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Jacob Wutzke

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Jacob Wutzke is a Montréal/Toronto based drummer, bandleader, author, composer and music educator. Noted for his exceptional technique, creativity and ability to listen and improvise in the moment, he has become an in-demand sideman in the jazz and creative music scenes and continues to compose and perform music regularly. He has performed and recorded with Allison Au, Trevor Giancola, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Michael Davidson, Brownman Ali, Miles Black, Jeff McGregor, Jim Brenan and more. Jacob has also studied with the likes of Larnell Lewis, Mark Kelso, Kirk MacDonald, Barry Romberg and Geoff Young

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Ellen Doty

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Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music incorporates everything from jazz to soul, folk, pop and indie music: a sound that is uniquely hers. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Originally from Okotoks, AB, she currently makes her home in Calgary. Her debut album “Gold” reached the top ten on the college jazz radio charts in Canada, and she followed up the release with a crowd-funded, self-booked 40 stop Canadian tour

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Tricia Edwards

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Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, pianist Tricia Edwards maintains a busy and diverse schedule playing and performing regularly as solo artist, in jazz combo, as professional classical accompanist and as a member of several salsa and latin bands. She recently released her sophomore album “Intaglios”, a latin jazz project, on January 13, 2018 to a sold-out crowd at Calgary’s Ironwood Stage and Grill. She was the recipient of the 2009 Richard Harold Cowie scholarship, given by the Calgary Musicianʼs Association to further her jazz education. She released her debut jazz CD “Joyspring” in March 2009

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Oliver Miguel

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Best known for his contemporary saxophone sound, multi- instrumentalist Oliver Miguel is equally comfortable performing live or working in recording studios, playing guitars, keyboards, composing, arranging and producing. As dynamic on stage as he is in the studio, his performances have been described as “an emotional and intimate experience.” (www.thelivemusicreport.com), and his recordings have been reviewed as “...rigorous improvisation and daring non- conformist arrangements make this an adventure.” (www.ejazznews.com). A graduate of Mount Royal Conservatory (2003), Humber College of Music (2005) and Thompson Rivers University (2009), Chilean born Oliver Miguel regularly works in various genres: Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Pop and Hip-Hop

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Johanna Sillanpaa

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Music has always played a major part in the life of Johanna Sillanpaa. She is described as “a bluesy Erykah Badu with a marvelous voice that begins in the smoky lows of Norah Jones and effortlessly climbs into the powerful, confident ranges of Lisa Stansfield”. She has become quite well known in Western Canada as both a solo artist, and through her band ‘Sillan & Young’. Most recently, Johanna’s solo debut album ‘Good Life’ was nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Urban Recording. Johanna originally began singing as a young girl in her hometown of Boras, Sweden

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Tyler Hornby

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For as long as he can remember, Tyler Hornby has been on a musical journey. He encountered jazz early on while growing up in Alberta, living in a house that doubled as a rehearsal space for his guitar-playing father, his bass- playing brother and big band singer grandmother. He started drumming at age 10, honed his artistry in high school big bands and experimental jazz combos, and has blossomed into one of the country's most innovative and sought-after young drummers. Hornby has also become a gifted composer by expanding his musical tastes, studying the craft with Grammy Award winning pianist Chip Stephens, and immersing himself in the work of other great players from all over the planet. His list of collaborators is wide and wealthy, including Bob Mintzer, Ingrid Jensen, Wycliffe Gordon, Frank Mantooth, Alain Caron, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Tom Harrell, Jiggs Whigham, Irvin Mayfield, James Carter, Brad Goode, Chip Stephens, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, Shelly Berg, Ralph Bowen, Maciek Grzywacz (with a 2007 Polish Music Award nomination for their collaboration), Maciej Sikala, Piotr Lemanczyk, Pat Bianchi, John Gunther, Ken Walker, Phil Dwyer, Mike Murley, David Braid, Joel Miller, Campbell Ryga

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John Hyde

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In February 2010 the CD “John Hyde Quartet” was released with the generous support of the AFA. Stellar performances by Ralph Bowen on tenor, Brad Turner on trumpet and piano with John Riley on Drums. The music is modern jazz.

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Tim Tamashiro

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Tim Tamashiro loves jazz, strengths, food, life and new ideas. Many know “Tim Tam” as the national weekend host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2 but Tim is also involved in many other aspects in entertainment. He is a well known speaker and host for events throughout Canada. Sometimes he even sings. Over the years, Tim has released many recordings starting back in 1995 with his debut album “Wiseass Crooner”. This little big band recording started not only his recording career but also the producing career of Dave Pierce who has gone on to produce music for some of the biggest entertainment properties in the world

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Rubim de Toledo

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Award-winning bassist and composer, Rubim de Toledo combines the influences of his Brazilian heritage and his dedication to the jazz tradition, to create an approach to music that is refreshing and uplifting. Boasting a diverse rhythmic palette inspired by world music, jazz, and contemporary music, a lure towards improvisation and a forward-looking traditionalism, Rubim nurtures a commanding sound and style as a bassist, soloist, and composer.

Rubim began his professional career in Edmonton at seventeen, performing with Albertan Jazz legends Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and Clarence “Big” Miller

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Chris Dadge

Began playing the drums as a youth in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. By high school, interest in jazz and improvised musics started to flower. Played in rock bands and jazz groups with friends, made albums, played a few shows. Studied jazz in college, furthered knowledge of improvised musics, played in jazz quartets, co-founded the Bent Spoon Ensemble, recorded & released album, none nothing, sometimes, worked semi-professionally playing jazz, graduated from college, received a large pile of Wire back issues, heard AMM, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, et al. Bent Spoon Ensemble turned into Bent Spoon Trio, recorded new CD, formed Bug Incision Records, played jazz fests, more recording session and sideman work for acts of varying genres in Calgary (Lorrie Matheson, Tariq, Dolly Silitto, Chris Vail, Jay Crocker), more professional jazz work, fronted rock band, played festivals and music weeks (NXNE, Western Canadian Music Awards, etc). 2004/5/6: Played on more records and with more bands, increased activity as improvising musician and organizer of such events, beginning of Bug Incision Presents concert series, more BIR releases from Bent Spoon Trio and other artists, increased activity with Edmonton improvisers, cross-Canada tour with Jay Crocker, played SXSW with Lorrie Matheson, inaugurated monthly Bug Incision Improvisation Nights. Currently: organizing improvised music events in Calgary and area, playing and recording in dizzying array of local bands, recording solo improvisations & collages, releasing records and overseeing Bug Incision Records activities


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