How to Join 'Jayne's Gang':
The story of the Dinsmore group's formation
By Garry Angus
Want to become more involved in making music?
Got what it takes to 'take the lead'? Even with all the chops at your
disposal, if you're going to have a band, you gotta get people, and
you're only going to get by with help from your friends. Take Jayne
sylvi macCormac (sic) was looking for people with disabilities who would
like to sing or take part in her 'Wheels' project. An advertisement macCormac placed in the Transitions magazine resonated with Jayne, who
had sung her whole life, but never performed live.
After meeting sylvi, Jayne sang on Wheel Three, Spirit Wheels: Journey,
and got involved with
"It was through sylvi that I got to record… and I liked it. She
encouraged me … and I was exploring jazz and Blues, and I got up the
courage to play live," Dinsmore says. " My concern was, "Am I going to
find anybody to play with?"
That concern was soon addressed through Dinsmore's own contacts, and
with some help from sylvi and the VAMS network. As Jayne says, it fell
together really nicely.
Dinsmore's group, Jayne's Gang, consisting of Jayne on vocals, guitarist
Steve Vetter, bassist Russell Sholberg, and Tony Williams on sax, flute
and clarinet, tell their story.
"I drive a Handy-dart," says guitarist Vetter. "Jane was a client from
quite a while ago. We started talking music. She had a little CD she had
already done, and it was exactly what I like, so we started playing and
it was really good."
Sholberg recalls that while attending Simon Fraser University in the
Master of Fine Arts, composition program with sylvi macCormac, he got a
recommendation from sylvi to meet Jane, "And that's what happened."
"I didn't even know that Russell did 'stand-up' bass," recalls Dinsmore.
"We had a practice in my tiny living room and he came walking in with
this big bass and I was so happy! 'Wow, Stand-up bass, how cool!'"
Sax and woodwind player Tony Williams knew Dinsmore's brother, Dan, a
paramedic, from the Justice Institute.
"Dan asked me if I wanted to play with his sister. The first time I saw
the group play was at the Justice Institute. And that was it, we were
hooked," said Tony.
"Tony just came in, heard the songs, and blew all the right notes right
away. We knew we had the right guy, sensitive, good sense of melody,
exactly what we were looking for," recalls Vetter.
When asked "who is the leader of the group", her band mates chuckle
loudly, and quickly affirm that it is Jayne's band. "Jane calls the
shots. She calls the practices, she keeps everybody together," says
"I have the set lists, these are the songs that I want to do," says
"She's a high control freak," jokes sax-man Tony, to the gut laughs of
all at the table.
"Jayne networks with everybody and keeps everybody on a 'long leash',
and it's great! I am glad that she does that!" says Vetter.
The band chuckles under its sandwiches after another good gig.
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