Chamber Jazz

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)

John Southworth and Andrew Downing

John Southworth is one of Canada’s most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, respected for forging ahead with his own unique brand of music-making, while garnering high praise for his inimitable contribution. His most recent record, Human Cry, was released on Toronto's Barnyard Records and recorded with The South Seas (Andrew Downing, bass; Justin Haynes, guitar; Jean Martin, drums). Human Cry's supremely crafted, elegiac songs offer rare and intimate illuminations, artfully performed with seasoned precision and grace.

The Thing Is

The Thing Is was formed in 2006 by composer and vocalist Tova Kardonne in Toronto, Canada. With the musicians she met in jazz/fusion workshops at the renowned Humber Jazz program, she formed a band around her unique fusion of jazz with the Balkan and South African influences of her childhood. The unique richness of her sound has attracted guest appearances from some of Toronto’s most acclaimed jazz virtuosi, including Bill McBirnie, Dave Restivo, Ted Quinlan, and Jim Vivian.

Hobson's Choice

The Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and Barnyard Records are proud to present: Hobson’s Choice - ‘Of The Waves’ CD release. A follow up to the group’s two independently released EPs, ‘Of The Waves’ is a collaboration between Hobson’s Choice and producer Jean Martin of Barnyard Records. ‘Of The Waves’ is the newest release from the label known internationally for producing some of Toronto’s finest creative music.

Alex Samaras

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America's leading singers in the jazz, experimental and new music idioms.

David Occhipinti

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has four CD’s featuring his own compositions: David Occhipinti (1997) and Syzygy (1999) and Intersection (2003) and Forty Revolutions (2007) which was nominated for a Juno award. David has two duo CD’s with Mike Murley, Duologue (2002), and Duologue Vol. 2 (2005). Their first CD was nominated for a Juno Award.

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