from the stage, Sheril now embraces every opportunity to share the gift of music and the chance to encourage others through song. One of her many loves is singing happy birthday to her friends and family. Her aim is to continue to follow the lead of God and walk in her purpose and passion.