Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts
since the turn of this century, from her native Toronto to her adopted home of New York City,
from intimate club residencies to top festival stages. Across her five solo albums
(including 2014’s “No Regrets”, which JazzTimes called “Smart. Seamless. Stunning.”),
Melissa has maintained a focus on storytelling, whether through her original compositions
and lyrics, interpreting the music of songwriters like Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Bjork,
or finding a unique and personal way to present oft-sung jazz standards. She looks forward
to performing this intimate concert with Jamie Reynolds, one of her favorite duet partners.
This concert also provides an opportunity for Melissa to work with one of her longtime
collaborators in Toronto who also happens to be one of Canada’s finest: John MacLeod
on cornet and flugelhorn.
Jamie Reynolds is a Canadian pianist, keyboardist and composer who has lived in New York City since 2005 to study with master pianists
Fred Hersch and Craig Taborn. Jamie has played with some of the top musicians in New York, including Billy Hart, Cameron Brown, Rodney Green, Rob Scheps, Greg Gisbert,
Jamie Baum, Joel Frahm, Branford Marsalis, Ike Sturm, and worked with top producers, such as Jason Olaine. He has played at nearly all of New York's top jazz clubs and
has toured extensively in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. Jamie released his debut album,
Time with People, an acoustic piano trio recording of original music on the Fresh Sound New Talent label in 2012. His second release,
Counterpart, combines electric and acoustic instruments with studio effects and melodic, thematically linked compositions. Jamie actively plays,
writes, and teaches and accompanies his wife, the singer Melissa Stylianou.
John MacLeod's credentials as a trumpeter/composer/arranger have been firmly established in a distinguished career spanning over thirty years.
He has worked with literally every major figure on the Toronto scene and was a featured soloist with Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass. He has performed on well over fifty
albums and C.D. recordings including Grammy and Juno award winners. John teaches at Humber College, and at the Faculty of Music.
An Indo-Jazz ensemble that explores a unique and captivating combination of creative jazz and Indian classical music. The ensemble features Justin Gray on Bass Veena,
an instrument he co-invented with Canadian luthier, Les Godfrey. Justin’s compositions blend the rich tonal pallet of the Bass Veena with unique percussion instruments and
the rich resonance of pitched Tibetan meditation bowls.
Break of Dawn Mix
Justin Gray is a Juno nominated bassist, composer, producer, recording engineer and educator based in Toronto, Canada. His main influences
include jazz, Indian classical and world music. In 2015, Justin received the Emerging Jazz Artist Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation. Justin is emerging as one of
the first artists to perform traditional Hindusthani Raga music on the bass guitar. In 2010, Justin designed and co-created the Bass Veena, a fretless bass instrument
made specifically for the performance of Raga music.
Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player,
session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman, Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland,
Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College's Music Program in Toronto.
Ravi Naimpally is one of Canada’s leading tabla artists. Naimpally began his study of tabla under the guidance of his uncle the late
Padmabushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh in Mumbai, India. In 1990 he had his "gandabandhan" ceremony and officially became an exponent of the Farukkabad style. Since then
Ravi has continued to study with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Calcutta. After gaining a solid foundation in Hindustani classical music, Ravi has gone on to explore
numerous other world music traditions. Ravi has performed in a wide variety of contexts including Iranian music with Saeid Shambazadhe's Bousheri group, Turkish and
Macedonian music with Brenna MacCrimmon's Altin Yildez Orkestar, world-jazz with Hugh Marsh, and New Music with The Esprit Orchestra. Ravi has also performed and
recorded with Loreena McKennit. Ravi performs across Canada, and around the world, performing in some of Canada’s top world music and jazz ensembles.
Ravi teaches on the faculties of York University and Humber College.
Derek Gray: Since graduating from Humber College's renowned music program, Derek has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching
- including time spent in Ghana, Cuba, Italy, Switzerland, Banff, and Washington. At home in Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman
playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter (a funky-jazz quintet co-lead with his brother, bassist Justin Gray
- (www.graymattermusic.ca), the trans-mediterranean group Ventanas
(www.ventanasmusic.com), and the Indo-Jazz ensemble Monsoon
(www.monsoon-music.com). Derek also facilitates hand drum circles and workshops across the city.
For more info, please visit: www.derekgray.ca.
