|A native of the Gatineau Valley, John Geggie has studied with
numerous esteemed teachers in both the orchestral as well as the improvised music fields.
In Ottawa, he worked with David Currie of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and continued
post-graduate studies with Larry Hurst and Bruce Bransby at Indiana University. With the
help of a grant through the Canada Council, John studied with the well-known bassist and
solo artist Gary Peacock whose credits include work with Bill Evans, Albert Ayler and
John is active in the Ottawa-Hull region as a free-lance double bass player and teacher. In addition to his work in the award -winning jazz quartet 'Chelsea Bridge' and the Juno-nominated world beat group 'The Angstones', he is much in-demand for recordings and concerts/broadcasts on both the CBC and Radio-Canada. For several years he has toured and recorded with many artists most notably Chelsea Bridge, Angstones and D.D. Jackson. John may be heard on the fourth recording by Chelsea Bridge, "Bone Dance", which was released this past July on the Unity/Page label, and the latest CD by the Angstones, "Bytown ... It's My Town", on Canal Records. For many years, he has also worked with numerous singer/songwriters including Ian Tamblyn, Lynn Miles, Three Sheets To The Wind and Meg Lunney. He has continued a long standing performing and recording relationship with the Toronto-based pianist and guitarist Justin Haynes and with Ottawa guitarist, Roddy Elias.
John also maintains a busy schedule with an on-going series of concerts and engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the 13 Strings Chamber Orchestra. In Addition to his performing activities, John presently teaches at Queen's University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
More recently, John Geggie has embarked on two interesting duo concepts; he is involved in A Low Glow, with virtuoso baritone saxophonist David Mott, as well as a duo with Toronto-based vocalist Julie Michels. Please check these pages for upcoming concert and recording plans with these wonderful artists.
During the past number of years, John Geggie has begun writing and performing his own compositions for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival as well for the CBC and Radio-Canada. John has also worked with several choreographers in the realisation of music for dance pieces. Since 1996, he has composed and/or performed music for works by Franco-Ontarian dancer Anik Bouvrette; both "Sur un Ciel Obscur" and "entre deux murmures" have been performed as part of the Canada Dance Festival. In the month of June 1998, John composed and performed music for solo double bass as a collaboration with Ottawa choreographer, Yvonne Coutts. Yvonne's work, entitled "Intimate Animus", was performed in the Studio of the National Arts Centre during the Canada Dance Festival.