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Way North is a cross-border mash-up of North American artists born out of the joy of playing together. Formed in Brooklyn in 2014 by three Canadians and a New Yorker, the band features saxophonist Petr Cancura (Down Home - JUNO nominee), trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy (2018 Toronto Emerging Jazz Artist/Women’s Blues Revue bandleader), bassist Michael Herring (Peripheral Vision - JUNO nominee) and American drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea/Esperanza Spalding). The quartet brings together four composers who love to explore folk and world music with a backbone in jazz improvisation. They love to use their music and connection with each other to reach out and connect with audiences, building community where ever they play. They have released their third album, “New Dreams, Old Stories”, following, “Fearless And Kind” and their debut, Kings County, which was picked by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the best Jazz CD’s of 2015. Their last album was launched with high-energy Canadian touring, and expect more of this as they head back on the road. Way North’s music is a roots stew, seamlessly threading together the blues, old-time, Balkan, Brazilian, Calypso, and other folk genres with jazz and improvisation. In January 2016, Way North was invited to perform and teach at the Panama Jazz Festival w by artistic director Danilo Perez, and also appeared at the Mamoni Valley Preserve as part of the Earth Train NGO Geoversity campaign

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”New Dreams, Old Stories” closes with the lilting ballad/lullaby “When You Say Goodnight to Me”–– composed by Ms. Hennessy and Herring, the music feels likes a hymn and, at the same time, a love song. Sweet and satisfying, it's just the right song to finish a program that is so inviting, so much fun, and so well-played.  Way North is not about technique, it's about how one can have a good time in the midst of a crazy world creating music from the heart and soul. Enjoy!!

Richard Kamins – Step Tempest

There's much to recommend this equal-opportunity outfit and the album, but perhaps the most appealing thing about it is diversity when each of its dozen tracks inhabits a stylistic world separate from the others

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New Dreams, Old...

Roots2Boot
2022

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Fearless And Kind

Self Produced
2018

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Kings County

Independant
2015

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Boll Weevil

From: Fearless And Kind
By Way North

Boll Weevil

From: Fearless And Kind
By Way North

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