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Deb Rasmussen – CD Release

Monday, June 27th

UNSPOKEN CD release features Deb’s originals and standards with arrangements by Jon Day. Join us on a musical and emotional journey through the parts and types of love we often leave unspoken.

Deb Rasmussen (vocals) and Jon Day (piano) with Jeremy Coates (bass) and Robin Tufts (drums)

UNSPOKEN began in 2019 as a fuzzy idea with a vague end date. In 2020, covid emerged and, suddenly, the world was grounded. My personal world became my house and music room. Soon, my song writing was reawakened. I loved an arrangement of My Best to You that Jon Day had done for me, so we began a remote collaboration that involved my piano, a zoom mic, dropbox and email. Thanks to Jon’s beautiful arranging, my songs came to life. In the fall of 2021, we played them together for the first time and decided to record. Jeremy Coates and Robin Tufts joined us for the recording, bringing their exception skill and sensitivity to it. Join us on a musical and emotional journey through the parts and types of love we often leave unspoken.

Deb Rasmussen is a jazz singer and songwriter. Canadian jazz vocalist and songwriter Deb Rasmussen has been enchanting audiences for 20 years. She’s known for her spacious, playful interpretations of standards, performing her own tunes, and for the way she makes time stand still as she connects heart-to-heart with listeners. An experienced performer and recording artist, Deb sings with a variety of small combos in Calgary, but her talent has taken her to venues across Canada and as far afield as Mongolia and China. Deb has studied with Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordon, Cheryl Fisher, Dee Daniels and Madeline Eastman and performed at the Calgary Jazz Festival “Party in the Park”, the Giant Steppes Jazz Festival in Mongolia, Lolita’s, the Ironwood and other venues around Calgary. Her first CD, “Heart Wide Open” features her own tunes and several well-loved jazz standards. She has also recorded with the ethno-jazz group “Northern Lights – Altai Khangai”, a collaboration of Canadian jazz and Mongolian traditional musicians. Her new CD “Unspoken” features several new originals and some classic standards.


Jon Day is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, and composer. As an accomplished trumpet player, pianist, and educator for two decades, Jon has been a featured artist in a variety of music festivals around the globe, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a variety of world-class musicians. In addition to an impressive performance career, Jon is also a respected leader having conducted and composed for a wide variety of ensembles (symphony orchestra, studio orchestra, theatre orchestra, brass bands, brass quartets, big bands, and jazz ensembles) and vocal groups (choirs, quartets, theatre ensembles, and soloists).

Jeremy Coates is one of Western Canada’s busiest working bass players, with more than fifteen years of performing and teaching experience. Comfortable in the studio, classroom, and concert hall, Jeremy has developed a variety of approaches to jazz improvisation with respect to his instruments, which include acoustic bass, electric 4, 5, 6-string basses, as well as tuba, guitar, and drum set. He has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and has performed at the Montreux jazz festival.

Robin Tufts is a drummer, percussionist and dance accompanist. Robin is very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing and recording with his own Trio Velocity and many other groups. For 20 years, Robin has been the group leader of accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary. In the past five years, Robin has begun a re-exploration of his life-long passion for spontaneous improvisation. This has led to “Music for Soup”, a series of house concerts featuring performances of spontaneous duets with musical guests Keith Smith, Simon Fisk, Raulito Tabera, Peter Clark, Mark DeJong, Bill Horist, Austin Tufts and Jeremy Brown to date. The Music for Soup project has resulted in the release of seven self-produced limited edition CDs.


Monday, June 27th
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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