2016 - 2017 Season Events
Concert Series 2017 - Toronto Centre for the Arts
All Concerts Held At The Toronto Centre For The Arts
All Concerts begin at 8:00pm
March 4 - Greenwin Theatre - Quintessential Quintets
Amanda Tosoff Quintet - Barbra Lica Quintet
In addition to working as a freelance musician Mark also works as an educator. He currently teaches privately throughout the GTA and holds the bass instructor position at Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts in Brampton.
Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra – Sophia Perlman vocals The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra
What started out as a three-week-long Big Band engagement in Hamilton's downtown Corktown Pub in 2008, turned into one of the year's most interesting phenomena, (Hamilton Magazine 2008) creating a buzz well outside Hamilton's borders. Since its inception the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra has performed over 100 shows in the GTA. Their first recording "Blues In Another Minute" was released in 2010.
William is a Rath Trombone Artist as well as an instructor for both Humber College and the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program. www.williamcarn.com
His impressive list of credentials includes work with jazz singers Tony Bennett and Mel Tormé, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Uptown Horns, the Brooklyn Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, rocker David Johansen and Broadway star Tom Wopat.
Most recently Darcy has performed and recorded with the Cowboy Junkies, Larry Carlton, two Juno nominated recordings for Tom Wilson's "Lee Harvey Osmond," and as performer/arranger for Ian Thomas' new recording "A Life in Song".
He has worked with, among others, Holly Cole, Colm Wilkinson, and Dave Young. He is member of the jazz rock trio On Topic, Paul Delong's fusion group Bucket of Fish, the Walrus Guitar Quartet, and teaches in the Jazz program at both Humber and Mohawk colleges.
He has appeared as a sideman on approximately fifty recordings. In January, 2005, Pat released his first CD as a leader on Cornerstone Records, entitled "In The Moment" featuring some of Canada’s premier jazz musicians, Mike Murley, Reg Schwager and Barry Elmes. The CD has received rave reviews, including "In The Moment is a CD that's very canon", (Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star). The Pat Collins Quartet was nominated for a 2005National Jazz Award as "Acoustic Group of the Year", "Album of the Year" in 2006, and Pat was nominated as "Acoustic Bassist of the Year" in 2005 and 2006.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Pat is also in demand as an educator and clinician. Pat joined the full time music faculty of Mohawk College, in Hamilton, Ontario in September 2005, and is also very active as a clinician and adjudicator across Canada. He has also taught at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the Humber College Summer Jazz Workshop, and at The Jazz Camp, in Parry Sound. www.patcollinsbass.com
Early choral training, and a knack for picking out harmony nurtured a deep love for singing with others, and Sophia can often be found collaborating with other vocalists – including Terra Hazelton, Julie Michels, Alex Samaras and Tyler Yarema. From 2008-2013, she worked with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s OPERATION KIDS outreach program, and during her tenure worked with close to 2000 elementary aged students in Toronto creating music and opera, as well as instructing two of their choruses for children as young as 3. "Perlman’s approach is all at once soulful, gut-wrenching, funky and provocative". Wholenote Magazine
Her most recent recording, Sophia Perlman & Adrean Farrugia: Alive at Musideum was released in 2012. She is also heard on numerous other recordings – fronting two albums by The Vipers, and as a featured guest on Adrean Farrugia’s Ricochet (JUNO Award nominee, Contemporary Jazz), Brandi Disterheft’s Debut (JUNO Award winner, Traditional Jazz), as well as recordings by The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, Jesse Barksdale, Mike Fields, Chuck Jackson and many others.
Eddie and Quincy Bullen Dueling Pianos is a celebration of a beautiful relationship between a father and son. A relationship that, but for a father’s determination, commitment and love, could have detoured to strife and opposition. It is a reminder that music has a central place in our lives, to inspire us in all ways, including our work.
Eddie Bullen (the father) immigrated to Canada from his native Grenada in the 1970s. He is the son of a musician who not only passed on to his son a deep love and knowledge of music and musicians, but also ensured that he was skilled at taking apart and reassembling every kind of musical instrument.
Two generations are represented in a very fine narrative powerfully presented with two voices, speaking to the timeline of sacrifice to triumph, of one generation passing its best on to the next. And, from the father’s perspective as a renaissance leader, also speaking to the qualities of inspiring others that he wants to pass on to his son. The narrative and the specific musical pieces of Dueling Pianos are deliberately selected to demonstrate the pain and joy in reaching for and attaining excellence. Audiences are treated to masterful renditions of our own Oscar Peterson’s ‘Hymn to Freedom’, of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ and more... arranged for two pianos, as the musicians weave the musical classics of Jazz, Classical, Calypso, Reggae and The Blues into their story, showing how the father prepared his son to understand and embrace his historical roots, the roots of music and the world’s great musicians. For the father his show is his legacy. The son, for his part, shows how this mentoring has shaped his music and his life.
