Jazz Performance and Education Centre


2016 - 2017 Season Events

JPEC Concert Series Graphic 2017

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

Amanda Tosoff - piano
Amanda Tosoff
Amanda Tosoff is Toronto-based jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. Amanda has released five recordings that showcase her own original compositions, the most recent of which is Words (2016), a recording of compositions featuring the work of Canadian poets. Amanda currently maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule in Toronto.
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Alex Goodman - guitar
Alex Goodman
Winner of first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), "a jazz phenomenon the world over" (Birmingham Times) and "among the best in jazz today" (Improvijazzation). In 2013. Alex's CD Bridges was nominated for a JUNO as Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. He has recorded and performed with artists such as John Patitucci, Dick Oatts and Charles Lloyd.
Felicity Williams - vocals
Felicity Williams
Felicity Williams is a Toronto-based musician who sings. Since graduating from York's music program in 2006, she has been collaborating widely in the city's music community. She has toured internationally with many projects including Bahamas, Hobson's Choice, Bernice (Robin Dann), and Alex Goodman's Chamber Quartet with Andrew Downing and Michael Davidson. She is currently developing a duo project with guitarist Justin Haynes and completing a collection of songs based on the poems of Al Purdy.
Jon Maharaj - base
Jon Maharaj
Jon Maharaj is a bass player from Toronto. He has played / recorded with Emilie-Claire Barlow, Allison Au, The Tenors, Amanda Tosoff, Dione Taylor, Michael Occhipinti, Marvin Hamlisch, Matt Stevens, Harley Card, Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Denzal Sinclaire, Rez Abassi, The Tenors, Mark Masri, Kellylee Evans and many others. In 2016 he played bass on two JUNO winning albums: Forest Grove by Allison Au and Juno nominated recording "The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey", and appeared on the double platinum selling record "The Perfect Gift" by the Tenors, and Clear Day by Emilie-Claire Barlow. He has worked extensively in theatre as well and played bass in the Toronto productions of Rock of Ages (Mirvish), Cats (Mirvish) Anything Goes (Mirvish) and Jersey Boys (Dancap). Jon is also bass faculty at Humber College where he has taught since 2003.
Morgan Childs - drums
Morgan Childs
Morgan Childs is a drummer, living in Toronto since 2009. He has built an international career as a performer and educator with some of the world’s finest musicians. Morgan is highly regarded among his peers for his deep swing feel, sensitivity, versatility and musicality, as well as his reverence for jazz history and wide-ranging musical vocabulary. Showing enviable versatility, Morgan is also a noted composer and bandleader and grew up in a musical family and eventually earned a degree in jazz performance from Capilano University. Morgan has recorded, performed, and toured with many notable jazz artists including Phil Dwyer, Brandi Disterheft, Robi Botos, Zach Brock, Kelly Jefferson, David Restivo, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Ingrid Jensen and Laila Biali.
Barbra Lica Quintet
Barbra Lica - vocals
Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica is a Toronto-based jazz singer-songwriter. Shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto, Barbra was runner-up in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in New York City. Now a seasoned live act on the Canadian club and festival circuit, Barbra has also been billed as an opening act for Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, and Terence Blanchard. Her newest album, "I'm Still Learning", was released October 2016 with legendary Canadian jazz label Justin Time Records.
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Will Fisher - drums
Will Fisher
Nova Scotia born, Toronto-based drummer, Will Fisher has been named a "bright light on the cusp of a great career" by CBC Radio. Known for his musical versatility, Will has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and performed with Aidan Knight, Barbra Lica, Joel Miller, Joshua Van Tassel, Jim Lewis, Kirk MacDonald, Mike Downes, Nancy Walker and Zachary Lucky to name a few. As leader, his debut album "Portage" was nominated for ECMA Jazz Recording of the Year.
Joel Visentin - piano
Joel Visentin
Joel grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba developing a love of the piano at a young age. Later he moved to Toronto to study at Humber College where he graduated with honours in 2010. Joel has now become a staple of Toronto’s multi-faceted music scene and has found himself touring all over Canada as well as internationally to Japan, India and Cambodia. His credits as a side musician and band leader are numerous and at present he can be seen backing up Juno Awarding winning Canadian blues icon Jack Dekeyzer as well as accompanying rising star Jazz vocalist Barbra Lica.
Tom Fleming - guitar
Tom Fleming
Mark Godfrey - bass
Raised in rural Southwestern Ontario, Mark Godfrey is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program. After moving to Toronto in 2006 he began studying Canadian bassists: Jim Vivian, Rich Brown and Dave Young. A participant in the 2010 Banff Centre for the Arts Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Mark regularly works with a variety of Toronto-based ensembles in addition to his own group, Pram Trio. These include: Roarshaq, Ian Sinclair’s “A Series of Tubes,”, the Teri Parker Group, the Mackenzie Longpre Septet, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Mike Butlin Band and the Yukon-based rock group Speed Control among others.

