Trombone

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As a trombonist, I prize contexts where I can improvise in different ways. In addition to playing solo, I play with:

Susanna Hood — I write songs for this extraordinary artist who improvises brilliantly both vocally and in dance; we play as a duo and have recorded The Muted Note in this context; she is also a key member of The Disguises and The Rent

Monicker –– Trio with guitarist Arthur Bull (Digby Neck, NS) and drummer Roger Turner (London, England) that toured Eastern Canada in June 2018, recording Spine, due out in late 2018

Karen Ng –– I’ve had the privilege to play with this exceptional musician and superlative human being in Ken Aldcroft’s Convergence Ensemble, Dave Clark’s Woodshed Orchestra, and increasingly, of late, as a duo. We also jointly program the Guelph Jazz Festival.

Togetherness – Woody Epps’s newish band playing joyful music by Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Abdullah Ibrahim, and other admixtures of jazz, kwela, mbanqanga, freedom, and love

The Ratchet Orchestra – Nicolas Caloia’s extraordinary large group, in which I’ve played music by Nicolas, Sun Ra (with Marshall Allen), and Malcolm Goldstein

Jean Derome – I have played with Jean in numerous contexts over the years, and did so notably in several of his projects that comprised “L’année Jean Derome,” programming throughout 2015-16 that celebrated his lifetime achievement award from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Murray Street Band – Many gatherings in private and a few in public with my friend, the late John Heward, at the core

Joust – A long-standing duo with alto saxophonist John Oswald; often, we’ve played with percussionist Germaine “The Glue” Liu, including eight months of weekly 8am ‘breakfast music’ concerts at the old Somewhere There in Toronto, 2009-10

Ensemble SuperMusique – Since 2007, I have played in, written for, and booked and managed tours for this modular Montréal ensemble led by Joane Hétu and Danielle Palardy Roger

Jack Vorvis — I play duets with this wholly original drummer and artist

Lori Freedman – Though we seldom play together as a duo these days, I made a recording of solos and duets in 2007, Plumb on Barnyard Records, with this extraordinary Montréal musician

Ken Aldcroft – I played in Ken’s groups from 2005 until his death in 2016, notably his Convergence Ensemble, and have played on five recordings of his exceptional music. We also recorded a CD of duo improvisations, Red & Blue (Trio Records 2015)