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University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra

The University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO) is now in the fifth year under the leadership of Gordon Foote. The band is quickly becoming one of Canada’s finest university jazz orchestras, and is the flagship group of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Toronto. The UTJO has travelled within Ontario to perform concerts and workshops for many high schools. They also traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba to perform at the National Conference of the Canadian Music Educators Association. The 18-member ensemble is part of the UofT Jazz Program, which offers degrees in jazz studies at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels

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Article: Album Review

University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra: Embargo

Read "Embargo" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Talk about setting the bar high: on an album designed to showcase the talents of students in Professor Terry Promane's classes on arranging, the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra's music director, Gordon Foote, chose to open Embargo with Rob McConnell's classic arrangement of the Billy Strayhorn warhorse, “Take the 'A' Train," thus giving the undergrads a ...

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Kelso, Ricciardi & Lussu, and University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra

Read "Kelso, Ricciardi & Lussu, and University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Three new albums dominate the show.... Mark Kelso is an award-winning Jazz drummer who has worked with artists such as Donny McCaslin, Pat Metheny, Holly Cole, Gino Vannelli and numerous others. Playing in every genre from Jazz to Pop to Latin to Orchestral, Mark has been able to finesse his technique as a drummer ...

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University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra: Sweet Ruby Suite

Read "Sweet Ruby Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers


"The Music of Kenny Wheeler Featuring Norma Winstone and Dave Liebman" is the subtext of this new (March 2016) recording by the first-rate University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, more than half of which is devoted to Wheeler's picturesque “Sweet Ruby Suite," whose genesis and rationale aren't made clear, as there are no liner notes.

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