- Ginny Simonds – Piano
- Betty Ann Bryanton – Vocals
- Pete Wood – Saxophone
- Howard Tweddle — Bass
- Lu Frattaroli – percussion
As a song pebble drops into the water, the sunbeams dance and ripples move gently outward.
Ripple Effect features the Ginny Simonds Quintet who will perform selected compositions from Canadian jazz pianist, Joe Sealy, and his Juno award winning album Africville Suite. Also performed will be songs from several genres, drawing inspiration from the lyric or the mood or the groove, transforming the initial pebble into its own jazz variation.
May the ripple effect from this music carry you outward with reflective peace and joy.
Ginny Simonds – keyboard Ginny has emerged as a fine pianist/arranger around Ottawa. She has created ambitious ensemble projects and accompanies some of Ottawa’s finest singers. At the core, Ginny is an elegant pianist who honours the melodies at the heart of each song and solo she performs. With gracious forays into latin rhythms, her playing is a delight and her repertoire is everevolving.
Betty Ann Bryanton – vocals Betty Ann has her roots in classical performing, but about 10 years ago she happened upon jazz and the Ottawa jazz scene has been the happy recipient of her talent ever since. Her clear, beautiful, deeply emotive voice and meaningful interpretations of the stories told through jazz standards easily win the hearts of her audience. Betty Ann performs regularly in Ottawa in a variety of jazz combos and has been invited to both the Merrickville and Buckingham jazz festivals.
Pete Woods – saxophones An active gigging musician on the Ottawa music scene, Peter plays saxophone with a wide variety of musical collaborators, including a fifteen-plus year musical relationship with Canadian jazz legend Brian Browne. He has been a key member of jazz and rock ensembles, including ESP, The Saints’N’Sinners, and The Trinity Ensemble. He and James McGowan (Carleton University) founded EvenSong, crossing genres with an open sensitivity to spiritual resonance and energy. With a love of melody and phrasing at the heart of his musical offerings, Peter’s performances inspire and delight audiences.
Howard Tweddle – basses Born in the UK and classically trained on piano and guitar, Howard recorded in the seventies on the EMI label as bass player with UK rock bands. After moving to Canada, he migrated to the double bass and became a prolific contributor to the local jazz scene. Howard brings a deep rhythmic groove and imaginative lines to his music that enhance any band, across genres, lucky enough to include him.
Lu Frattaroli – percussion In the 70s Lu began to play drums, touching on classical, rudimental, and jazz styles. After early experiences in progressive rock and jazz fusion drumming, his style was strongly influenced by Jack DeJohnette. In 1983 Lu was exposed to Indian Classical tabla music that opened a new spirit and approach to his music. He has incorporated these profound experiences to bring a heightened sensitivity into all aspects of playing the drums and percussion. What emerges for his fortunate band members and listeners is an exciting, inventive, and sensitive musical experience.