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Bassist and Singer Brandi Disterheft Finds ‘Gratitude’

A world of invention within straight-ahead jazz

Brandi Disterheft
Brandi Disterheft

Bassist, singer and composer Brandi Disterheft has much to be grateful for-Les McCann, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus-and she makes no secret of those debts to jazz totems on Gratitude (Justin Time), her third album as a leader, released last fall. But the New York-based Vancouver native is most thankful for her late cousin, David Jahns, an ardent supporter of her music who lost his battle with cancer in 2011 at age 30. Gratitude is dedicated to him

“He lived in Edmonton, so he’d drive four hours there and four hours back just to see one of my gigs,” Disterheft says. “He was high spirited, buoyant and super supportive. I wrote ‘Gratitude’ to be grateful for his life. Every time I play the song live, I can feel his spirit and his aura around us.”

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