Our 35th Year, Issue 4 – September /October 2007Jackson Green Project withspecial guest Al Fosterappear at the Yardbird onSeptember 29®• William Carn Quintet• Simon Fisk Trio• Tom King Quintet• Jackson Green Project withspecial guest Al Foster• Nova Quartet• Johnny Summers -Tribute to Chet Baker• Steve Swell -Slammin’ the Infinite• George McFetridge Trio• Amada Tosoff Quartet• Morgan Childs Quintet• David Occhipinti Quartet• The Rubim de ToledoJazz Quintet• Hebcubus Trio• Andy Milne• Jack de Keyzer GroupPublication Mail # 40047729EDMONTON JAZZ SOCIETY11 TOMMY BANKS WAY(Corner of 102 St & 86 Ave)EDMONTON AB T6E 2M2
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YARDBIRDSUITE • EVENTS • YARDBIRDSUITEDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pm unless otherwise stated3FRIDAY • SEPT 21William Carn QuintetFrom TorontoWilliam Carn - tromboneKelly Jefferson - saxophoneDavid Braid - pianoJon Maharaj - bassAnthony Michelli - drumsSATURDAY • SEPT 22Simon Fisk TrioFrom Calgary/vancouver/HalifaxChris Gestrin - pianoSimon Fisk - bassJerry Granelli - drums“music of beauty, depth and deep feel.”Budd Kopman, Jazz Improv MagazineMEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18MEMBERS $12 • GUESTS $16FRIDAY • SEPT 28Tom King QuintetFrom EdmontonTom King - pianoAndy King - trumpetJerrold Dubyk - tenor saxJeff Johnson - bassJamie Cooper - drumsSATURDAY • SEPT 29Jackson Green Projectwith special guest Al FosterFrom New YorkBenny Green - pianoJavon Jackson - saxophoneCorcoran Holt - bassAl Foster - drumsMEMBERS $10 • GUESTS $14MEMBERS $26 • GUESTS $30FRIDAY • OCT 5Nova QuartetFrom MontrealJeff Richardi - saxophoneDavid Goulet - guitarNicholas Bedard - bassAndrew Miller - drumsSATURDAY • OCT 6Johnny Summers -Tribute to Chet BakerFrom CalgaryJohnny Summers - vocals,trumpetEgor Ukoloff - pianoKodi Hutchinson - bassJon May - drumsMEMBERS $12 • GUESTS $16MEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18
4YARDBIRDSUITE • EVENTS • YARDBIRDSUITEDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pm unless otherwise statedFRIDAY • OCT 12Steve Swell -Slammin’ the InfiniteFrom New YorkSteve Swell - tromboneSabir Mateen - reedsMatt Heyner - bassMichael Wimberly - drumsSATURDAY • OCT 13George McFetridge TrioFrom Vancouver/CalgaryGeorge McFetridge - pianoJohn Gray - bassJonathan May - drumsMEMBERS $20 • GUESTS $24MEMBERS $12 • GUESTS $16FRIDAY • OCT 19Amanda TosoffQuartetFrom VancouverEvan Arntzen - saxophoneAmanda Tosoff - pianoSean Cronin - bassMorgan Childs - drumsMorgan Childs QuintetPlays Max RoachFrom VancouverEvan Arntzen - saxophoneChris Davis - trumpetAmanda Tosoff - pianoSean Cronin - bassMorgan Childs - drumsMEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18SATURDAY • OCT 20David OcchipintiQuartetFrom TorontoDavid Occhipinti - guitarKevin Turcotte - trumpetAndrew Downing - bassTerry Clarke - drums“David Occhipinti probably couldn’t ask for a bettershowcase than his eponymously titled debut...a postmodern acoustic date that thrives on theguitarist’s memorable, contemporary-sounding tunes...while recalling the impressionistic, delicate beauty ofOcchipinti’s hero, Jim Hall.”JazzIz magazineFRIDAY • OCT 26the Rubim de ToledoJazz QuintetFrom Calgary/EdmontonRubim de Toledo - bassBob Tildesley - trumpetJim Brenan - saxophoneChris Andrew - pianoTyler Hornby - drumsMEMBERS $12 • GUESTS $16MEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18
YARDBIRDSUITE • EVENTS • YARDBIRDSUITEDoors at 8pm, Show at 9pm unless otherwise stated5SATURDAY • OCT 27Hecubus TrioFrom EdmontonAndy MilneFrom PennsylvaniaMo Lefever - guitarMike Lent - bassJohn Newton - drumsAndy Milne - solo pianoMEMBERS $14 • GUESTS $18TICKETSADVANCETICKETS • TICKETMASTER.CA• FOR MORE INFO •YARDBIRDSUITE.COMFRI/SAT • NOV 2/3Jack de Keyzer GroupYARDBIRD SUITE BLUES - From TorontoJack de Keyzer - guitar, vocalsDave Babcock - tenor saxophoneDoug Organ - Hammond B3 organ, pianoSandro Dominelli - drums“De Keyzer displays the mastery of straight-ahead blues, funkand soul that has earned him a reputation as one of the bestmusicians in this country.”Cam Hayden, Vue Weekly“One of the premiere guitarists in Canada”Nick Krewen, Hamilton SpectatorMEMBERS $18 • GUESTS $22
6SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSWilliam Carn Quintetwww.williamcarn.comLed by Juno-nominated trombonist/composer William Carn, the quintetincludes some of the most creativemusicians in Canada. This quintet wasformed to play the leader’s originalmaterial. From the swinging andswaggering to the lyrical and introspective,the WCQ always brings sensitivity to theirperformances. In 2007 their debut CD,Other Stories, was nominated for a JunoAward as Traditional Jazz Album of theYear. The group is poised to release theirfollow up disc, Lessons Learned. This newalbum continues the indicative modernsound that has become a hallmark of theWilliam Carn Quintet.Individually, each band member bringsyears of experience and knowledge tothis ensemble. The leader William Carnis one of Canada’s leading young jazztrombonists. He has performed withrenowned musicians such as MikeMurley, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso,Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, and DavidBinney. Saxophonist Kelly Jefferson hasquickly risen to the top ranks amongCanada’s jazz elite. His performing andrecording credits include Maria Schneider,Brian Blade, and Renee Rosnes. DavidBraid is known for his unique voice onthe piano. A bandleader himself, he hasperformed with some of the very bestincluding Randy Brecker, Pat LaBarbera,and Neil Swainson. Anthony Michelli isone of the busiest sidemen around andis in demand not only in Canada but alsoplays frequently around the world. Hiscredits include Tim Ries, Ingrid Jensen,and Martin Speake.Morgan Childs QuintetMorgan, at the ripe old age of 24,has gained a reputation as one of themost exciting young drummers on theCanadian jazz scene. In recent yearshe has traveled throughout Canada andthe US extensively as a leader, sidemanand clinician. Morgan’s comprehensiveknowledge of the jazz tradition, versatility,and open attitude has allowed him to workwith some of Canada’s finest musicians,including Brad Turner, Mike Murley,Campbell Ryga, Phil Dwyer and Laila Biali.Jack de Keyzerwww.jackdekeyzer.comJack de Keyzer is a Juno and multipleMaple Blues award winning blues guitarist,singer-songwriter and producer. Born inLondon, England, de Keyzer’s professionalcareer has spanned 32 years. He has ledhis own band since 1985 and has released6 CDs as a leader, and one DVD, SilverBlues (Blue Star, 2005). He has worked asa session guitarist for many artists includingEtta James, Otis Rush, John HammondJr., Robert Gordon, Bo Diddley, Willy “BigEyes” Smith and Blue Rodeo.An exciting entertainer, soulful singer andelectrifying guitarist, Jack de Keyzer delightsmusic lovers wherever he performs. He hasa brand new CD just out on a major labelentitled Blues Thing (Fontana/Universal,2007). It features 14 new tunes performedin several styles: blues (Chicago and westcoast styles), R&B (Motown and Stax), funkand soul jazz.He has been an avid jazz fan his entirelife and has been studying the music ofguitarists Grant Green, in particular, andKenny Burrell, as well as that of bluesguitarists such as Albert King, B.B. Kingand Jimi Hendrix. Jack de Keyzer will beperforming in a quartet with Doug Organon Hammond B3 and piano, Dave Babcock
SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOS7on tenor saxophone and Sandro Dominellion drums. The Edmonton combo is verywell schooled in the soul jazz idiom andthe Yardbird shows will lean to that style.the Rubim de ToledoJazz Quintetwww.rubim.comRubim de Toledo is best known as bassistfor the Latin-Jazz group Bomba and asfounder of the Jazz Improv collectivereClaim.Rubim began his professional career at17 playing in Clarence ‘Big’ Miller’s groupuntil Miller’s death in 1992. Afterwards,Rubim performed with other Albertanbandleaders such as Tommy Banks andPJ Perry. Rubim is now leading his owngroups and is an in-demand sideman. Inthe past 3 years Rubim has released 4recordings as leader and has appeared onmore than 20 others.In 2006 he traveled to Seoul, Korea toperform at their internationally renownedTancheon festival, recorded in Sao Paulo,Brazil and was privileged to headline theSeattle Brazilfest with his Brazilian-JazzQuintet.Rubim has worked with Calgary’sDecidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD)extensively since 2004. His involvementwith DJD began as bassist for their Bullaproduction with which he performed atthe Havana International Jazz Festival. In2006 he went on to be musical directorfor their ‘In Charcoal and Crimson’production and also worked as composerand audio producer for root 7 and bassistfor Magnetic Consequences. He is nowpreparing for another term as composerand musical director of their upcomingspring production entitled Tinge and Tone.of Jazz music. This ‘All-Star’ Albertangroup features the top Jazz musiciansin Alberta performing an evening ofRubim’s original music touching onPost-Bop Swing, New Orleans styles,Jazz-Samba and Afro-Cuban Jazz. Withhis