Reigning Parade

Reissue of FRASER MACPHERSON TRIO’s “Live at the Planetarium” album now available online!

April 15, 2015


This has been in the works for a loooong time but we are proud to say that the iconic Fraser MacPherson album “Live at the Planetarium” is now available digitally via Reigning Parade!

It’s been remixed.

It’s been remastered.

It sounds amazing.

And last but not least… this reissue includes TWO bonus tracks from that night which have never before heard before. Even better, these bonus tracks are excellent! more…


November 2, 2012

Very excited to announce Reigning Parade‘s sophomore release will feature James Danderfer‘s big, bad, heavy-hitting, funky and powerful,… THE HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE. I’ve been listening to this album come together over the last 6 months and I can tell you IT IS ROCKIN!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this group, it can be described as more… reviews ‘Swingin’ at the Patricia’

May 21, 2012

Thank heavens! A review of the ‘Swingin’ at the Patricia’ has been delivered at last! And what’s more?… they really liked it!

Reigning Parade
loves to see favourable reviews of our releases, but it means that much more to us when the reviewer seems to have listened to the release a few times and really “gets” the feeling that we hoped the music would project.

Review can be found here.

Thanks to Greg Victor at for taking the time.


May 9, 2012

Couple new videos online of the THE HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE‘s show at Pat’s Pub a couple weeks ago. Check them out on our video page HERE or through YouTube here and here. Enjoy!

Reigning Parade Recording #2 Scheduled with the HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE

May 2, 2012

THIS JUST IN… The second recording for Reigning Parade will take place June 11, 2012 and it will feature Vancouver band THE HUMMINGBIRD BRIGADE.

Featuring original songs by the leader, James Danderfer (pictured above), this powerful 11-piece band combines modern jazz, funk and New Orleans brass band music (including group singing) “in the best way possible.” The music is more…

Reigning Parade short film #1 … Swingin’ at the Patricia

March 29, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is, the first Reigning Parade video to accompany the first Reigning Parade music release!

Why is this necessary you ask?

It’s not.

The music speaks for itself just fine, but part of our mission is using media to offer listeners a window into the world of the artist and into their inspiration. This desire comes from the simple premise that the more you know about something, the more you appreciate it. Whether it’s food, wine, music or drywalling,… the more you understand it, the deeper your experience. (Ok, maybe not drywalling. But you get the idea) more…

Cory Weeds talks about the record label biz.

March 20, 2012

Welcome to another edition of the Reigning Parade blog!

Here to talk about the future of the indie jazz record label business is club-owner/record-label-owner/promoter/saxophonist Cory Weeds.

Interview begins… NOW

RP: Welcome Weeds! First question is multiple choice. How do you feel about the arrival of Reigning Parade on the scene? a.) threatened or b.) extremely threatened?

CW: Oh come on man! Neither. Option c.) excited!

RP: Is the CD going to die?

CW: Yes.

RP: When? Tell us when!

CW: As soon as the generation of people age 50 and above stop buying them. Our generation can at least grasp the MP3 concept, my Dad’s generation can’t really. As far as mass consumption goes, the CD was done more…

1 Record In the Can… So Far So Good!

March 10, 2012

Canada’s newest record label Reigning Parade is well under foot. The CD release party went down last night with The James Danderfer Trio performing music from the album Swingin’ at the Patricia in Vancouver’s historic Pat’s Pub. Music was played, people danced, and an important part of Vancouver’s cultural history was brought back to life.

What history? you ask…

For the complete story you can watch Reigning Parade’s first short film here explaining the story and more…

1st album “Swingin’ at the Patricia” available MARCH 9 everywhere… online that is.

March 4, 2012

REIGNING PARADE’s first album is almost here. We’re kicking things off in a classic jazz bent with The James Danderfer Trio album “Swingin’ at the Patricia.” James’ trio, with Miles Black (piano) and Joe Poole (drums) offers a fresh take on a style/instrumentation made famous by the Jelly Roll Morton trio as well as the Benny Goodman trio.

For those of you not from Vancouver, the “Patricia” is a historic hotel that housed the genius (and possibly the outright creator) of jazz music, Jelly Roll Morton, from 1919-1921. James’ trio pays tribute to this little part of Vancouver’s history and the resulting album is fun and beautiful.

The release party will be held…



Click here to listen to a few tracks of the new album. Click here to see some videos of the trio.

See you there!

Welcome to the beginning…

November 30, 2011

Hello, my name is James Danderfer, and I am proud to present REIGNING PARADE, Canada’s newest record label (well, newest at the time of this writing anyways).

The impetus behind this new label was to release a wide variety of my own musical projects under one umbrella, and more importantly, to release them the way I want to. To find out what that means, you’ll have to wait just 2 short months as releases will begin this February, 2012 starting with my Jelly Roll Morton inspired trio project, and followed by my electroacoustic project: Quiet Hammer

More than ever, the music world is an ever-changing landscape. At the same time, my musical path continues to evolve. Basically, what I’m saying is… I’m not sure yet what form Reigning Parade will take as time passes and I try out some ideas I’ve had for a looong time. At the core of it, I know what I/we produce will be entertaining, informative, and above all, inspired.

For now, the best way to stay tuned to what we’re doing is to follow us on facebook, here.

Thanks for your interest. JD