TuneTown

TuneTown is an exciting new collective featuring creative Toronto mainstays, Kelly Jefferson on Tenor Saxophone, Artie Roth on Bass and Ernesto Cervini on Drums. All three members are highly-respected Juno-nominated musicians with serious band leading chops, and the combination of the three leads to some breathtaking and powerful musical moments. The band plays imaginative re-arrangements of standards and originals from all three members.

Toronto-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kelly Jefferson has a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Kelly has performed with the The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Ray Anderson, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Michel LeGrand, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, as well as Ray Brown, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Renee Rosnes, Johnny Mathis, Russell Malone, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.

Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As a leader of his own group, Artie released “Parallels” in 2005, “Currently Experiencing” in 2013, and most recently “Discern” in 2015. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet, Kollage and The Jazz Collective.

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Tune Town’s debut disc makes a strong first impression with its rugged swinging, lucid improvising, sonic exploration and forthright teamwork. Peter Hum - The Ottawa Citizen

The group performs original music composed by and for the trio, bringing together three distinct musical voices on material that runs the gamut from intense to relaxed. Seamlessly assimilating elements from the avant-garde, funk and jazz worlds, There From Here is a stimulating addition to the saxophone trio canon. The Jazz Journal

One of the things I liked about their performances, as in the case of other CDs featuring Cervini on drums, is their absolute unity

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Sonny Rollins
saxophone
Ray Brown
bass, acoustic
John Coltrane
saxophone
Joshua Redman
saxophone

Albums

Entering Utopia

Three Pines Records
2021

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There From Here

Slammin Media
2019

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Blue Gardenia

From: Entering Utopia
By TuneTown

The Monks of Oka

From: There From Here
By TuneTown

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