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Planet Music is comprised of some of Salt Spring Island's finest musicians. Each of the players have an extensive background as educators, performers or studio musicians. Their mostly original repetoire is a slick combination of jazz, latin, funk and blues idioms culled from the collective experience of the members. The “groove” or feel of the music is usually the starting point for each tune and is deftly established by the rhythm section consisting of drummer Dan Leavers, bassist Bob Delion and guitarist Greg Esposito working as a single, powerful entity. Like a tasty recipe, the counter rhythms are added by Laurent Boucher, percussionist extraordinaire. Once this mix is bubbling to the musicians' satisfaction, Esposito and saxophonist Dave Rowse are free to set up the melody or “head” of each piece. There is always room, in the jazz tradition, for a few rounds of improvisation or solos from all of the players. This is when the band really cooks!
For over eight years now this group has impressed tourists from around the world who visit Salt Spring every summer. They are also popular with the local population of this magic island and perform several times in the off-season at local venues.
Planet Music is an instrumental group which has played at the Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival, the Parkesville Jazz Festival as well as several performances in the past five years at the Salt Spring Island Jazz Festival. This year (2011) the band will be playing at the Victoria International Jazz Festival on June 26, 4:15 pm at the Centennial Square Stage. Because of the busy personal schedules of the players, it has been difficult to present this polished band to the outside or “off-island” world until now. With a renewed commitment to the music we've been creating and plans for a new CD in the works, Planet Music looks forward to performing in other parts of this beautiful province, this country or anywhere in the world!