Jazz n' Pizazz Jane Fair / Rosemary Galloway Quintet
The quintet has chosen to present many original compositions from both Jane and Rosemary as well as traditional favourites.
Rosemary takes big chances. Jane is more restrained. The rest of the band sports contradictory preferences, yet they find a way to co-exist.
Lina Allemano and Nick Fraser both approach the music unfettered. They score very high on the fearless scale and in their hands, the music can go anywhere.
Nancy Walker, our pianist is an ever- vigilant and brilliant accompanist, and she consistently packs serious content into every solo she plays.
Six Will Get You Five
Jane Fair is a Canadian saxophonist, jazzophile and music educator. Mark Miller has called her a jazz pioneer, being one of the earliest female
jazzers in Canada. Currently Jane enjoys a challenging teaching career in Humber College’s Music Programs, working with both young adults and very young jazz students.
Jane completed a Master’s degree in music at U of T in 2001. Past projects include Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band and
Music in Monk Time with Jane Bunnett.
Recordings: The Jane Fair/Rosemary Galloway Quintet: Waltz Out 2002, Playin’ Jane 2010, Jane Fair Quartet,
Chances Are, Cellar Live 2007.
Rosemary Galloway is a jazz bassist, composer and band leader based in Toronto. Her credits include engagements with internationally recognized
musicians such as Terry Clarke, Vic Dickenson, Wild Bill Davison, Buddy Tate, Jay McShann, Jake Hanna, Warren Vache, Spanky Davis, Doc Cheatham, and many others.
Canadian artists include Jim Galloway, Terry Clarke, Ingrid Jensen, Lorraine Desmarais, Jane Bunnett, Pat LaBarbera, Norman Amadio, Kathryn Moses, and Tabby Johnson.
She has composed for and recorded with her own groups The Swing Sisters, Velvet Glove, The Jane Fair/ Rosemary Galloway Quintet, and Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band.
Nancy Walker is a graduate of Humber College's music program, Nancy holds an MA from York University. Thanks to grants from
The Canada Council For the Arts, she has also had the opportunity to study with renowned American pianist/ composers Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Myra Melford.
She has been recognized with honours Canada-wide, including the Montréal Jazz Festival’s Grand Prix de Jazz, the National Jazz Award, a JUNO nomination for
Instrumental Album Of The Year, and an induction into the Mississauga Music Walk Of Fame. She has recorded and performed with the cream of Canada’s jazz crop,
from saxophonist Kirk MacDonald to vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. Her work outside the jazz genre Awards Keyboardist of the Year has included international touring
with children's artist Raffi, balladeer Roger Whittaker, folk singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson, and pop band The Parachute Club. With several discs to her credit as leader.
Her most recent, Til Now Is Secret, Addo Records, showcases ten of her compositions inspired by landscapes, visual art, architecture and more.
"Nancy Walker has played enough piano to know how to keep listeners interested however hard she pushes the boundaries of familiarity." WholeNote Magazine
Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community for over twenty years.
He has performed with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music and with many international artists. Nick is a founding member of
The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for the Toronto improvising community.
Lina Allemano is a Canadian trumpeter, improviser, and composer based in Toronto since 1993, hailing originally from Edmonton Alberta.
She has an active international career, performing and recording cutting-edge contemporary music, primarily in free-jazz, experimental and avant-garde settings.
Lina's trumpet playing, compositions and artistic vision have gained her recognition as being "adventurous, expressive, compelling, forward thinking, inventive and sophisticated."
Lina leads both the Lina Allemano Four and Titanium Riot.
Sonoluminescence Trio Sonoluminescence Trio consists of baritone saxophonist
David Mott, bassist and multi-instrumentalist William Parker, and percussionist Jesse Stewart.
The term "sonoluminescence" refers to a process through which light is produced by sound waves
passing through liquid. Converting sound into light is an apt metaphor for the shared aims of
the band's members:
According to the Boston Globe, “William Parker has emerged as the most
important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.” Similarly, a recent review in UK’s
Jazzwise magazine described Parker as “a monumental pillar of the global free jazz community.”
Internationally acclaimed musician and composer David Mott has been called the “Chopin of the
bari sax,” and was named "Best Jazz Baritone Saxophonist" by Jazz Report Magazine in 1995.
His music crosses the boundaries of style, form and content, from new jazz to classical,
improvised to interpretive, from solo baritone saxophone to orchestral.
