William Carn

Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz trombonists and composers. He has performed internationally as well as throughout Canada, and was nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year; he won a 2020 Juno award for Best Jazz Group for his work in the ensemble Turboprop.

As a bandleader, William currently leads several critically acclaimed groups; the William Carn Quintet and Run Stop Run, both featuring some of Canada’s finest musicians. The William Carn Quintet includes Kelly Jefferson, saxophones; David Braid, piano; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Anthony Michelli, drums. The WCQ has toured across Canada and has become an established fixture in the Canadian jazz landscape. Run Stop Run showcases a trombone and guitar frontline along with bass and drums. This exciting group features the talents of Don Scott, guitar; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Ethan Ardelli, drums. RSR’s debut 2012 recording was a collaboration with influential New York saxophonist, David Binney.

William has performed and recorded with jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Mike Murley, Hilario Duran, Andrew Downing, Jim McNeely, and John Clayton.

William enjoys a diverse freelance career in Toronto and is a regular member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival orchestra. Studio and concert engagements have included Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Feist, Sarah Slean, Janelle Monae, Hawksley Workman, Melissa McClelland, Luc Doucet, Emily Haynes, Kathleen Edwards, Royal Wood, Matt Dusk, Jon Secada, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Dionne Taylor, Michael Kaeshammer, Jill Barber, Emile-Claire Barlow, Sophie Millman, Jeff Healy, Colin James. William has also been featured on over 200 commercial recordings as a performer.

Currently William is a member of many ensembles including David Clayton-Thomas, Hilario Duran Big Band, Kieran Overs Eleven, the Bernie Senensky Septet, the Andy Ballantyne Large Ensemble (ABLE), the Paul Read Orchestra (PRO), the Art of Jazz Orchestra.

William is a Rath Trombone Artist as well as a clinician and teacher. William has taught throughout Canada for such distinguished institutions as the University of Victoria, University of Saskatewan, University of Regina, Capilano College, Grant MacEwan College, Mohawk College, as well as for the Toronto, York and Etobicoke boards of Education. He is a regular faculty member of the National Music Camp as well as an instructor for both the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program and Humber College.

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