Quincy Bullen (the son) is an accomplished pianist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass, guitar, keys) and singer. Click here for an introduction to Quincy and his father, aptly illustrated in this video aired by CBC.
Extraordinarily talented, with a great sense of timing, Quincy ‘wows’ audiences across Ontario and the Caribbean. His style is jazz with a funky vibe. His repertoire includes his own version of popular standards from jazz, R&B and soul as well as his original compositions. He has been a featured performer at many large music festivals and venues in Canada and the Caribbean. Quincy has been splitting his time between Toronto and LA. He also works as a producer and DJ.
Working with his father, Juno award winning Eddie Bullen, Quincy released his first solo album, On Q, in late 2010. It is mostly original material featuring: Larnell Lewis on drums, Alex Toth on bass and Rob Christian on sax. The CD demonstrates Quincy’s funky jazz vibe and his sensitivity as a composer.
Quincy is also in the process of developing a new album with his Father, Eddie tentatively called, ‘Like Father, Like Son’, which will be their first full-length CD, featuring compositions they have created together. This CD will merge the generations and highlight Quincy’s love of jazz, electronic and house music with his father’s Caribbean and contemporary jazz sensibilities.
Quincy tours with his Dad and is doing gigs with his musical partner, Rob Christian - they call each other 'brothers from another mother'. They receive praise for their camaraderie, multi-instrumental talents, singing and their ever-popular jams.
Quincy is a founding member of the Quintessential Boys (a successful teen-jazz band). Quincy’s band now includes a mixture of up and coming musicians and seasoned jazz professionals.Studio Theatre - Caribbean Jazz Collective
Featuring Eddie Bullen & Joaquin Hidalgo
Pianist Eddie Bullen and percussionist Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, have brought together a group of premier musicians of Caribbean descent to form the collective CJC. The group covers genres from Jamaica through to Trinidad and puts a jazz twist to their repertoire. On the bandstand will be; bassist Andrew Stewart whose background is Jamaican, saxophonist Neil Brathwaite who hails from Montreal via Barbados, steel drum player Gareth Burgess born in Canada with strong Trinidadian roots, Eddie Bullen from the spice Island Grenada, and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo from Cuba to add that hot Latin flavor. The collective always aims to give their audience a few rays of sunshine through the music of the Caribbean.
Since his move to Toronto in 1980 from Grenada, Eddie has worked with major Caribbean, Canadian and American artists like Anslem Douglas, Byron Lee, David Rudder, Liberty Silver, Coldjack, Marisa Lindsay, Glen Lewis, Melba Moore and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He also composes and arranges for City TV, YTV, and Wine TV Australia.
To date Eddie Bullen has produced over 150 albums and is currently working on several new ventures through his record company Thunder Dome Sounds and publishing company QDB music. Eddie is always on the lookout for cutting edge new innovative artists.
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo
Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo was born and raised in Cuba. His early inspiration was his musically gifted father Porfirio Nunez, a former singer/guitarist with one of the oldest Cuban orchestras "Brisas de Nipe".
As a professional artist Joaquin has had a successful music career in Cuba. Performing in numerous music events and festivals, he shared the stage with some of Cuba's most elite musicians like Emiliano Salvador, Juan Pablo Torres and Joel Rodriguez Milor.
Eventually settling in Toronto in 1999, Joaquin quickly became immersed in the local music scene performing as a drummer and percussionist with top Canadian based artists (Jane Bunnett, Bill King, Njacko Backo, Caribbean Jazz Collective, Eddie Bullen, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa), performing in many of the festivals (Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival) across the country as well as internationally.
Joaquin recently finished a stint in the Toronto production of "Dirty Dancing" at the Royal Alex. He is also the leader and musical director of the Afro-Cuban percussion ensemble "Rumba Iyabo" and the traditional Cuban music group "Cubanos". Joaquin also teaches percussion and hand drum technique in the "Soul Drums" music program.
JPEC is proud to present a tribute to
Ed Bickert, Canada’s jazz guitar emeritus
Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC),
and produced by Al Gorman and Joao Carvalho
will be held in conjunction with the
release of a new CD - Edification A Tribute To Ed Bickert .
The CD and the concert feature some of Canada's
greatest jazz musicians at Hugh's Room Live
Sunday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
Rob Piltch, Reg Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, Neil Swainson, Kieran Overs, Terry Clarke, Davide Direnzo and Barry Elmes got together in Joao Carvalho’s Revolution Studio and gave their time and talent to make the CD. Released by Cornerstone Records, the recording and the event features trios led by Rob Piltch, Reg Schwager and Lorne Lofsky, three of Toronto’s greatest guitarists. They are joined by the others on bass and drums.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. With an advance ticket, you can buy the CD on the evening for $15.
