SPOTIGHT on DAS Trio featuring Sheldon Zandboer
Sheldon Zandboer is Western Canada’s “best kept secret”. He’s been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks. Making a living as a professional musician since 1975 and living in Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver has enabled him to be one of the most experienced and accomplished keyboardist/pianists in Western Canada. He has performed publicly as well as before members of the British Royal Family, dignitaries, Heads of State internationally. Whether it’s playing jazz or in a Broadway show he’s equally comfortable in just about any genre available. His songwriting has extended into the European pop market and has composed music for a film that is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. His new ground breaking jazz-training book “The Tao of Improvisation” adopts eastern philosophy and training techniques, which enables the young professional to reach a higher level of performance and creativity.
Presently Sheldon is a Jazz Faculty Instructor at Mount Royal University and still performs live throughout western Canada.
Andy Ericson is the drummer on the track. Andy has been immersed in the Calgary live music and studio scene, as well as being involved in hundreds of different projects ranging from CD recordings to film soundtracks, commercials and music for live theater shows. Currently he is a teacher and clinician around Alberta and runs his own recording studio, which has recorded Juno nominated albums and has been nominated for top studio in Western Canada. Besides recording, playing and producing in the studio, he is currently working on numerous original CD projects that will be released in the near future.
Dale James is the bassist that is also a native of Calgary. Dale has played with the world’s finest musicians internationally. For the last two decade Dale has resided primarily in Tokyo, Japan working as a musician in that very competitive market. Dale has since returned back home to Calgary to start a new life after the 2011 Tsunami in Japan.