new music, Rubim has composedand arranged material tailored for thisgroup of talented musicians. With densegroup arrangements based around soloimprovisation, this music features Rubimand his band mates at their best andwith the freedom to explore in true Jazzfashion.Simon Fisk Triowww.simonfisk.comwww.jerrygranelli.comInspired by the trios led by Keith Jarrett,Paul Bley, and early Bill Evans, this bassled group released two CD’s to greatacclaim. ‘Trainwrecks’ was released in2002, featuring largely original materialexcept for the classic standard ‘I fall inlove too easily’, and a Paul Bley track,‘Bigfoot’. The CD garnered a lot ofattention with media and radio, sitting onthe top ten jazz charts in Canada, and wasnominated for a Western Canadian MusicAward for outstanding Jazz recording in2003. The second disc released in 2005continued along a growing path with alloriginal material and with a strong songwriting sensibility in the compositions.‘Intent’ once again caught the attentionradio programmers and the press, thesingle ‘A better Day’ was released witha video airing on BRAVO, and the Videowas nominated for two Leo awards, Bestvideo, and Best Director.The Simon Fisk Trio has recorded for CBCradio numerous times, and their musiccan be heard on Jazz radio throughout theworld.With his new Quintet, Rubim takesa modern approach to the traditions
8SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSHecubus Triowww.molefever.comHecubus formed in 2005 in order toexplore improvised music with a focus onmodern reinterpretations of standard jazzrepertoire. Group infuses tunes old andnew with elements of electronica, funk,dub, and any other styles as the spiritmoves.Guitarist Mo was originally inspired toexplore the jazz genre when the venerableTommy Banks paid a visit to her highschool in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Oncepointed in this direction there was noturning back. Mo’s early influences rangedfrom Jimi Hendrix to Chet Atkins. Afterhigh school Mo continued her musicaltraining at Grant MacEwan College, whereshe studied jazz and gained technicalcompetence. She was particularly inspiredby some of the great musical pioneersof the seventies including Joe Zawinul,Weather Report, Roland Kirk, AntonioCarlos Jobim, Pat Metheny and StevieWonder. Current favourites include thelikes of Prince, David Fiuczynski, andalways evolving Medeski, Martin andWood.Her primary focus of late however isrefining her own take on the jazz/funkfusion. Her newly released CD includeseverything from tasty arrangements ofclassics that Mo has truly made her own,to some fresh and saucy original tunes.The common thread on this CD is Mo’sunderstated improvisations that flowseamlessly between genres and moods.John Newton is an Edmonton basedplayer, clinician and teacher. He hasplayed with Creative OpportunityOrchestra North (CO2 North), MelbaApartment Quartet, Cone of Silence, KingMuskafa, Mike MacDonald, Bob Kemmis,Don Berner, Wafer Thin Mint, Shucker, andmany others. His current interests includeblending acoustic and electronic drumsounds, as well as Arabic and East Indiandrum studies.Mike Lent will be filling in for Hecubus’regular bass player Thom Golub.Jackson Green Projectwith special guest Al Fosterwww.bennygreenmusic.comwww.javonjackson.comBorn in New York in 1963, Benny Greengrew up in Berkeley, California, and beganclassical piano studies at the age ofseven. Influenced by his father, a tenorsaxophonist, his attention soon turned intojazz.As a teenager he worked with EddieHenderson, and got some big bandexperience with a 12-piece group led byChuck Israels. After his graduation, Bennyfreelanced around the Bay area for a year,and then moved to New York in the springof 1982. After a short stint with BobbyWatson, Green worked with Betty Carterbetween 1983 and 1987, the year he joinedArt Blakey’s band. He remained a JazzMessenger through late 1989, at whichpoint he began working with FreddieHubbard’s quintet.In 1993 Oscar Peterson chose Benny asthe first recipient of the City of Toronto’sGlenn Gould International Protégé Prizein Music. That year, Green replaced GeneHarris in Ray Brown’s Trio, working withthe veteran bass player until 1997. From1997 on, Benny resumed his freelancecareer, led his own trios, and concentratedon his solo piano performances.His recording career, which includes overone hundred sessions, is very impressive:amongst many others, he has recorded asa sideman with Betty Carter, Art Blakey &the Jazz Messengers, Freddie Hubbard,Bobby Watson, Milt Jackson, Diana Kralland Ray Brown.
SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOS9As a leader of his own groups, Benny’srecording career began with two albumsfor the Dutch label Criss Cross: Prelude(1988) and In This Direction (1989). In 1990Green started recording for Blue Note:Lineage (1990), Greens (1991), Testifiyin’(1992), That’s Right! (1993), The Place ToBe (1994), Kaleidoscope (1997) and TheseAre Soulful Days (1999). He has alsorecorded for Toshiba- Funky (1997) - andfor Telarc with Oscar Peterson- Oscar &Benny (1997).In 2000, his debut recording on Telarc Jazzentitled Naturally was released, whichfeatured bassist Christian McBride andguitarist Russell Malone, musicians whohave both inspired and challenged himto explore new territory. With the 2002release of Green’s Blues, Benny returnedto his roots and updated the tradition withan exciting solo collection of jazz standardsby Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, ErrollGarner and George Gershwin, amongothers, with his highly personal style.A perpetual student of the history of Jazzpiano, Benny Green mentions Art Tatum,Erroll Garner, Hank Jones, Ahmad Jamal,Phineas Newborn, Bud Powell and OscarPeterson as some of his main influences.His approach to Jazz can be resumed inhis own words: ‘... for myself and a lot ofmusicians I admire, the main focus is tojust swing and have fun, and share thosefeelings with the audience ... and, if I’mable to convey that, then I feel like I’mdoing something positive’.Javon Jackson was born in Carthage,Missouri and raised in Denver, Colorado.Music captivated the young Javon whowas exposed to some of the greatestmusicians in jazz through his parents’record collection.As he matured, Javon soon becamecaptivated by the work of Sonny Stitt. Likeso many other horn players today, Stitt’smusic inspired Javon to pick up his firstsaxophone, an alto, at a young age. Moremusical discoveries followed: Rollins,Henderson, Coltrane. The work of theselegends eventually led Javon to favor thetenor. Honing his craft, Jackson beganworking professionally in local jazz clubsat age 16, playing with former Max RoachQuintet pianist Billy Wallace. After sitting inone night at a New York City club with thelegendary Blakey’s Messengers, Javon’sskill on the tenor earned him an invitationto join the group. Those years under thetutelage of Blakey involved intensivestudy of both interplay and improvisation.Performing alongside Terence Blanchard,Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney and BennyGreen, Javon appeared on severalrecordings with Blakey, including Not Yet(Soul Note), One For All (A&M) and Chippin’In (Timeless).Javon remained with the Messengers forover three years until Blakey’s death in 1990.Javon earned his degree from Berkleewhile continuing to tour with Hubbard,Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden and CedarWalton. His debut as a leader camequickly, in 1991, when he released Burnin’and Me and Mr. Jones on the Criss CrossLabel.Javon spent several years touring witha host of jazz greats, as well as his owngroups, concentrating on technique andcomposition. He earned his master’sdegree in music and a position asAssistant Professor of Jazz Education atSUNY Purchase College. Javon returnedto the studio in 2003 with drummer LennyWhite, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trombonistFred Wesley (best known for his workwith James Brown) and the master ofthe groove, organist Lonnie Smith. Theresulting sessions became known as theaptly named Easy Does It.Javon continues to tour extensively
10SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSwith his group, the Javon Jackson Band(featuring Benny Green on piano, bassistJeff Chambers and Carl Allen on drums) orsometimes the Javon Jackson Superband(which also features Jimmy Cobb), andperforms as a special guest with variousartists, including Curtis Fuller and DonaldByrd.Al Foster, master drummer, has beena major innovator in the world of jazzfor several decades. As a member ofthe Miles Davis band for thirteen years,Foster’s contribution to Davis’ music isarticulated by Davis himself in his 1989autobiography, Miles: The Autobiography,where Davis describes the first time heheard Foster play live in 1972 at the CellarClub on 95th Street in Manhattan: ‘He[Foster] knocked me out because he hadsuch a groove and he would just lay it rightin there. That was the kind of thing I waslooking for. I could set it up for everybodyelse to play off and just keep the groovegoing forever.”Other artists Foster has performed andrecorded with include Joe