Always Often delivers a smoking version of jazz with a rootsy fusion of gypsy and Latin undertones. Five accomplished Edmonton-based musicians: Dan McDonald on sax; Zoran Bobic on vocals, trumpet and accordion; Deni Guenette on drums; Ralph Pretz on guitar; Chris Grapel on bass collaborate to bring you big sound that is distinctly fresh, always bold and often brassy. This charismatic band brings a great energy to the stage that is joyfully infectious...
Dan McDonald – Screamin' Sax..
Dan is a native Edmontonian who has been involved in the local music scene for more than 30 years. He was inspired in junior high, participating in stage and concert bands and continued his musical education at the Grant MacEwan music program, majoring on sax and studying voice, composition and piano. In addition, he studied at the University of Alberta Bachelor of Music program. He played with B.B. and The Backslider's for more than 25 years, though he has played, toured and recorded with various bands, including Alberta's famous Johnny V and his House Rockers. He is a soulful sax player in almost any genre and continues to keep busy playing and recording with various Edmonton artists...
Zoran Bobic – Versatile Vocals, Trumpet & Accordian..
Zoran was born in Croatia. From a young age he was interested in various styles including jazz, funk, blues and turbo folk. He has played in a whole variety of bands and countries (Croatia, Germany and Canada). Zoran plays trumpet, piano, accordion, sings and composes original music that emphasizes his own uniquely blended style of loves and influences...
Denis Guenette – Blastin' Drums..
Denis hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He moved to Edmonton as a young boy and shortly after became interested in music. His father bought him a set of drums and he taught himself to play. He has played with several local bands, covering the genres of country, blues, folk, funk, rock and jazz. Deni brings a solid background, great rhythm and a wicked sense of humour to the band...
Ralph Pretz - Lightnin' Guitar..
Ralph has been a slave to his music master for three decades now, trying many times to tame the beast. Past collaborations have been with BoysTown, Blackboard Jungle, The Shroud of Memphis, D. Barr, Borderline, Andrew White and Mark Sterling, Shakin' not Stirred, Pretzel Logic, Crystal Hanson, Gord Mathews Trio, several trios and quartets under his own name and his latest, Always Often. Has hopes of finishing "That pile of music in the back of the shed!" so he can release another album...
Chris Grapel- Bass Boss..
Hailing originally from Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Chris has been in, around or well north of Edmonton since 1994. He started playing bass in 1984 and, after a not brief enough period of heavy metal, started playing rythym and blues and jazz. Chris has played with variety of local bands and musicians in the genres of blues, rock'n'roll, rockabilly, bluegrass, country, jazz and latin fusion. ..
Dan McDonald - Sax..
Deni Guenette - Drums..
Ralph Pretz - Guitar..
Zoran Bobic - Vocals, Trumpet, Accordion..
Chris Grapel- Bass.
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