Jazz Guitarist Oliver Gannon has been very active in the Vancouver and Canadian jazz scenes since the early 1970's. He has performed at many of the major jazz festivals in Europe and North America, and has made three concert tours of the former USSR.
He has performed on many jazz records, including four on the Concord label. Not only was he named Guitarist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2002, a duo album, recorded in 1982 with longstanding colleague, the late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson, won the Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for Best Jazz Album.
The son of irish pianist Joe Gannon, Oliver took up guitar at the age of twenty, when, studying Engineering at bla bla bla, his true love of music took over. With twenty bucks in his pocket, and a can of baked beans in his backpack, he set off for the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received his bachelor's degree.
Upon graduation, Oliver headed back to Vancouver, where he established a reputation as being 'the man' to call for studio sessions, and at the same time, was instrumental (pun intended) in founding Pacific Salt, a jazz/rock group comprised of himself on guitar, Ron Johnston on piano, Ian McDougall on trombone, Don Clark on trumpet, Tony Clitheroe on bass, and George Ursan on drums.
In 1975, he teamed up with Fraser MacPherson and the result was a series of highly regarded recordings, broadcasts, and tours including the USSR and Europe. As well at about this time, another great partnership was formed with jazz singer/bassist Pat Hervey (no more Mister Heartache for this girl). Beautiful music and beautiful children followed and the rest, as they say, is history...
That history includes a long list of acclaimed records, concerts, and performances, as well as the inception of PG Music, the brainchild of Oliver's youngest brother Peter. Today, Oliver works fulltime with Peter, while playing select gigs, including opening for the great Oscar Peterson in 2004.
In his spare time, he takes to the water in his yacht, the Summer Wind.