Henderson,Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, WayneShorter, Bobby Hutcherson, JohnScofield, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden,Randy & Michael Brecker, Bill Evans (thepianoplayer), George Benson, KennyDrew, Carmen McRae, Stan Getz, TootsThielemans, Dexter Gordon and ChickCorea. Over the years, Foster has touredextensively with Herbie Hancock, SonnyRollins, and Joe Henderson, becoming amajor attraction in all three bands as wellas an integral part of them.Respected and admired for his keensensitivity, Foster is known for his uniqueability to listen to and play off others inan almost telepathic way, responding tothem with a style that is at once bothcharismatic and understated. Foster, is agreat believer in the purity of the music, agenuine artist who continues to push theboundaries of creativity again and again,devoted to preserving and perpetuatingthe highest standards in jazz today. He isa magnificent all-round drummer, and hisrhythmic chops are renowned in musicalstyles ranging from bebop to free form tojazz/rock.Tom King QuartetPianist Tom King is fast becoming one ofthe most sought-after and exciting newfigures on the Edmonton jazz scene.Bringing with him an accomplishedhistory in both the jazz and classical fields,Tom’s playing merges his fluid virtuosictechnique with unbridled energy andintrospective poignancy. With influencesranging from the standard bebop jazztradition, sonorous spaciousness of theEuropean aesthetic and the multi-huedshading of world music, Tom King’s artistryis both fresh and imaginative.Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan,Tom King received his Bachelor of Musicin Piano Performance from the Universityof Ottawa and spent time specializingin Scandinavian music with some ofNorway’s finest pianists at the GriegAcademy in Bergen, Norway. Duringresidency at the Banff Centre for Arts,Tom studied with Canadian classical pianogreats Anton Kuerti, Angela Cheng, andworked with Canadian jazz musiciansDave Restivo and Mike Murley. Tom hasperformed with bassist Clarence Seay ofthe Wallace Roney Sextet and has beenheard numerous times in recital on CBCRadio.George McFetridge Triowww.vancouverjazz.com/home/mcfetridge/A native Edmontonian and longtimemainstay of the Edmonton jazz scene,George went from the University ofAlberta to Berklee School of Music in
SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOS11Boston and then a stint with the BuddyRich Big Band touring the USA. He settledin Toronto for a time with TV gigs anda teaching position at Humber College(1985-92). During his stay in Toronto hewas a co - founder of Unity Records, acooperative that enabled many CanadianMusicians such as Mike Murley, BarryElmes, Bernie Senensky and others toreach a wider audience.He has performed with many well knownartists such as Fraser MacPherson,Woody Herman, Benny Golson, LeeKonitz , Kenny Wheeler, Woody Shaw, PhilWoods and many more, and has touredEurope with Jacek Kochan and MariuszKwiatowski. Presently based out ofVancouver, George has been leading thequintet Strange Weather (with Dave Sayon sax, Steve Holy, bass; and Bernie Araion drums) and the quartet YT with Say,Arai, and Alan Penfold on trumpet.Andy Milnewww.andymilne.comCanadian pianist Andy Milne, whoseteachers span from Oscar Peterson toMuhal Richard Abrams, has establishedhimself as a distinctive voice at the heartof New York’s creative jazz scene. He hasperformed in numerous settings, includingcollaborations with: Dianne Reeves, GeriAllen, Robin Eubanks, Red Mitchell, andSonny Greenwich. His innovative rhythmicapproach, combined with his extensiveharmonic lexicon place him at the forefrontof young pianists poised to carry on thelineage of creative masters like HerbieHancock and McCoy Tyner.Andy Milne’s musical concept drawsinspiration from all music as well as fromsociology, philosophy, and science fiction.Some of his musical influences include:Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, HerbieNichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell andStevie Wonder. Milne’s innovative rhythmicgrooves resemble those of alto saxophonistand M-BASE founder, Steve Coleman.The sparse harmonic surprises Milnedelivers on piano, however distinguishhis music from Coleman’s. In addition,Milne’s extensive use of vocals, samplesand sound bites, set him apart from otherpianists in his generation.In 1990, after completing an Honorsdegree in music from York University(where he studied with Oscar Peterson,Pat LaBarbera, and Don Thompson), Milnereceived a Canada Council grant to studyat the renowned Banff Center for FineArts. It was