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.

March 18 - Studio Theatre - Ella Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Tribute
Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra – Sophia Perlman vocals
The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra
Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra
Formed in January 2008 the DHJO has established itself as one of the premier jazz orchestras in Canada featuring stellar players who individually have performed with music legends such as Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Tito Puente, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Manhattan Transfer and many others.

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.

Shawn Moody - trumpet
Shawn Moody
Since graduating from the Humber College music program in 1983, Shawn has been an active freelance trumpet player/teacher in the GTA. Some of the notable artists he has had the pleasure of working with include: Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Diana Krall, Carol Welsman, Frank Sinatra Jr. Shawn has also been very active in various musical theatre “pits” in Toronto (Mirvish productions), Niagara-on-the-Lake (Shaw Festival) and the Stratford Festival
Brigham Phillips - trumpet
Brigham Phillips
Brigham Phillips has been on the Toronto music scene for 35 years as a player (piano and trumpet), bandleader, teacher, producer, composer and arranger, performing jazz, pop, Dixieland, theatre and orchestral music. His CD "And It Really Was" featuring Canadian jazz greats Guido Basso and Mike Murley was nominated for a Juno in 2002 and won Brigham the National Jazz Award for Producer of the Year.
Mike Malone - trumpet
Mike Malone
As a trumpet player and composer/arranger, Mike Malone has been part of the Canadian Jazz music scene since the early 1970’s. He has recorded with Nimmons ‘N’ 9 plus 6. The Ted Moses Quintet, Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Ted’s Warren Commission, The Alex Dean Quintet and John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra. He was a member of the music faculty at Mohawk College in Hamilton for 25 years and currently directs the Jazz Band at McMaster University.
Ron Baker - trumpet
Ron Baker
Ron first started studying music / trumpet at the age of ten. Early days saw him play in a variety of music groups, bands and orchestras including the Mohawk College Jazz Ensemble. He is a student of the Humber College Music Program. Over the years, Ron has performed with many musically diverse ensembles. His career took him into music recording, advertising, television and event production. He continued to show his passion for music in the work he created, including writing theme music for a television series and commissioning songs and arrangements for various shows. Ron’s passion for big band jazz was rekindled when Darcy Hepner, one of his closest friends, asked him to step up to play in his Jazz Orchestra.
Phil Gray - trombone
Phil Gray
Phil Gray, Trombone, is a freelance musician doing his thing in the rat race called Toronto. He studied music at Humber College and at the University of Miami. In the states he has toured with Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. In Canada he's been featured with David Clayton-Thomas, Crowbar, Hilario Duran, Gary Morgan, and of course with the amazing and unpredictable Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra.
William Carn - trombone
William Carn
Juno nominated trombonist, composer, clinician, William Carn has emerged as one of Canada's leading contemporary jazz composers and performers. He has performed and recorded with jazz artists such as Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Miguel Zenon, Joel Frahm, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Mike Murley, and Hilario Duran.

