Guests invited to a jazz gala in the gardens of the residence of Canada’s Ambassador to Chile, Ms. Sarah Fountain Smith, enjoyed the music of internationally renowned Canadian artists from the Dave Young Quartet, during their recent tour to Chile.
This outdoor concert was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Scotiabank and Air Canada, and allowed the Embassy and sponsors to invite business people, government, military and diplomatic representatives, who celebrated the talents of the musicians. In particular, the public enjoyed their tribute to the unforgettable Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson — with whom Dave Young played for over 25 years — through songs like "When Summer Comes" and "Old Friends". Their adaptations of jazz legends like Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie were also admired by the enthusiastic crowd.
"Listening to these skilled musicians on a beautiful summer evening in Santiago is a great pleasure and a privilege. I am glad that the Canadian government, with the support of Canadian companies, was able to support their tour to Chile," said Chilean jazz critic José Hossiason. These Canadian musicians have been awarded several Junos and National Jazz Awards in the past.
Ambassador Sarah Fountain Smith explained that this activity strengthened the links between the two countries and demonstrates the friendship between Canada and Chile, particularly because the quartet was composed not only of Canadian artists bassist Dave Young, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, and pianist Robi Botos, but also of special guest Chilean drummer Alejandro Espinosa.
During this tour in Chile, the group performed at the prestigious Providencia International Jazz Festival in Santiago and in the cities of Viña del Mar and Punta Arenas. With the support of the company Barrick Gold, the Dave Young Quartet performed three additional concerts in the cities of Vallenar, Copiapó and Antofagasta, which had to be cancelled in 2010, due to the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile in February 2010.
Since 1998, several Canadian jazz musicians have toured Chile - and sometimes also Argentina – thanks to the support of Canadian companies. These tours have helped showcase the excellence and diversity of the Canadian music scene with the other extreme of the hemisphere.