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PreDestined

"Christian Scott meets Chick Corea, mixed with a bit of metal" is how one sound engineer described PreDestined. Drawing influence from music across the spectrum, PreDestined blends it all into a powerful, modern, and progressive sound. From lulling tracks such as Lust, to hard-hitting and fast-paced tunes such as Chronicle and Rising, PreDestined is on the forefront, pushing the envelope of jazz in the modern age. They deliver intense shows, memorable songs, and an experience that will not disappoint. Fresh off the release of their debut album "Rising", PreDestined is currently booking and performing in Ottawa and beyond

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Normand Laurin

Normand is a renowned Freelance Jazz drummer living in Vankleek Hill, Ontario Canada which is half way between Ottawa and Montreal. Following 4 years of piano study from McGill University Schulich school of music, Normand is now perfecting his skills as a drummer with two-time Grammy award jazz legend Peter Erskine. If your from the area and would like to start a swinging jazz band give him a shout at [email protected] or follow his tweets @NLaurinJazz

The Beeched Wailers

The Beeched Wailers are: Nicholas Dyson, trumpet Tyler Harris, saxophone Alex Tompkins, guitar Dave Schroeder, bass Michel Delage, drums The Beeched Wailers are a jazz quintet from Ottawa, Canada. We’ve played together in other bands for years, and started The Beeched Wailers in January 2014. We play original music written by members of the band, and always feature many other composers from Ottawa, Canada such as Steve Boudreau, Mark Ferguson, Garry Elliott and Mike Essoudry, Vince Rimbach and Peter Hum. We have hosted our Tuesday Night Jazz Jam on a weekly basis since March 2014. The Beeched Wailers’ individual band member sideman credits read like a who’s-who of the international music industry - Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum and more. We all reside in Ottawa, Canada, and work locally with groups as diverse as Los Gringos, Old Stereo, Riishi Von Rex, Trouble Clef, and Tilda. All of The Beeched Wailers are active teachers as well as performers, two of us teach music at Carleton University.

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Nicholas Dyson

Nicholas Dyson is one of Ottawa, Canada’s busiest trumpeters. He performs reguarly with The Beeched Wailers, Los Gringos, Rob Frayne’s Dream Band, The Yohawks, and Tilda. Nicholas has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and musical theatre shows such as A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Drowsy Chaperone and The Producers. Nicholas has also worked with Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Kim Massie, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson and Broken Social Scene. Nicholas has contributed to albums by Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Tilda, That’s The Spirit, SoulJazz Orchestra ('Rising Sun' 2011 JUNO nomination and 'Solidarity' (2013 JUNO nomination), Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays, Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers, The Yohawks, Orienteers, Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi, plus a live concert recording for Radio Canada with Los Gringos. In addition to maintaining a busy private trumpet studio, Nicholas is the director of Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra

Garry Elliott

Garry Elliott, is an Ottawa guitarist specializing in classical and jazz guitar performance and instruction. Offering guitar instruction in both Classical guitar and Jazz guitar, Garry received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Michael Strutt. He also participated in masterclasses with David Russell and Manuel Barruecco. As a classical guitarist, Garry provides live music services as a soloist, and also plays in duos and trios for weddings, cermonies and events. He collaborates regularly with Ottawa musicians, including flutist Gertrude Létourneau, with whom he has recorded the CD Habañera, and has recently released the CD Pre Dawn Skies with pianist Steve Boudreau

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Roddy Ellias

One of Canada's most respected guitarists, Roddy is equally at home with contemporary new music, jazz, or classical repertoire. His dynamism as an artist and his consistent pursuit of harmonic and melodic adventure have made him a consummate musician. Known for his energetic performances and his thoughtful renditions of both new and existing works, he continues to surprise and delight his audiences. Last year he set the stage on fire in a series of duets with other guitarists, including Vic Juris, Gene Bertoncini, Lorne Lofsky, and David Occhipinti, showcasing his versatility and his generosity as a performer. Roddy's eclectic tastes in music and his wildly varied musical influences are reflected in the scope of his compositions

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Craig Pedersen

Award winning trumpet and composer Craig Pedersen is one of Canada's busiest creative musicians. Since moving to Ottawa from Victoria, BC, via Montreal three years ago, he has released three discs, with 2 more in the works, and has co- founded a twice-a-month improvised music concert series which has features the finest improvising musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais. A 2011 Canada Council Professional Musician grant winner, 2009 participant in Dave Douglas’ International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Banff, AB, and 2009 participant at Ed Carroll’s Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, Craig has quickly become an indispensable musician in the Ottawa music scene.

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Linsey Wellman

An active member of the Ottawa, Canada music scene since receiving his Bachelor of Music in 2001 from Carleton University where he studied saxophone with Rob Frayne, Linsey Wellman is known as a creative and spontaneous improvisor on the alto and soprano saxophones, the alto and standard flutes, and the bass clarinet. Ever adaptable, he has plied his trade with Sun Ra tribute Rakestar Arkestra, marching band Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers, Gamelan Semara Winangun, calypso outfit Kobo Town, Punjabi folk/fusion project Galitcha, and with avant-jazz outfit the Craig Pedersen Quartet, all while taking part in countless improvised music and jazz ensembles

Thomas McMahon

Tom McMahon is an accomplished performer and composer who has ventured into many styles of music. Tom graduated with honours from Humber College Music Program and along with Baliset also plays acoustic bass, fretless and fretted electric bass. No stranger to the studio, he has recorded with many musicians and vocalists, participated in radio and television programs and entertained local and international audiences in live performances.


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