18-year old jazz pianist Quincy Bullen follows in the footsteps of his Juno award winning father, Eddie Bullen. Quincy has become an experienced, adept keyboardist who puts a charming spin on all his performances. Extraordinarily talented, with a great sense of timing, Quincy ‘wows’ audiences across Ontario and the Caribbean. His style is jazz with a funky vibe. His repertoire includes his own version of popular standards from jazz, R&B and soul as well as his original compositions.
One of the hottest young "lions" playing in Toronto today. His vocals and re-workings of standard jazz and current sounds make him someone not to miss. Known primarily as a jazz instrumentalist, more recently Rob Christian has been exploring other musical genres as a singer and songwriter. His own modern urban style has emerged as fusions of jazz, r&b and soul, in addition to his highly respected saxophone playing.
Taylor is a 22-year old saxophone player who recently completed the Jazz Performance Program on saxophone, flute and clarinet at the University of Toronto. Originally from Penticton, BC, Taylor now lives in Toronto.
His first steady gigs of note were with Shirley Horn and Buck Hill. In the 1960’s he toured with Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Harris, and Pharoah Sanders. In 1970 he joined Herbie Hancock’s Sextet, and after that band broke up in 1973 he joined first McCoy Tyner (two years) and then Stan Getz (four). In the 1980’s Hart was a regular with many bands and leaders: Gerry Mulligan, Billy Harper, Clark Terry, The New York Jazz Quartet, the Jazztet, Mingus Dynasty and most extensively with Quest (with David Liebman, Ritchie Beirach, and Ron McClure).
Berklee College of Music in Boston has educated many artists on the forefront of the music industry. So it's appropriate that the college is bringing one of its most enterprising student groups to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. At the Stage Club Jazz CBC/Radio-Canada, Puerto Rican saxophonist Mario Castro leads four of Berklee's best musicians, from spots as far-flung as South Korea, Israel and California.
5x Downbeat & Jazz Journalists Association Rising Star Award Winner: New York’s Jeremy Pelt Quintet: Jeremy Pelt(Trumpet) w/ JD Allen (Sax), Danny Grissett (Piano), Dwayne Burno (Bass) & Gerald Cleaver (Drums).