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"Braid has accomplished much for someone still in the early stages of a career. He has been evolving so quickly that he doesn't just need to be watched--he needs to be watched closely." - All About Jazz Touted as one of Canada's most gifted young jazz pianists and composers, David Braid is a Juno Award winner, National Jazz Award recipient, and has performed extensively across Canada, Europe, Australia, Korea, Japan, China and other parts of Asia. Braid graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 and was nominated for the Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal. In 2001, the Canada Council for the Arts (JazzID program) selected and showcased Braid as one of five important young composers and jazz musicians in Canada. Braid made a relatively late entry into music and an even later foray into jazz

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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra: Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait

Read "Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To commemorate Canada's one hundred-fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra commissioned eleven of the country's foremost jazz composers to write music “reflecting some aspect of Canada or being Canadian." The resulting Suite 150 was performed for appreciative audiences and recorded for posterity in November 2017 and March 2018 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra: Our Second Set

Read "Our Second Set" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Somewhere, Rob McConnell must be smiling broadly. McConnell, once the peerless leader of Canada's flagship jazz ensemble, the Boss Brass, is no longer with us, sad to say, but the Brass lives on in the guise of trumpeter John MacLeod's superlative Rex Hotel Orchestra, which mirrors McConnell's band from its skin-tight section work and well-drawn charts ...

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Tara Davidson: Duets

Read "Duets" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Tara Davidson has continually expanded the size of her band to suit each of her recording projects. Until now, that is. After working with a quartet, a quintet, and a nonet on record, Davidson has gone the other way, trimming things back and releasing a collection of artful duets that pair her with some of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Pernille Bévort: Roundabouts And Novellas

Read "Pernille Bévort: Roundabouts And Novellas" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been over three years since multi-reedist, singer composer and arranger Pernille Bévort released Perfect Organisation (Gateway, 2011), her outstanding bringing together of jazz and tango nuevo that featured bandoneon player Marcelo Nisinman. Bévort, however, hasn't been slacking off in any way in the intervening years, oh no. She's simply been occupied in the execution of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013

Read "2013 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28-July 2, 2013" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de MontréalMontréal, CanadaJune 28-July 7, 2013After taking a year off to curate an All About Jazz Presents: Doing It Norway at Norway's 2012 Kongsberg Jazz Festival, it was great to return to the city that hosts what must surely be the largest jazz festival in the world. Where else ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Stockton Helbing

Read "Take Five With Stockton Helbing" reviewed by Stockton Helbing

Meet Stockton Helbing: I starting playing drums in the sixth grade, while growing up in South Carolina. After high school, I attended the University of North Texas where I played in the well known One O'clock Lab band under the direction of Neil Slater. That opportunity helped open the door to being hired by ...

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John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble

Read "John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra / Tim Davies Big Band / New England Jazz Ensemble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel OrchestraOur First SetSelf Published2010 Those who mourn the passing of the great trombonists Rob McConnell and Dave McMurdo and, with them, two of the most renowned big bands Canada has ever produced, should take substantial comfort from this superlative debut recording ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Koptor: Fire Sink

Read "Fire Sink" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Time and space have shaped the life of Kevin Brow. The Canadian-born drummer moved to Toronto when he was 19, and went on to play with some of the best jazz musicians including Mike Murley, Pat LaBarbera and David Braid. Six years later he moved to Copenhagen. This was significant in more ways than one: he ...


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