Kalabash

Colleen Allen - Saxes, Flute, Clarinet
Gareth Burgess - Steel Pans
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo - Drums
Anthony Pierre - Percussion
Darryl Joseph-Dennie - Keyboards
Andrew Stewart - Electric Bass

Kalabash is a jazz sextet, formed in Toronto in 1993, focused on using the steel pan as a lead
voice in a jazz ensemble and dedicated to experimenting with the layering of rich jazz harmonies
over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean. With the release of the group's first CD in
2001, it’s apparent that the result of this fusion is a scintillating blend of North American and
Caribbean contemporary jazz expression. While there have been individual steel pan jazz
soloists who work in different contexts, Kalabash is unique as a contemporary jazz ensemble
built around the sound of this unique instrument, and focused on performing original material.
The blend of reeds and flute with the steel pans gives the group a special sound that has made
Kalabash a hit with jazz festival audiences.
Live performance highlights over the years include: the Molson Stage, Harbourfront's contribution
to the then du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival, Toronto; the Super Dome, Essence Magazine's
25th Anniversary Music Festival, New Orleans; the Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto; a concert
with famed Jamaican folklorist and jazz pianist, Marjorie Whylie, at The University of Toronto,
Faculty of Music; CD launch concerts at the Pelican Inn and Naparima Bowl in Trinidad and
Tobago; and a CD launch performance at the Berlin Club, Toronto; the opening performance in
the Barbados 2002 Jazz Festival at Sunbury House; also appearances at the Island Club,
Ontario Place in the JazzFM 91 Summer of Jazz series; the PanJazz in de Yard Festival and
Jazz Artists on the Greens 2010 in Trinidad & Tobago. .
More recently Kalabash has appeared at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro and the Pilot Tavern; performed
for the Pan Am Games in Toronto; and in the noon time concert series at the Canadian Opera
Centre, and Cabaret series at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Kalabash has also been featured on TV in a one hour show on BRAVO TV's Jazzman series that
was syndicated and aired extensively on Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz. The
band has also posted two BRAVO videos of its original compositions which can be found on
YouTube using the keyword “Kalabash”.

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