Wednesday, March 4, 2009

U of T Grad Ensembles at Arbor Room

A great evening of jazz last night at the Arbor Room - this is Tim Ries' ensemble (under his direction).
That's Steve Ward (trombone), Heather Segger (trombone), Anthony McKnight (bass), Alex Dean (on various saxes) and Mark Segger (drums). Hayoun Lee is not visible on keyboard.
They played a number of original and challenging compositions.
I was realizing this year I have been out to more U of T gigs than Humber, when the reverse was true in previous years....
Here are some serious looking individuals...:)
(Chase Sanborn's group) discussing the set list...Patrick Boyle (trumpet) Jon McCaslin (drums) Rob Fekete (keys) - "Jazzology" guests all...
Nathan Hiltz, a wonderful guitarist chatted with me and kept me company...

This is the second group: Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Ben Dietschi (sax), Patrick Boyle (trumpet), Robin Jessome (trombone) , Rob Fekete (hiding...on keys)...the alto sax player was great...but his name escapes me.

Freddie Hubbard and standards meant for a more "mainstream" experience. Patrick provided fun patter, even introducing the musicians in the style of Bob Parlocha.

Paul Read was there as well, taking many photos. Paul is a wonderful musician/composer/arranger/educator - on staff at the U of T and has headed up the jazz studies program.

Deciding if I have energy to go the Rex tonight for Fabio Ragnelli...if not, he is there all this month on Wednesdays.

Pat Collins' Quartet is also at the Rex on Friday at 9:45...chance to say hello to our Mohawk contact and to hear Mike Murley (the York contact)...

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