In the Current Jazz Ensemble

The In the Current Jazz Ensemble is a new group intended to showcase original compositions for a unique configuration of instrumentalists. The ensemble was first formed to perform a suite written by Mike Downes as part of his master’s thesis in composition at York University. The group generated much interest in its mere two public performances. With the help of a Toronto Arts Council grant, Mike recently composed new material and is eager to present the group as a professional entity.

Mike Downes (bass/composer/leader)
Colleen Allen (woodwinds)
Kelly Jefferson (saxes)
Shirantha Beddage (bari sax, bass clarinet, flute)
Jon Challoner (trumpet)
Alastair Kay (trombone)
James MacDonald (French horn)
Jay Burr (tuba)
Brian Dickinson (piano)
Ted Quinlan (guitar)
Mark Kelso (drums)

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