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

Christian Overton - trombone
Christian Overton
Originally from Sudbury Ontario, Christian Overton is now one of the most in demand trombonists and composers in Toronto in every scene from jazz and rock to salsa, R&B, theatre work and everything in between. He completed a degree from Humber College and a Masters degree from the University of Toronto. He has his own acclaimed group "The Christian Overton Quintet" and runs a jazz orchestra featuring local Toronto writers called "The Composer’s Collective Big Band".
Bob Hamper - trombone
Bob Hamper
Bass trombonist/vocalist Bob Hamper began his career in his native Vancouver while earning a B.Mus. from UBC, singing on CBC radio and TV shows and playing in the nightclub/studio/concert venues in both the jazz and classical genres. Since moving to Toronto he has been in demand not only as a studio/freelance trombonist/vocalist but also as an educator, initiating and directing the Jazz Choir programs at both Mohawk College and York University.
Darcy Hepner - saxophone
Darcy Hepner
A seasoned performer, accomplished composer and respected educator, Hamilton native Darcy Hepner has worked with such legendary figures as B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Sergio Mendes and Henry Mancini. From 1985-1989 he taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and from 1996-2005 Darcy lived in New York, working in the Big Apple jazz scene as well as on various Broadway and off-Broadway shows. From 1999-2004, he toured as a regular member of the world renowned jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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".

Simon Wallis - saxophone
Simon Wallis
Simon Wallis performed with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Platters, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Solomon Burke, Gino Vanelli, Mel Torme, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Red Skelton, Rich Little, Don Rickles, and a member for 26 years with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse.
Michael Stuart - saxophone
Michael Stuart
Michael Stuart has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the World, including the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Pepper Adams, Sam Rivers, Jimmy McGriff and Clark Terry. In 1977/78 Michael toured Europe with the Great Elvin Jones as a member of 'Jazz Machine' and he appears on the Elvin Jones recording 'Remembrance'. Michael has performed all over the United States with numerous music legends including Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Martha Reeves, Rosemary Clooney, The Temptations, The Four Tops, David Clayton-Thomas and Lighthouse to name a few.
Jeff King - saxophone
Jeff King
Juno award winning musician Jeff King is a Toronto-based saxophonist that for the past 25 years has performed all over Canada, the U.S., and internationally. Along with running his own band, he has performed and recorded with the likes of Paquito D' Rivera, Paul Shaffer, Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker, Paul Anka, Lonnie Smith, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Jeff Healey, Joey DeFrancesco, Lorne Lofsky, Hilario Duran, Wayne Newton, Jackie Richardson, David Braid, Joel Haynes, Keiran Overs, Rich Brown, Alexis Baro, Robi Botos, Doug Riley, Archie Alleyne, and pretty much everyone else in the Canadian jazz scene. He has recorded three albums of his own and is currently the leader of his new band "Catalyst", featuring Luis Deniz, Ted Quinlan, Rich Brown and Mark Kelso. Jeff is a P. Mauriat Saxophones, and D'Addario/Rico endorsed artist: www.pmauriatmusic.com/artists/artist/100-jeffking.
Terry Basom - saxophone
Terry Basom
Terry Basom is a freelance clarinet, saxophone and flute player. Over the years Terry has had the pleasure of backing up such diverse artists as Boz Scaggs, The Pointer Sisters, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole. He has been a member of pit orchestras including, Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Theatre Aquarius, and Drury Lane. Symphony Orchestras include, Hamilton Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Niagara Symphony.
Kim Ratcliffe - guitar
Kim Ratcliffe
Kim Ratcliffe, guitarist, has close to 40 years experience covering a wide variety of musical endeavors and worlds. As a teenager, he was playing six nights a week in bar bands, studying classical guitar, and discovering jazz teacher, and composer in Toronto, jazz and rock player, with interests covering fusion, blues, art/chamber music, roots music, pop, Indian, folk music from near and far, Americana, R&B, free playing. He tries to keep learning and growing as a musician, and to be open to new experiences. He loves to hear the latest things that are happening and at the same time always be checking out the 'tradition'. He also loves to share what he’s got, so his website is for students, other players and listeners, with the intent of sharing some of the music and influences that have made such an impact on him personally.

