Jazz Generations of Toronto

Fri Nov 10 7:00pm
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For over 40 years, the University of Toronto has been a centre for post-secondary jazz instruction in Canada, starting with the legendary Phil Nimmons' appointment as instructor of Jazz Techniques in 1973. Since its establishment in 1991, the Faculty of Music’s Jazz Performance Program has produced some of the most important names in Canadian jazz – musicians who have made a significant impact on the local, national and international jazz scenes playing with the biggest names in jazz and beyond.

This special Sounds Like Toronto concert, a collaboration between Toronto Downtown Jazz and U of T Jazz, celebrates the past, present and future of jazz in Toronto, with performances by outstanding faculty, alumni and students. Performers include the JUNO-nominated and Montreal Jazz Festival Galaxie Rising Star Award-winning quartet Peripheral Vision; the Carn/Davidson 9, co-led by JUNO nominees Tara Davidson (saxophone) and William Carn (trombone); the highly acclaimed Myriad 3; and the Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet, under the direction of multiple JUNO-Award winners Terry Promane (trombone) and Order of Canada Member Dave Young (bass).

The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet features a who’s who of Canadian jazz musicians assembled for the CD release "Octet Volume One." The Octet embodies what many have called “The Toronto Sound”: well crafted and uniquely voiced arrangements, a distinctly Canadian musical sensibility, impeccable tuning, flawless execution and world-class solos.

Octet co-leader Dave Young is one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports – named to the Order of Canada in 2007. Whether performing as part of a symphony orchestra, as an integral member of an iconic jazz ensemble (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or as the leader of one of his own dynamic units, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo the way Dave can.

Also at the Octet’s helm is Terry Promane: an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University Toronto, the Director of “The Jazz Camp” at the Interprovincial Music Camp (IMC), and a much in-demand freelance trombonist and tubaist. Terry was an original member of The Rob McConnell Tentet and currently appears with numerous Toronto-based groups, ranging from The Mike Murley Septet to the newly formed Davidson/Carn 9 (D/C 9).

The other distinguished members of The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet are Kevin Turcotte (trumpet/flugelhorn), Vern Dorge (alto saxophone), Mike Murley (tenor saxophone), Perry White (baritone saxophone), Gary Williamson (piano) and Terry Clarke (drums).

The Carn Davidson 9 was formed at the beginning of 2011 as a collaborative project between JUNO Award nominated artists, trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson. It is a nine piece, chord-less ensemble that utilizes its seven horns as both melodic and harmonic devices, anchored by bass and drums. This collaborative project is an opportunity for both artists to arrange their own compositions for this chamber jazz instrumentation, shining new perspective on their existing repertoire.

As leaders of their own bands, Carn and Davidson have each released three CDs, all entirely comprised of their original compositions. The Carn Davidson 9 performs compositions from both Carn and Davidson that have been arranged specially for the group’s instrumentation. Carn and Davidson arrange a percentage of the group’s repertoire but they also independently commission the arrangements of outstanding Canadian arrangers such as guitarist Reg Schwager, trombonist Terry Promane, trumpeter Jason Logue and saxophonist Andy Ballantyne. All arrangements feature the unique sound of their group, which is a lineup of prominent Canadian artists who are exceptional ensemble players as well as outstanding soloists.

Tara Davidson - alto & soprano saxophone
David French - tenor saxophone & flute
Perry White - baritone saxophone & bass clarinet
Jason Logue - trumpet & flugelhorn
Brian O'Kane - trumpet & flugelhorn
William Carn - trombone
Terry Promane - bass trombone & tuba
Andrew Downing - bass
Fabio Ragnelli - drums

Myriad is a new piano trio in the Toronto jazz landscape featuring three young musicians/composers who are in demand as sideman and bandleaders in Toronto and across Canada. The band is a collective in the true sense of the word; each band member offers their own pieces to the band repertoire as well as offering their unique voices to the group. Myriad is Chris Donnelly on piano, Dan Fortin on bass and Ernesto Cervini on drums.

Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. The creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy. You can hear the influences of the classic 1960's era of jazz - Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, Charles Mingus - mixed with the modern New York scene - David Binney, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dave Douglas, along with hints of Radiohead, reggae and electronica.

Peripheral Vision has just released their second album, Spectacle: Live!, and they maintain a busy touring schedule to support this new album, as well as their eponymous debut. Scott and Herring are joined by saxophonist Trevor Hogg and drummer Nick Fraser. While the compositions are Herring and Scott's, Peripheral Vision is defined by its group rapport. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960's jazz and garage bands, the music takes shape as a collective process. This no-holds-barred philosophy is at the root of Peripheral Vision's explosive performances.

Angela Turone is a vocalist/pianist who is quickly establishing herself on the Canadian jazz scene. Born and raised in Toronto, Angela sang in choirs and studied classical piano throughout her childhood. As a teenager, she discovered the music of jazz vocalists such as Shirley Horn, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. This inspired her to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, where her teachers included Christine Duncan, Terry Promane and Chase Sanborn. Angela was featured on a 2013 recording from the U of T Jazz Orchestra, singing alongside Juno Award-winning Canadian saxophonist Mike Murley on his composition Minas Mist.

Angela has performed at Toronto's top jazz venues including the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar, and the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto. Her voice, described as 'warm and lush', can be heard clearly in the Angela Turone & Chris Platt Bossa Duo, performing unique interpretations of music written by Brazil's most esteemed composers and lyricists.

Drift to You, Angela's FACTOR-funded debut EP, showcases her vocals and piano playing, as well as her original compositions. The EP is backed by the Angela Turone Quartet, a stellar line up of Canada's young and upcoming talent.

Angela was the recipient of the Jazz.FM91 Mary Alice Stuart Scholarship presented at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in Nathan Phillips Square in 2014. She has performed in the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival Young Artist Series, and as part of the 2016 TD Toronto Jazz Festival in a concert/clinic presented by Chase Sanborn.

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