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Charles Colizza

Born and raised in Montreal, Québec, Charles Colizza is a New York based guitarist rooted in jazz. Established in the city since 2018, he has recorded alongside jazz saxophone legend Billy Drewes and has performed alongside Grammy winning arranger and trombonist Alan Ferber. He has performed in various world-renowned establishments and jazz venues across North America, notably at The Blue Note NYC, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, The Bitter End, Upstairs and the Williamsburg Music Center. He is also the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Scholarship Competition. Charles draws his musical influences from all styles and genres, from Stravinsky to John Coltrane and from Milton Nascimento to Young Thug

Quintet

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Dont Cross The Coss; All Or Nothing At All; Mr. President; Free to Be; You're There; Enlightenment; Breaking Point; Females Are Strong As Hell

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The Rookies

The Rookies were born in the spring of 2014 on the forgotten end of Brunswick Street in a dimly lit room full of sweat and beer at The Rooks Return. What started as a quiet set of background jazz for punters while they imbibed their cocktails quickly devolved into an uninhibited, drunken dance party reminiscent of a time almost forgotten. Band leader Greg Sher (alto saxophone) is joined by Tom Sly (trumpet), Joel Trigg (piano), Oscar Neyland (double bass) and Chris Cameron (drums and cymbals), with special guests from Australia and overseas sitting in every week. Their weekly parties are never the same as the band effortlessly jumps genres, twisting and contorting old world repertoire into something idiosyncratically their own

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Roxy Coss: Quintet

Read "Quintet" reviewed by Paul Rauch

At times, saxophonist Roxy Coss can appear to be a whirlwind. Over the past decade, Coss has firmly established herself as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and activist. She has toured extensively, most notably with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. She founded Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO) to combat misogyny in jazz culture, and create gender equity in terms ...

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Benjamin Deschamps

Based in Montreal, Benjamin Deschamps was nammed Révélation Radio-Canada Jazz 2017-18 and received the prestigious Montreal's Internationnal Jazz Festival TD award in 2019. Benjamin positioned himself as a really sought after saxophonist, composer, arranger and doubler (flutes and clarinets) in the city. At the head of his own band, he won the Rimouski's Festi Jazz Grand Award in 2013 and released his first record What Do We Know in 2014 with his Quartet. Nominated twice for the Montreal's International Jazz Festival's TD Grand Award in 2014 and in 2017, he was also nominated for the Halifax Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star award in 2018

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Anton Schwartz

“What I require for music to really captivate me,” Anton says, “is groove and intellect working in tandem. Music that gets into your bones, into your head and into your heart.” From Louis Armstrong and Lester Young to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, jazz’s greatest improvisers create music that carries an emotional wallop. It’s a lesson that tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz learned well. Like the giants from whom he draws inspiration, Schwartz approaches jazz as a vehicle for reaching the heart and the head. At a time when many of his contemporaries seem to be making music more for their musical colleagues than a wider audience, Schwartz stands out as a player determined to communicate with his listeners

Al Muirhead

Al Muirhead Al Muirhead has long been an iconic gure on the Canadian jazz scene. And the trumpeter, composer, arranger, sideman and recording artist has been making listeners take notice for longer than jazz fans might realize. Born in Regina in 1935, he was playing in the Regina Symphony and dance bands by age 12. Muirhead began to take notice of greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. While Muirhead’s playing is infused with the indelible in uence of the jazz giants, his owing, melodic sound is his own — and has become in uential in its own right. He unleashes melodies that are incredibly inventive and utterly timeless

Quintet

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Magnetar; Katabatics; Arc Of Venus; Anabatics; Qubits; Blues For Butch; Lacus Temporis; Dissolution; Historical Friction; Laugh Out Loud (for Lol Coxhill); Cherenkov Light.

Quintet

Label: Acta
Released: 2013


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