Jesse Stewart is a Juno award-winning percussionist, composer, improviser, artist, and
instrument builder. In 2002, One Final Note described him as "one of the finest young drummers
and percussionists on the scene today." In 2015, OttawaJazzScene described him as
"one of the most innovative musicians in Canada."
Together, they form one of the most adventurous trios in contemporary jazz and improvised
Fred Hersch has performed with his favourite trio , bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson since 2009.
Praised in a New York Times Sunday Magazine feature as "singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless,
individualistic jazz—a jazz for the 21st century," he balances his internationally recognized instrumental and composing skills with significant achievements
as a bandleader, collaborator and theatrical conceptualist.
Hersch's influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said
"Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He´s perfection!"
John Hébert, bassist was born in New Orleans, LA. He attended Loyola University from '90 to ‘92, on a scholarship, completing his formal studies
at William Paterson University in New Jersey; he graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Performance in 1994. John moved to New York City and quickly became a highly in demand bassist,
both for live performances and studio sessions. He has established himself as a highly sought-after bassist worked along side world famous artists such as Andrew Hill,
Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler. Hébert credential: he purposely approaches his artistry from a few different angles.
Eric McPherson is a graduate of the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City. The Hartt School awarded Eric a full
scholarship to the school's renowned Jackie McLean Institute where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in music with top honors. He has established himself as a highly
sought-after bassist Eric is a dedicated music educator who, aside from his responsibilities at Hartt, teaches private students, participates in New York City
arts-in-education programs and conducts workshops and master classes worldwide.
Ernie Watts Quintet featuring Adrean Farrugia and Brad Goode
Ernie Watts the two-time Grammy-winner first picked up a saxophone 57 years ago, at 13. He heard John Coltrane at 14 on the album
Kind of Blue, and says, "It was as though someone put my hand into a light socket." At 16, he was a featured soloist with the
Delaware Symphony, but learning jazz by ear. At Boston’s Berklee College of Music on a Downbeat Scholarship, he joined Buddy Rich’s Big Band, toured the world with
them for two years, and recorded two albums with the band.
In 1968 Watts moved to Los Angeles to work in the studios. He did films, TV, and recorded with pop icons such as Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Carole King,
Frank Zappa, all the Motown artists, and many others, plus had 20 years in Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show band, but still regularly played jazz in area clubs.
Charlie Haden asked Watts to join him in Pat Metheny’s Special Quartet. That inspired Watts to move from production music in the studios to live jazz on the road,
his central love in music In 2016, Flying Dolphin Records will release Wheel of Time, with dedication to Charlie Haden.
Believing that music has the power to connect all people, Watts says, "Music is God singing through us."
Adrean Farrugia award winning pianist and composer is one of Canada’s most distinct voices on the piano.Since the late 1990s Adrean has been
in high demand as a freelance performer and teacher. Keeping a busy touring schedule, mainly as a sideman, Adrean has toured extensively. Adrean has performed/recorded
with some of jazz’s greatest and most diverse artists including: Ernie Watts, Curtis Fuller, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Jane Bunnett,
Kenny Wheeler, Pat Labarbera .Adrean is currently pianist for such diverse projects as the Matt Dusk Band, the Brad Goode Quartet, The Ernesto Cervini Quartet
(featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm), The Johnny Griffith Quintet, Kiki Misumi, Tim Shia’s The Worst Pop Band Ever, the Bob Brough Quartet, John Cheesman Orchestra,
and the Darcy Hepner Big Band. Adrean also works regularly with his wife, vocalist Sophia Perlman. Adrean is currently on the faculty of Mohawk College where he teaches
contemporary piano, ensembles and improvisation. He has also served on the faculties of York University and Humber College. As a leader Adrean has released three albums.
His second album Ricochet was nominated for a 2011 Juno award for best contemprary jazz recording. As a composer Adrean has penned more than
30 works to date. Adrean has been a contributing writer to piano guru Larry Fine’s publication The PianoBook, the world's foremost publication
on all things piano.