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.

Adrean Farrugia - piano
Adrean Farrugia
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 He 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. He 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 contemporary 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.
Pat Collins - bass
Pat Collins
Pat Collins was raised in Qualicum Beach, B.C. He attended Malaspina College in Nanaimo, B.C., and in 1986 received a grant from the Canada Council to attend the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Ma., where he studied for two years. In 1988, Pat moved to Toronto, where he has been very active on the Canadian jazz scene, performing with great musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Ed Bickert, RobMcConnell, Moe Koffman, Oliver Jones, Peter Appleyard, Diana Krall, Don Thompson, and many others.

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

Kevin Dempsey - drums
Kevin Dempsey
Kevin Dempsey has been a professional drummer for the past 25 years. He received his musical education from Mohawk College and York University and also furthered his studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Following that Kevin received a Canada Council ‘B‘ grant to continue studying in New York City under the tutelage of Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Joe Morello and Gene Jackson. Since then Kevin has established himself in the Toronto Jazz scene and has performed and recorded with some of Canada's best Jazz musicians. He was a founding member of the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, frequently performed with Peter Appleyard's Quintet and big band, Paul Read's Jazz Orchestra and is a featured performer with Guido Basso’s Jazz cruises. Kevin has also performed with Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Ranee Lee, Kevin Eubanks, Muhal Richard Abrams and Dave Holland. Kevin composes music and leads his own Quintet and can be also heard on numerous Jazz recordings frequently played on CJRT. Kevin has been on the faculties at Mohawk College and McMaster University for the past 22 years.
Sophia Perlman - vocalist
Sophia Perlman
Since completing her studies at Humber College in Toronto, Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario jazz and blues scene. Her musicality, old-soul voice and skill as an improviser have made her a first-call featured singer with some of the top ensembles and musicians in the country. In addition to performing and touring with her own quartet, she is found performing regularly with numerous artists and ensembles, including Adrean Farrugia, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, The Toronto Rhythm Initiative, The Vipers, and Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band.

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.

April 8 - Studio Theatre - Dueling Pianos - Father and Son
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.

Dueling Pianos Mashup

Studio Theatre - Caribbean Jazz Collective
Featuring Eddie Bullen & Joaquin Hidalgo

Caribbean Jazz Collective
Eddie Bullen, Andrew Stewart, Neil Braithwaite, Joaquin Hidalgo, Gareth Burgess

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.

Eddie Bullen - pianist, songwriter, arranger, producer
Eddie and Quincy Bullen
Eddie Bullen is, in every way, a standout amongst the latest generation of multi-talented artists. Eddie's lengthy career has yielded an abundance of awards and recognition for his outstanding talents. From his first album, 'Nocturnal Affair' to his most recent Spice Island, Eddie gives his audience a taste of contemporary jazz, flavoured with Caribbean and Latin rhythms.

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

Ed Bickert
Ed Bickert Citation
The tribute, presented by
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

Harry Allen Poster with Rochelle
Barry Thomson, photographer

Harry Allen Poster

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 Sound

The 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 Allen 1

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.

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JPEC presents Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band
comes to Toronto October 21, 2017