at Banff that he met and wasinspired by the innovative concepts taughtby then faculty-head, Steve Coleman. In1991, after a year in Montreal picking upvaluable sideman experience with JoeLovano, Archie Shepp, and Ranee Lee,Coleman encouraged Milne to moveto New York. Based on the enormouspotential he demonstrated at Banff, Milnewas invited to perform with Coleman’score unit Five Elements, and to perform onthe M-BASE Collective CD “Anatomy of aGroove,” to which Milne also contributeda composition. Coleman’s enthusiasm forthe young pianist was shared by M-BASEassociates Cassandra Wilson and GregOsby, who also invited Milne to performwith their groups. In 1992, Milne officiallyjoined Five Elements and became anintegral member of Coleman’s variousprojects until 1997.His long association with Coleman offeredMilne the unique opportunity to developa completely unprecedented harmonicand rhythmic approach to the piano.The experience of responding to andcomplimenting Coleman’s unique stylenight after night, played a major role inthe development of Milne’s individualapproach. Coleman’s impact can also beseen in Milne’s approach to the businessof music. In 1995, inspired by grass-roots,cross-country tours with Five Elements,Milne independently booked, promoted
12SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSand lead two extensive North Americantours with his own band. After the first tour,he recorded the self-produced cassetterelease, “The ‘E’ is Silent,” (featuringGene Lake, Matthew Garrison and AudreyMartells), which captured the same relaxedintensity of the band’s live performances.In 1997, Milne recorded his first CD,“Forward to Get Back,” for d’Note Records,which featured performances by Colemanalumnus Reggie Washington, Ralph Alessiand Matthew Garrison, as well as two duoperformances with Steve Coleman.Realizing he wanted his music to gobeyond notes and rhythms, Milne formedhis current band Dapp Theory in 1998. “Iwanted to use it to tell passionate stories,promote peace and inspire collectiveresponsibility towards uplifting the humanspiritual condition,” he explains. WhileM-BASE stood for creatively expressingone’s life experiences through music,Dapp Theory stands for respecting thelaws of nature to create balance in love,compassion and good karma. The musicseeks to explore the truths that exist inuniversal cosmic wisdom, while creativelyexpressing life’s great journeys. Milnerecently explored these truths in anambitious songwriting collaboration withCanadian folk-rock icon Bruce Cockburn.Nova QuartetNova Quartet is an exciting group fromMontreal that fuses original, challengingcompositions with solid groove andambiance. Prize winners at EffendiRecord’s Jazz en Rafale, they have caughtthe attention from the likes of ChristineJensen and Chris McCann and haveplayed alongside Montreal’s Remi Bolduc.They are quickly emerging as a fresh voicein the world of jazz. The Montreal-basedgroup has drawn its members from allover North America and connected whileattending the jazz program at McGillUniversity.David Occhipinti Quartetwww.davidocchipinti.comGuitarist/composer David Occhipintihas three CD’s featuring his owncompositions: David Occhipinti (1997) andSyzygy (1999) and Intersection (2003).David has two duo CDs with Mike Murley:Duologue (2002), which was nominatedfor a Juno Award, and Duologue Vol. 2(2005). David studied in New York withthe legendary guitarist Jim Hall off andon in the early 1990’s. David often toursCanada and regularly performs tours inItaly where he lived for a short time. Hehas also toured in the U.S., Europe andJapan. David has received numerouscomposition, recording and touring grantsfrom the Canada Council for the Arts, theToronto Arts Council, the Ontario ArtsCouncil, FACTOR and the Department ofForeign Affairs and International Trade.David Occhipinti was born in Toronto.He attended the Humber College MusicProgram in Toronto from 1984-87 wherehe now teaches guitar (David also teachesat the University of Toronto). In 1989David’s career came to a turning pointwhen he attended the Banff School of FineArts jazz workshop where Dave Hollandwas artistic director.In the early 1990’s David spent mostof his time between studying in NewYork and performing in Italy. The CanadaCouncil for the Arts funded his stays inNew York where he studied privately withlegendary guitarist Jim Hall.In 1994, David moved to Italy for nearlytwo years and performed extensively withhis own groups and as a sideman. He alsoperformed in other parts of Europe duringhis stay there.In 1996 David returned to his nativeCanada and was chosen as one of tenwinners in the ‘Guitars on Fire’ contestheld by the international trade publication
SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOS13Jazziz magazine. The jury included JimHall, John Patitucci and Lee Ritenour.The following year David recorded hisself-titled debut CD (UTY-153). The CDfeatures ten original compositions and hasbeen described by the press as: “exciting,original, intelligent, inventive...an excellentdebut”.David recorded his second CD in 1998.He released Syzygy (UTY 170) thefollowing year. The CD features 10 of hiscompositions in trio and solo settings.David toured Canada and Italy severaltimes during the next few years.He began playing duo with Mike Murley in1999 and in 2002 they released Duologueon Cornerstone records. Duologue wasnominated for a Juno Award, a NationalJazz Award and a Canadian Music “Indie”.David released his third CD, Intersectionon November 10, 2003. The CD (releasedon his own label: occdav music;distributed by Festival Distribution inCanada) has 10 new original compositionsand features David on guitar, Mike Murleyon saxophone, Andrew Downing on bassand Terry Clarke on drums.Johnny Summerswww.johnnysummers.comClassically trained in trumpet and aBachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from theUniversity of Calgary Johnny Summerscontinues to expand his musical horizonsthrough performing, composing andarranging. His first CD, Volume 1showcases six original songs as well asfive standards recorded with the JohnnySummers Quartet. His second albumtakes a relaxed, straight-ahead approachto originals composed in the style ofGershwin, Porter, Ellington and the likeand features the exquisite guest vocals ofTim Tamashiro and Johanna Silanpaa alongwith the Quartet. The music is intenselyheartfelt, lyrical and fresh. Tackling a thirdalbum, the Groove Project, Summers isaiming for radio play.Summers has traveled from Spain,and Britain to Hawaii, Los Angeles toNew Orleans to play with outstandingmusicians and drawing an ever growingfollowing. Always on the lookout for thenext musical venture Summers formedthe Calgary Jazz Orchestra in 2004 with 17of the best of the best jazz artists.Steve Swell -Slammin’ the Infinitewww.steveswell.comBorn in Newark, New Jersey, Steve Swellhas been living, working and performingin New York City for all of his adult life.In an effort to find his own voice on hisinstrument and to learn to write andarrange in a style of his own, he hassought out, performed and recordedwith many of the finest composers andimprovisors in the city. He has recordedand toured with such diverse jazzpersonalities as mainstreamers LionelHampton and Buddy Rich, to so-calledoutsiders like Anthony Braxton and JemeelMoondoc. Swell has 20 recordings as aleader or co-leader and is a featured artiston more than seventy other releases.Swell first came to public attentionperforming with Makanda Ken McIntyrein the multi-instrumentalist’s concert atCarnegie Recital Hall in 1985 of whichHerb Boyd of The Amsterdam Newswrote, “Swell possesses a foreceful,but mature sound...with a vibrantsyncopation...” Later, Swell came tointernational attention while touringin Europe and recording with altosaxophonist Tim Berne and his group“Caos Totale.” There are two studiorecordings of this band on the JMT label.
14SHOWINFORMATION • PERFORMERBIOSDuring this time Steve also toured andrecorded with Joey Baron’s “Barondown”which has three releases; one for JMT,one on New World and the most recentfor the Avant label.Even though he is strongly identified withthe “downtown scene”, Swell has beendeveloping his style in the more so-called“traditional avant-garde” arena. Co-leadingsuch projects as “Space, Time, Swing”with Perry Robinson, being a sidemanin William Parker’s “Little Huey CreativeMusic Orchestra” and working with othersimilar people has kept him on this circuit.Dave McElfresh of Jazz Now wrote ina review of drummer Lou Grassi’s CD,PoGressions, “Swell’s powerful trombonezooms in and out of the music like a planediving at a target. Players like himself - andmusic like this - are to be thanked for therevival of interest in the instrument.”Swell’s latest CD, “Slammin’ the Infinite”with Sabir Mateen, Matt Heyner and KlausKugel was released in November of 2004on Cadence. CIMP also released a co-leadgroup with Gebhard Ullman called DesertSongs which has Barry Altschul and HillGreene. Drimala Records will be releasinga duo recording with Dominic Duval.