Brad Goode, Trumpeter, is a unique and instantly recognizable virtuoso. Whether working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man or sideman,
for 25 years he has consistently been one of the busiest performers in the United States. As a youngster, he toured and recorded with Von Freeman, Red Rodney, Al Cohn,
Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Rosemary Clooney and many others. As a Cultural Ambassador for Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he led jazz groups
on tours of Asia and the Middle East. He was named one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s by the Chicago Tribune, who credited him as a "major catalyst in the
revitalization of the Chicago jazz scene." His 15 solo recordings can be heard on the Delmark, Sunlight, SteepleChase and Origin labels.
Neil Swainson from Victoria BC, began working with Paul Horn in 1975, for two years. He also backed up such musicians as Barney Kessel,
Herb Ellis, and Sonny Stitt. In 1977, Neil moved to Toronto. He became very active in the local jazz scene, playing with Canadian greats: Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert,
Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, and many others. He has played with many visiting jazz artists, to name a few: James Moody, George Coleman, Jay McShann, Tommy Flanagan,
Lee Konitz, Joe Farrell, Slide Hampton, and Woody Shaw. Neil travelled and recorded with Woody Shaw, and Neil’s own recording, 49th Parallel,
features Woody Shaw on trumpet and Joe Henderson on saxophone. In 1986 Neil began working with George Shearing. Together, they worked worldwide with many other great artists,
such as Mel Tormé, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Robert Farnon, and Diana Krall. Neil has made numerous recordings with George Shearing, and with a number of other artists.
Several of the recordings on which Neil plays have won Canada’s Juno Award. Neil continues to compose music and freelance extensively in the Toronto.
Terry Clarke, International jazz drummer , was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and began, at age 15, to study formally with noted drum teacher
and author, Jim Blackley. In 1965, Terry moved to San Francisco to work and perform with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy 111 for the next two and a half years.
During that time, the GRAMMY nominated, Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia-1966) was recorded. Relocating to Toronto in the 1970's,
he worked extensively in many areas of the jazz profession. During this time, Terry also toured widely in Europe and Japan with jazz guitar legend Jim Hall and piano great
Oscar Peterson. Terry Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed jazz big band Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass.
In 1985, pursuing more musical challenges in an exclusively jazz –oriented career, Terry moved to New York City. He worked and recorded over 400 albums with various
artists with such Jazz greats as Jim Hall, The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway, Marvin Stamm, Bob Mintzer.
Terry, an enthusiastic jazz educator is a member of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is a familiar face at Jazz Festivals, concert halls and venues throughout
the world. For seven consecutive years, he has been honored as "Drummer of the Year" at the annual National Jazz Awards. Terry is a proud Member of the Order of Canada.
In 2010, Terry released his first album as leader, entitled It's About Time and subsequently won the JUNO for "Best Traditional Jazz Album."
As a jazz educator, Terry Clarke is currently an adjunct professor at The University of Toronto, and in January of 2002, he was honoured as "Drummer of the Year" at the
first annual Canadian National Jazz Awards.
Rich Brown & The Abeng is the latest project from Canadian bassist and composer Rich Brown. The band takes its name from an African instrument
made from a hollowed out cow horn, and used by the Maroons of Jamaica to call the community together for all social gatherings. The music of The Abeng has been described
as highly charged, richly imaginative, and at times poignant. Showcasing some of the finest musicians on the Canadian jazz scene, the band features features Rich
Brown along with Luis Denis - alto saxophone, Kevin Turcotte - Trumpet, Stan Fomin - piano & keys, and Mark Kelso – drums.
This stellar line-up is sure to put on a show that is not to be missed.
Rich Brown, electric bassist has been an active member of Toronto's culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He has since become one of the most
called upon musicians in the country. He currently leads his new band The Abeng, and released his 3rd album Abeng in October of 2015 to critical acclaim.
