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West Toronto Ode by The Composers Collective Big Band

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Album Title: The Toronto Project
Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023


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About the Album

What is the sound of a city? With The Toronto Project, the Composers Collective Big Band has put together its most ambitious project yet, commissioning Toronto’s top jazz composers to write about the neighbourhoods and aspects of their city that inspire them the most. The Composers Collective Big Band is an 18 piece jazz ensemble led by trombonist and composer Christian Overton. Since forming in 2005, the group’s mandate has been to present new works for large jazz ensemble by Canadian composers. Toronto has been known as a great jazz city for decades. When jazz fans all over the world hear bands like Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, they instantly recognize the swinging arrangements and immaculate playing as being emblematic of the Toronto sound. Today, that sound is evolving into something new - an audacious sensibility forged by a diverse new generation of jazz musicians. Discover the unique people and places that make up Toronto as seen through the eyes of its finest jazz artists. The Toronto Project was released worldwide on Friday, April 14th 2023.

Song Listing

West Toronto Ode; Non-Sequitur; Spadina; Finding Home; Inside the Toy Factory; Interweave; The Commuter; Transit.


Jason Logue
John Pittman
Brian O'Kane
Tara Davidson
saxophone, alto
Chris Roberts
saxophone, alto
Paul Metcalfe
saxophone, alto
Jared Welsh
saxophone, tenor
Marcus Ali
saxophone, alto
William Carn
Tom Richards
Pat Blanchard
Karl Silveira
Sylvain Bedard
trombone, bass
Erik Patterson
guitar, electric
Justin Gray
bass, electric

Additional Personnel

Pablosky Rosales: tres; Les Alt: flute; Amely Zhou: erhu; Maya Killtron: voice; Jonathan Kay: tenor sax; Andrew Kay: alto sax; Ravi Naimpally: tabla.


Date featured

May 21, 2023

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