Summer 2015


Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

So I’ve missed a couple Saturdays, big deal. Let’s catch up.

First of all, my trio (w/ Miles Black & Joe Poole) is playing Pyatt Hall this Wednesday, June 24th. It’s a double bill with Jaclyn Guillou (had to check that spelling exactly 5 times) and it promises to be a fun evening in a stunning venue. You can purchase tickets here.

Next up, I won a LEO AWARD last weekend for Best Musical Score for a Short Drama so you must refer to now as “Leo Award Winner James Danderfer“… I don’t make the rules folks, that’s just the way it is.

That short drama was of course… Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story which picked 10 LEO AWARD NOMINATIONS and 2 more awards for the stunning and talented Shauna Johannesen (Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama AND Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama). I can’t mention these awards without thanking ALL the cast, crew, and musicians who put so much heart and joy into this movie; it was such a pleasure to work with you all. And of course, thanks to Nancy, the young woman who sublet my Montreal apartment for the Summer of 2010 and in turn left me to deal with a severe bed bugs infestation. Couldn’t have done it without ya Nancy!

Moving on.

A few months ago, I had the pleasure to help organize a fundraiser for the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Scholarship Fund which also celebrated the 40th anniversary of Fraser’s famously fantastic “Live at the Planetarium” album. Along with helping to organize it, I also got to play on stage with legendary guitarist Oliver Gannon on the planetarium stage where the record was recorded! Such an honour.

And finally, on a related note. My record label will officially be reissuing the “Live at the Planetarium” album later this month. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading and have a great week. Check back soon! jd