January 29, 2022
Redline Trio brings to life an attitude of a bygone era with a modern perspective.
Since 2016, Redline Trio has been featured weekly at Betty Lou’s Library, an award-winning speakeasy in downtown Calgary. They have presented concerts at the National Music Centre (King Eddy), cSPACE, artsPlace (Canmore) , and the Ironwood stage and grill. They have featured various renowned guest artists, including Juno-winners Brandi Disterheft, Brad Turner and David Braid, New York pianist Steve Hudson, renowned poets Shari-D Wilson and Quincy Troupe, as well as vocalists Allison Lynch, Aimee-Jo Benoit, and Kate Melvina.
In May 2019, with assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Redline Trio recorded their debut cd at the Banff Centre for the Arts featuring guest NY pianist Steve Hudson, garnering two 2020 YYC Music Awards nominations; Best jazz recording and Group of the year. Redline Trio has been featured in the JazzYYC All-Canadian Jazz Festival, Theatre 1308 Bright Side Festival, and has future invitations to perform at Havana Jazz Plaza, and the Medicine Hat and Edmonton International Jazz Festivals.
Drummer Jeff Sulima has taken his musicianship across the ocean, holding down residencies in Europe and Asia. A consummate accompanist, Jeff can deftly shape the turn of a phrase with his nuanced percussive palate, and just as easily light the room on fire with his thundering mallets and driving kick drum.
Bassist Stephen Shepard loves to explore musically. His compelling sound draws in listeners and fellow musicians alike, while his creativity on and off the bandstand gives Redline Trio a foundation of epic yet elastic proportions.
Saxophonist Mark DeJong has travelled around the globe and those experiences inform his reverence for tradition while balancing the adventurousness of a trailblazer. His saxophone wails, roars and cajoles listeners to dive deep.
The Redline Trio are a really important partnership for artsPlace. They are very talented musicians that straddle the line very effectively between tradition and forward thinking. They also consistently bring in high level national and international collaborators, providing an invaluable link to the Calgary, Alberta and national jazz scenes. Our audiences love them and we are very pleased to bring them back on a regular basis.
Jeremy Elbourne Executive Director artsPlace, Canmore
The Redline Trio perform with a great blend of creativity and technical virtuosity! Whether it’s their unique interpretation of jazz standards, or one of their original compositions, the band mesmerizes audiences and brings them along on their musical exploration! This is achieved with simply sax, upright bass, and drums… Stellar!
Rick Climans Host of the Cliff Bungalow Jazz Series Calgary, Alberta
Without doubt one of the most versatile, exciting and homegrown jazz trios in Calgary. Their own music will pluck into your very jazz heart and it will keep you asking for encores. A must see, experience and hear over and over again. It is a joy to see this group perform and interact on stage, their magic is indescribably present in every show. Two thumbs up!
Anam Cara, Facebook fan and Redline Trio follower
I got jimjams when I heard this recording – sweet tingle jazz butterflies flew through my spirit. And then there came a kind of hot seduction – in long slow-quakes. Awake in the cool of it all, I listened, relaxed in the excitement and ready for the next tune to take me. Sheri-D Wilson – Poet Laureate of Calgary 2019 Fantastic jazz trio that can dazzle you with classic standards, pluck a rare Horace Silver tune, or even feature local Calgary compositions. A+, would watch again.
Becky Salamond, Calgary singer