Richard Monkman

Richard Monkman

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandJazzFolk

An Aboriginal musician with an eclectic blend of jazz, Folk, Blues and pop. Richard has over 20 years experience and recieved 2 nominations at the 2003 Aboriginal Music awards for Best Blues album Best Instrumental album of the year and has 2 solo CD's "Rain"(2003) "Graffiti Logic" (2008).

Biography

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I moved to Edmonton to study Jazz at Grant MacEwan College. I currently reside in Edmonton, Alberta and it is here that I have been fortunate enough to have
performed with and learned from some of Edmontons finest musicians which has enabled me to grow and develope as a musician and human being. Through my studies and related experiences I have been fortunate to have assumed the roles of:
Guitarist
Producer
Songwriter
Bandleader
Teacher
Session musician
Throughout my career I have fronted or performed with various musical groups from jazz quartets to folk duos. I am also currently working on my first practice/study book which I hope to have completed by early 2009. Along with my own projects, I also play in a cover/original rock band called July Which has opened for Bryan Adams, Harlequin, Trooper, Alannah Myles and Lee Aaron to name a few.

"Beyond his eclectic composing style, Monkmans clean, intelligent guitar lines are very appealing whether hes heading into improvised territory or going for tuneful hooks.
Roger Levesque
CKUA Radio Network
The Edmonton Journal

Discography

• “Graffiti Logic” Richard Monkman (2008 independent release)
• “Rain” Richard Monkman (2003 independent release)
• “Patch works” Bissell centre CD (2003 independent inner city project)
• “70 years of Dark-Eyed Junco” (2001 independent release)
• G.M.C.C. 25th Anniversary CD (1995 Edmonton)
• R.B. Russell Homegrown CD (1993 Winnipeg)
• Studio work for Bill Wallaceof the Guess Who (1992 & 1993 Winnipeg)
• Studio work for Ron Chenier of Fist (2002 Edmonton)
• Studio work for Apple Blossom Sounds (1988 Winnipeg)

Set List

Jazz set list 2008/09

SET 1
1) Song for Alex -Richard Monkman
2) Footprints - Wayne Shorter
3) Wind - Richard Monkman
4) All Blues - Miles Davis
5) Alone Together - Deitz & Schwartz
6) Wonderland - Richard Monkman
7) Bright size life - Pat Metheny
8) Afro Blue Miles Davis
9) Change of Heart - Pat Metheny
Set 2
1) May - Richard Monkman
2) Solar - Miles Davis
3) Sunday Night - Richard Monkman
4) Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock
5) Reminisce - Richard Monkman
6) Stolen Moments - Oliver Nelson
7) The Red One - Pat Metheny
8) Nardis - Miles Davis
9) Impressions - John Coltrane

]Set 3
1) Eighty one - M.Davis/R.Carter
2) Change of Heart - Pat Metheny
3) Freddy the freeloader - Mile Davis
4) Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
5) Afternoon in paris - John Lewis
6) She moves she - 4Tet
7) My favourite tings - Richard Rodgers
8) Rain - Richard Monkman

Each set is about 45-60mins in length as the majority of the material is instrumental. I do try to incorporat