Jazz Journal Harry Allen

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

Four Brothers
The One for You
Blues in the Morning
Harry Allen
Harry Allen: In 1989, he graduated from Rutgers with a degree in jazz tenor saxophone. While at Rutgers, Allen got his first gig with the help of master bass player Major Holley, where he replaced Zoot Sims at a studio recording with John Bunch, George Masso, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Ruby Braff. During the session, Dizzy Gillespie dropped by. Quite heady company for a young tenor player doing his first recording. Three of his discs have been awarded a Gold Disc by Swing Journal Magazine and his CD Tenors Anyone won both the Gold Disc and New Star awards. Allen's musical inspiration and interpretive approach come from the giants and innovators of mainstream saxophone, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Illinois Jacquet, and Lester Young.
Ehud Asherie
Ehud Asherie was called "a master of swing and stride" by the New Yorker. Born in Israel in 1979, Asherie lived in Italy for six years before his family moved to New York. Though he began playing piano as a child, his passion for jazz came later—with a Thelonious Monk cassette tape—and his first visit to Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village. Largely self-taught, or rather, “old-schooled,” Asherie learned the ropes at Smalls, spending the wee small hours of his early teens becoming a fixture of the late-night jam sessions. Mentored by the late Frank Hewitt, Asherie began to develop “his virtuosity and his ear for clean, crisp lines“ (The Star-Ledger).
Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan joined Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd in 1978. After moving back to NYC in 1980 he sooner joined the Mel Lewis jazz Orchestra of which he is still a member 37 years later. His playing is marked by an instantly recognizable sound, a deep harmonic conception, a fierce sense of swing and a dry sense of humor. He has recorded over 150 recordings as a sideman and 12 as a leader, most recently "Alternative Contrafacts" to be released in February 2018 on the Steeplechase label featuring bassist David Wong and drummer Rodney Green. He is a perennial winner of the Down Beat Critics and Readers polls, Jazz Times Critics and Readers Polls and the Jazz Journalist Award for baritone saxophonist of the year. He is on faculty at SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers University.
Grant Stewart
Grant Stewart was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 4, 1971, and moved to New York City at the age of nineteen studying with masters such as Donald Byrd and Barry Harris. In New York, Stewart can be found playing at such clubs as Smalls, Lincoln Center, Birdland, SMOKE, The Kitano, The Jazz Standard and many more. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil, and Taiwan. He was also one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition Grant was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museums’ Jazz series with his trio including drum legend Jimmy Cobb. He has performed internationally with Jimmy Cobb, Harold Mabern, Louis Hayes and many more.
Joel Forbes
Joel Forbes, an accomplished master of the acoustic bass was born in 1956. He has held a place on the NY jazz scene for over 35 years. With tours throughout the US, Europe, Japan and Australia Joel has achieved international recognition.Joel can be heard on over 30 cd's. Joel has played and / or recorded with among others... Buck Clayton, Jon Hendricks, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Jeff Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Charles Macpherson, Doc Cheatham and Dave Mckenna.
Kevin Kanner
Kevin Kanner, a native of Southern California, has recorded with John Pizzarelli, Harry Allen, Paul Anka, Bill Holman (including 2006 and 2007 Grammy® nominated recordings), Gilbert Castellanos, Melissa Morgan, Annie Sellick, Rebecca Kilgore, The Bud Shank Big Band, Josh Nelson and Michael Buble. Kevin has also toured and performed with many artists and including John Pizzarelli, Maureen McGovern, The Gilbert Castellanos Quintet, The Bill Holman Band, The Gerald Clayton Trio, The Clayton Brothers, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Goldings, Charles McPhearson, Benny Green, Bob Hurst, Peter Washington, Dominic Faranacci, Carolyn Leonhart, Larry Goldings, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Trio, Laurence Hobgood, Bob Hurst, Joe Magnarelli, Helen Sung, Monty Alexander.
Vincent Herring
Vincent Herring started playing saxophone at the age of 11 in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick’s School of Music in Vallejo, CA. At the age of 16, Herring was studying at California State University at Chico on a music scholarship. Vincent moved to New York City in early 1980's and first toured in the United States and Europe as part of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. He and Nat Adderly forged a nine-year musical relationship producing nine albums and touring the world. Vincent’s guest soloist appearances include performances with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and Jon Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band. Vincent leads a band called Jazz The Story with Jon Faddis, Jeremy Pelt Steve Turre, James Carter, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne, Kenny Davis, Carl Allen and Nicolas Bearde.
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

Your truly,
                   Harry Allen Signature

Harry Allen      harry@harryallenjazz.com

JPEC at a Glance
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