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Kelly Jefferson

Toronto-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kelly Jefferson has a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Kelly has performed with the The National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Ray Anderson, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Michel LeGrand, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, as well as Ray Brown, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Renee Rosnes, Johnny Mathis, Russell Malone, Joey DeFrancesco, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others. Kelly has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, Thailand, Europe, South Korea and China, including a nine-month tour in 2000 as the tenor saxophonist with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. The Kelly Jefferson Quartet release Next Exit, was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Breathe In; The Inertia of Complacency; Heroyim Slava; Get Up; Goodbye Old Freind; The gift; Breathe Out.


Article: Album Review

Neil Swainson: Fire In The West

Read "Fire In The West" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's hard to believe that 35 years have flown by between the release of bassist Neil Swainson's debut album, 49th Parallel (Concord Jazz), and his second, Fire in the West, recorded in November 2021 and released nine months later. But Swainson was hardly in hibernation during those years, as he has been one of Canada's busiest ...


Article: Album Review

Willliam Carn: Choices

Read "Choices" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The short tune “Breathe" opens Choices, sounding like something holy, in a futuristic, science-fiction way. This is how Canadian trombonist William Carn introduces his album. It is a “do it from home," mostly remotely recorded set, reminiscent—to go back over half a century— of Paul McCartney's first solo album McCartney (Apple Records, 1970). McCartney's impetus for ...


All In

Label: Stubby Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: All In; One Step Ahead; Wait, What?; Watch Your Step; Five's Company; COVID Blues; Walk The Walk; Strange Days; Inside Out; Let's Play.


Fire In The West

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fire In The West; Fool's Gold; Cascades; Standing Back; Fell Among Thieves; Kyushu; Late Afternoon; Near North; Gone Away; Silver Mine



Label: Bent River Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Stone; Dawnstruck; Blue Shift; Showtime: Potter's Wheel; Prismatic; Waking Dream; State of the Union



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Song for Lia; The Nagila Mayster; Beethoven’s 7th Visit to Romania; Steals on Steeles; Between Utopia and Destruction; Rebirth.


Article: Album Review

Noam Lemish: Twelve

Read "Twelve" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The number Twelve has several explicit meanings on Israeli-born composer/pianist Noam Lemish's eighth album as leader of his own ensemble, which is twelve members strong (well, thirteen on the first two numbers, on which Laura Swankey adds wordless vocals, and twenty-five if one counts the thirteen-member chorus on Track 3). Returning to the basic premise, Lemish ...


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Steals on Steeles

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:51


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