Rich has also performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world including jazz vocalist Carol Welsman, Jane Siberry, Glenn Lewis, Dapp Theory,
Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Lehman, James 'Blood' Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Bruce Cockburn, Marc Jordan, Kim Mitchell, David Clayton Thomas, and
The Parachute Club to name a few. His distinct lyrical sound can be heard on well over 50 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to traditional music from the Americas,
Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Luis Deniz, alto saxophone was born in Camaguey, Cuba on April 21st, 1983. In 1993, Luis started his musical studies at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte
Luis Casas Romero in his hometown of Camaguey, where he subsequently continued at the Escuela Profesional de Musica Jose White. Luis later moved to the Cuban capital, where he
graduated at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica (ENA), the alma mater of several of Cuba's most prominent musicians. After graduating with high honours, he was awarded
1st place on the international jazz competition JOJAZZ, held in Havana (2003) and also kept a busy schedule, both teaching saxophone at the National School of Music and
playing locally and touring internationally as well. Luis has performed and given workshops all over Cuba, Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Bermuda, Spain, Germany,
France, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Kevin Turcotte, Toronto based freelance trumpeter, has been one of the country’s busiest sidemen for over two decades. Kevin graduated from the
University of Toronto with a BA in Music and attended summer jazz sessions at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas,
and Kenny Werner. He taught in the University of Toronto Jazz Degree program since its inception in the early 1990’s until 2005 when he began teaching Jazz Brass and
Workshops at York University. He has played on over 100 recordings and was an integral part of at least 20 Juno nominated sessions. Whether it is recent outings by Bruce Cockburn,
the funky sounds of Mr. Something Something, the eclectic nature of the Great Uncles of the Revolution or
modern collaborations like Tasa, Kevin brings a passion and creativity to each project.
Kevin has been a long time member of many Canadian jazz groups including Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert, and Time Warp.
He continues to perform with groups like Barry Romberg’s Random Access, Andrew Downing’s Arts and Letters, NOJO, the Sicilian Jazz Project and the Dave Young Octet.
He has been featured on stage with a diverse roster of players such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Don Byron, Brian Blade, Seamus Blake, David Tronzo,
Tito Puente, Curtis Fuller, and Trichy Sankaran.
Stan Fomin (pianist, composer) was born in the Ukraine, where he classically trained in piano, music theory and composition, and in 1967,
obtained a Masters Degree in Music. Upon emigrating to Canada in 1998, he studied contemporary film scoring and production at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto,
shortly thereafter joining the Guild of Canadian Film Composers working as a film and TV composer. He has scored music for Alliance Atlantis, the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, Nelvana, YTV, Barna-Alper Productions, and 529 Films, He has performed all over the world as a pianist and band leader. and collaborated and shared stages
with diverse artists including Herbie Hancock, Eddie Bullen, Liberty Silver, Chris Smith, Paul Christopher, and others. For the past six years, he has been part
of respected jazzman Bob Brough's band.
His orchestrations and arrangements include audio arrangements for a variety of piano play-along books published by Hal Leonard, CD Classics Go Pop for Parry Music (BMG).
Two musicals - The Forest Song and Little Prince for Nazarov National Theatre in Moscow. Stan Fomin is Musical Director
for Papaduke, a genre-defying fusion band led by violinist Vasyl Popadiuk blending traditional Slavic gypsy music with classic pop and jazz. Recently, he joined forces with
well-known Smooth Jazz singer/saxophonist Demo Cates.
Mark Kelso - drums. Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time.
He a skilled percussionist,talented singer, producer and composer. He brings a rare excitement, a wealth of experience and a high degree of professionalism to every project
he works with. Mark plays many musical styles and is one of Canada’s most sought after drummers. Mark has worked with diverse artists such as Gino Vannelli, Pete Townsend,
Michael Bublé, Holly Cole, Peter Murphy ( Bauhaus ) John Scofield, Amy Sky, Randy Brecker, Donny Osmond, Hilario Duran, Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Cusson, Jane Bunnett, Soul Stew,
Carol Welsman, Marc Jordan, Jane Siberry and Shania Twain.
His CD entitled Lost Kingdoms is an exciting blend of African, Brazilian, Celtic and Pop influences. Featuring 12 original compositions
of instrumental and vocal tunes, there is also some fine playing by some of Canada’s finest musicians. Mark says – "I didn’t want to do a typical drummer CD.
I wanted to make sure that above all the music was melodic and that it felt good. I put a lot of thought into the concept of the whole thing and that’s why it took me such
a long time to do it properly. I can honestly say that it’s something that I’m really very proud of." Currently, Mark is Head of the Percussion Department at
Humber College’s School of Music in Toronto.
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Comment from Adrean Farrugia
"What an amazing night. Thank you to Rochelle and Ray for your truly tireless efforts to make it all happen.
What you, and the JPEC crew does is an absolute treasure to the music community. Long live JPEC! :-)
Ernie told me last night after the show that he had a great experience through and through.
He said 'It doesn't get any better than this'. I hope we can do it all again down the road.