Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Gannon, Oliver, guitarist; b. Dublin, Ireland, 23 March 1943. He lived in Dublin until age 15, then in Winnipeg, Canada for 6 years from 1957-1963. His father, Joe Gannon, was a professional pianist. His mother is Shivaun Gannon. He has two brothers, Bill and Peter, and three sisters, Brenda, Shivon, and Germaine. He is married to Patty Hervey, a professional vocalist and bass player. They have two children, David and Nicole.
He has lived and played in Vancouver since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1969. There, he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree.
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. A duo album recorded in 1982 with long standing colleague, tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson, won the Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for best jazz album.
He currently performs with the following groups: The Oliver Gannon Quartet (with Miles Black, Miles Hill and Blaine Wikjord), The Oliver Gannon/Patty Hervey Quartet (with Al Wold and John Nolan) and The Ian McDougall Sextet. In 2003, Oliver was elected "Jazz Guitarist of the Year" by the Canadian Jazz Awards.
He has performed at the following Jazz Festivals in Europe and North America: Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, 1979; North Sea Jazz Festival, Holland, 1979; Concord Jazz Festival, California, 1981; Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada 1982, 1984, 1995, 1997; Toronto Jazz Festival, Canada 1986, 1989, 1995, 1998; and other Canadian Jazz Festivals. He has made three tours of Russia with the Fraser MacPherson Quartet, 1978, 1984 and 1986.
Three (1976); RIO (1988); Good Stuff (1988); Oliver Gannon and Company (1989); Live at the Cellar (2002)
Fraser MacPherson: Live at the Planetarium (1978), Live from Montreaux (1979), I Didn't Know About You (1982), Indian Summer (1983), Honey and Spice (1987), Encore (1990), In the Tradition (1992), Someday Youll Be Sorry (1996);George Robert Quintet: Tribute (1994); Ed Bickert: The Guitar Mastery of Ed Bickert (1996); Ian McDougall Quartet: The Warmth of the Horn (1996); Ross Taggart & Co. (1998); Various Artists: Jazz Vancouver (1999); Ian McDougall Sextet: Dry With a Twist (1999), Burning the House Down (2001); Donnie Clark Quintet: To Swing or not to Swing (2002)