“Unified Theory Of Sound, This Now!”featuring Jemeel Moondoc, Wilber Morris,Cooper-Moore, Kevin Norton and MattLaVelle was released on Cadence in 2003.Swell was also a featured soloist withAnthony Braxton in hisopera, “Shala Fears ForThe Poor” performed atJohn Jay College in NewYork and recently taughta master class at NewEngland Conservatory inBoston and is an artist/mentor in the NYC publicschool system.voted Number 2 in the 2004 CadenceReader’s Poll.Sabir Mateen’s enduring presence whichnoone can ignore within the sceneof improvisational music has madehim protagonist of one chapter in PhilFreeman’s most recent book ‘New York IsNow! The New Wave of Free Jazz’.Matthew Heyner is part of a communityof musicians, artists and dancers thatcollaborate and juxtapose their sounds,images and movements in variousspaces throughout in New York City. Heplays intuitively, using the bull fiddle asan analog synthesizer with potentiallyunlimited sound-making potential.Amanda Tosoff Quartetwww.amandatosoff.comAt only 23 years of age Amanda is quicklyemerging as one of Canada’s top newtalents. She has performed with ChuckIsraels, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wilkon, JodiProznick and Campbell Ryga. Amanda’snew group, which features Evan Arntzenon saxophone, Sean Cronin on bass, andMorgan Childs on drums, has been featuredon CBC Radio programs ‘Hot Air’ and‘Jazzbeat’. Their debut recording ‘Still Life’continues to be played regularly on CBC andother radio stations. At the 2006 VancouverInternational Jazz Festival, they opened forthe legendary vibist Bobby Huthcherson.Steve’s “Suite ForPlayers, Listeners andOther Dreamers” was
YARDBIRDSUITE • JAMSESSIONS • YARDBIRDSUITE15The Tuesday night jams, a longstanding tradition at the Yardbird Suite, arean opportunity to see some of Edmonton’s finest players and bands in a onehour house set before several of the city’s best take the stage together inan open jam.Player or fan, be sure to come down and not miss an exciting opportunity tohear the great ensembles!Hosted by a different professional bandevery week. Host set from 9-10 p.m.with amateurs & professionals sitting inafter 10 p.m. Only $3 admission (appliesto all members, guests and musicians)SEPTEMBER 25Jim HeadOCTOBER 2NuSteps TrioOCTOBER 9Audrey OchoaALL THATJAZZFOR VOLUNTEERSIf you enjoy great Jazz andwant free access to shows,consider volunteering at theSuite!OCTOBER 16Charlie AustinOCTOBER 23Kent SangsterOCTOBER 30Rhonda Withnellfor more information, firstname.lastname@example.org call 432-0428 andleave a message
YARDBIRDSUITE • ATAGLANCE • YARDBIRDSUITEAnnual General MeetingNotice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of members of the Edmonton Jazz Society (1973) will be heldat the Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, Alberta, on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 7:00 PM for thepurpose of:• SEPTEMBER •• OCTOBER •1. Receiving the report of the president; 2. Receiving and considering the report of the treasurer of the Society forthe fiscal year ended July 31, 2007 including the appointment of the auditors for the coming year; 3. Election of theboard of directors and officers of the Society; 4. The transition of such further business as may properly comebefore the meeting or any adjournment thereof.Further information regarding the business to be discussed at the annual general meeting can be obtained bycontacting the Yardbird Suite at telephone 432-0428, or fax 433-3773. Dated at the city of Edmonton, in theProvince of Alberta, this first day of September, 2007.MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY17 18 19 20 21 22 23MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY1 2 3 4 5 6 7JAMWITHNovaJohnnyNuStepsQuartetSummersTribute to Chet BakerTrioMembers $12 • Guests $16 Members $14 • Guests $188 9 10 11 12 13 14Steve GeorgeSwell McFetridgeSlammin’ the Infi nite TrioJAMWITHAudreyOchoaMembers $20 • Guests $24 Members $12 • Guests $1615 16 17 18 19 20 21JAMAmanda Tosoff DavidWITHQuartet/Morgan OcchipintiCharlieChilds Quintet Quartetplays Max RoachAustinMembers $14 • Guests $18 Members $14 • Guests $1822 23 24 25 26 27 28JAMthe Rubim HecubusWITHde Toledo Trio/KentJazz AndyQuintet MilneSangsterMembers $12 • Guests $16 Members $14 • Guests $1829 30 31 1 2 3JAMWITHRhondaWithnellWilliamCarnQuintetJack de Keyzer GroupYardbird Suite BluesMembers $18 • Guests $22SimonFisk TrioMembers $14 • Guests $18 Members $12 • Guests $1624 25 26 27 28 Members $10 • Guests $14 29 Members $26 • Guests $30 30JAMWITHTom JacksonKing GreenJimProjectHeadTHE YARDBIRD SUITE IS A CONCERT VENUE. DURING THE SHOW,PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES AND PAGERS.For upcoming shows visit www.yardbirdsuite.com