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Canadian Jazz Quartet
The all-star CANADIAN JAZZ QUARTET
FRANK WRIGHT (vibes)
TED QUINLAN (guitar)
DUNCAN HOPKINS (bass)
DON VICKERY (drums)
Vibraphonist FRANK WRIGHT has been an important part of the Toronto jazz scene since the 1950s when he was a regular performer on the 'after hours' club circuit. During its existence, he appeared regularly at Toronto's Bourbon Street with clarinetist Henry Cuesta, and toured with him to California jazz festivals in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Sacramento. He was a frequent performer with The Garden Avenue Seven in Florida and on tour across the U.S. In the mid 1980s he formed a quartet with well-known drummer Archie Alleyne and together, they were often featured at the famous George's Spaghetti House. He has worked with celebrated jazz names including Joe Williams, Norman Amadio, Jim Galloway, Rob McConnell, and Peter Appleyard, and even played for HRH Prince Philip in a private performance during a Toronto visit. Wright's own trios and quartets have appeared often at major Canadian jazz festivals over the past many years. He is a featured soloist in the Bob DeAngelis Champagne Symphony during their internationally-renowned Benny Goodman Tribute concerts including their 2008 Carnegie Hall triumph. In 2006, Frank Wright was nominated as "Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year" during the National Jazz Awards.
Guitarist TED QUINLAN is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.
DUNCAN HOPKINS has established himself as a respected bassist, composer, arranger and jazz educator internationally, touring extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil, and the United States, and living and working in the U.K. for extended periods. He studied with Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he also met and studied with Red Mitchell and Kenny Wheeler, later studying bass and composition with Dave Holland in New York. He is currently a visiting professor of jazz studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Hopkins has played as a sideman for a wide variety of artists including Diana Krall, Mark Murphy, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lester Bowie, Scott Hamilton, Sam Rivers, and arrangers Robert Farnon and Ralph Carmichael. He was a member of Rob McConnell's 'The Boss Brass' for four years, and can be heard on more than 40 albums, as well as numerous CBC, BBC, and NPR recordings. In 1999, Duncan Hopkins was awarded the Montreal International Jazz Festival's 'Prix de Jazz du Maurier' (with the Chris Mitchell Quintet). He is a Juno Award nominee for his "Secret" CD, and in 2006 was nominated as the National Jazz Awards' "Bassist of the Year".
Drummer DON VICKERY relocated to Toronto from Halifax in 1959, and has been a vital part of the jazz scene there ever since. An honors graduate of the famed Oscar Peterson School of Music, Don has played on recordings, on radio and television shows, touring, and in live performance in hundreds of venues from clubs to concert halls with the world's leading jazz artists, entertainers, and big bands including Ralph Sutton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Benny Carter, Joe Williams, Jay McShann, Buddy DeFranco, Peter Appleyard, The World's Greatest Jazz Band, Art Farmer, Doc Cheatham, Zoot Sims, Doug Riley, Ed Bickert, Dave McMurdo, Red Norvo, Joe Venuti, Jack Sheldon, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Della Reese, Fraser MacPherson, Norman Amadio, Jim Galloway, Rob McConnell, Buddy Tate, Moe Koffman, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Tony Bennett, and Mel Torme. Don Vickery has been a member of the Jazz Studies Faculty at Humber College since 1974. He is currently a long-time member of the Jim Galloway Wee Big Band, the Canadian Jazz Quartet, The Spitfire Band, the Norman Amadio Trio, and Jim Galloway's "Echoes of Swing" Sextet. He has been Music Director at Quotes Bar & Grill in downtown Toronto since the establishment of a jazz policy there in 2006.