Tickets can be purchased from:
Hugh's Room Live: www.hughsroom.com, 416-533-5483 - Visa accepted.
Hugh's Room: 2261 Dundas St W.
For further information contact:p
Nancy Miller, Marketing Director, JPEC
"Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band" Raises the Roof at TCA
Barry Thomson, photographer
It was a night to remember.
On Saturday, October 21, Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band blew the house down at Toronto Centre for the Arts’ Studio Theatre. From jazz students to jazz seniors, the group held the audience transfixed for over two hours.
The group consisted of Harry Allen, Vincent Herring, Grant Stewart and Gary Smulyan on sax, plus rhythm section of Ehud Asherie on piano, Kevin Kanner on drums and Joel Forbes on bass.
From standards to Harry’s own compositions, the band came together like a well-oiled machine, going from one full harmonious sound to far-out improvisation from each player, finally bringing the music back to finish with an exciting flourish.
After the performance all the band members came to the lobby to sign CDs and talk to the audience. Among others, the band’s latest CD, The Candy Men was a big hit.
Harry Allen Workshop Overflows with Saxophonists and SoundThe day started off with a JPEC sponsored Harry Allen saxophone workshop at 10 a.m.
Long and McQuade, Toronto’s first name in music, took care of space and coordination of the event. With overflowing capacity, the workshop was attended by professional saxophones players and novices alike. The questions were thoughtful and were answered with real information on how to get more out of their instruments.
To allow the audience to meet him personally, Harry stayed on to give personal advice including to this budding saxophonist in the audience.
Harry’s easy-going manner and his useful tips warmed the audience immediately. He told the audience that he started his music career on the accordion which gave him a basic knowledge of chords. His father was a big influence and they played together, his father on the drums and Harry on the accordion. Being blessed with perfect pitch gave him an advantage, he said. "Not everyone has it so they have to learn everything from scratch. It’s harder for them."
Asked what his favourite players are, Harry’s immediate response was Ben Webster, followed by Stan Getz and Paul Gonsolves.
One workshop participant wanted to know about improvisation; how it works and how to achieve it - a question many musicians wonder about. It seems so easy for some and yet, completely foreign for others.
Harry's answer was that improvisation isn’t just doing what you want any time. “Improvisation is about making sure you can always find a way to lead back to where you want to go,” he said. "Think about it in advance…so you can get back to where you started."
At Harry's request for saxophonists to come forward, Shannon Chapman, who works at Long and McQuade, came forward and together Shannon and Harry played 'There will never be another you'. Immediately moving in with harmonies and crossovers, it was clear that Shannon had a special talent and won a huge round of applause from the audience.
JPEC presents Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band
comes to Toronto October 21, 2017
Award winning performers with international fame accompany Harry Allen at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on October 21, 2017.
Tickets are available week of August 29 and will sell out fast.
Booking and Tickets: TCA/Ticketmaster
www.vincentherring.com Letter from Harry Allen Dear Jazz Fan
On Saturday night, October 21st, my All-Star New York Saxophone Band performed a sold-out concert in the Studio Theatre of the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The show was presented by Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) and the response was amazing.
When Rochelle Koskie, co-founder of JPEC, first contacted me about this concert, I did not know that JPEC was a non-profit organization. I learned that next year is JPEC's 10th anniversary. For the last 10 years they have been delivering top-notch jazz performances to people like you. But as a non-profit, that's not all they do. Every year, JPEC delivers approximately 35 workshops to students in underserved schools in Ontario including school with little or no music program. JPEC contacts teachers, organizes and pays the musicians and makes sure the kids have a great learning experience.
I also found out that even though JPEC sells tickets to its events, they assume a loss on every one because their purpose is not to make money but to keep jazz alive. Ticket prices are generally $35 and $20 for students. JPEC receives support from sponsors but to make sure they offer the best in performance and education, they need your help.
My purpose in writing you today is to ask you to consider supporting JPEC with a personal donation. Any amount is important and JPEC provides a tax receipt for nay amount over $25. Learning about JPEC first hand this month has convinced me that they are a strong supporter of jazz - from performance to education to preservation and well worth your time and money.
Thanks for listening. And if you didn't hear me on October 21, come on down to New York.
To donate, go to JPEC's website, www.jazzcentre.ca/supportJPEC.html and click on donations.
You may also send a cheque payable to JPEC.
c/o Raymond Koskie, 20 Queen Street West Suite 900, Box 52, Toronto Ontario M5H 3R3
Harry Allen firstname.lastname@example.org