2nd Season

P.J. Perry

The internationally renowned alto saxophonist and composer is a two-time Juno-award-winner.

"A fiery, absolute pure and irresistible bebopper."
Downbeat Magazine

Michel Donato

Montreal's reigning king of jazz bassists is internationally known for his technique and virtuosity.

"Wonderfully propulsive playing, dark and sturdy... audaciously spry in its rhythmic and melodic daring"
Mark Miller

Kenny Wheeler

The legendary comoser, trumpeter, amnd flugelhorn player has influenced a generation of Canadian jazz.

"His haunting, vibratoless flugelhorn lends an utterly distinctive sound. This is dark and very beautiful music."
Gene Lees

1st Season

Paul Bley

One of the founding fathers of free jazz, Montreal-born Paul Bley is one of jazz piano's true innovators

"Deeply original and aesthetically agressive, Mr. Bley long ago found a way to express his long, elegant, voluminous thoughts in a manner that implies complete autonomy from its given setting but isn't quite free jazz. The music runs on a mixture of deep historical knowledge and its own inviolable principles."
Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Oliver Jones

Born in Montreal three blocks away from the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones is one of Canada’s finest musicians.

"The fleet-fingered Canadian pianist Oliver Jones is a swinging, two-fisted pianist, updating the style of Art Tatum with a few nods to be-bop harmony.... A jet stream of lines and runs and filigree.... his playing depends on the joys of sheer velocity, and it keeps dispensing fireworks."
Jon Pareles, New York Times

Joe Sealy

Pianist and composer Joe Sealy has performed with Joe Williams, Milt Jackson, and “Blood Sweat and Tears” among many others. The Halifax Daily News called his 1997 Juno Award winning composition Africville Suite
"... the most important jazz album released in Canada this year!"

Guido Basso

One of Canada's most charismatic and influential jazz musicians, this great trumpeter and flugelhornist has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over four decades. From Vic Damone and Louis Bellson to the Boss Brass, he has played with the aristocracy of the jazz world and has been called "one of the world's great brass artists."

Don Thompson

The outstanding multi-instrumentalist widely known internationally for his touring with the John Handy Quintet, the Jim Hall Trio and George Shearing is also revered in Canada as a composer and teacher.

"An icon of the Canadian jazz scene" (The Jazz Review)

Terry Clarke

One of the most respected drummers in jazz, he has recorded over 300 albums and toured with the Jim Hall Trio, Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilemans, John Handy, Oscar Peterson and many others.

"a style distinctly his own, identifiable by its deftness of touch,
its quiet bustle and its propulsive swing"
(Mark Miller)