•  Thursday, Jun 15th, 2017
     7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Joel Miller

Canadian Juno award winning saxophonist Joel Miller has spent most of his life happily ignoring convention. Be it Jazz, Latin, Classical or Pop, Miller fluidly crosses boundaries, fusing a tapestry of fragments into a new and unique sound.

Winner of the 2013 Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Miller marries his awe-inspiring technique and boundless sense of musical adventure with a pop musician’s desire to make music that moves people. His compositions are inspired by the melodic simplicity and emotional depth of American folk music, and they’ve been praised by Downbeat as “passionate and creative, melodic yet exploratory.”  Miller’s ceaseless drive for originality has led to collaborations with Afro-Peruvian artist Oscar Stagnaro, Latin jazz master Joé Armando, Order of Canada-winning choir director Iwan Edwards, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, cutting edge percussionist and composer Thom Gossage and ground-breaking New Yorkers Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Geoffrey Keezer and Gary Versace, among others. His most recent album, Dream Cassette, with Sienna Dahlen, was released worldwide in June 2016 to rave reviews, reaching # 1 on Reverbnation in jazz in Montreal, #1 on the CFRC jazz charts and #3 on the !Earshot National Jazz Chart! He plans to tour this project over the next year to festivals near and far.

Band members

  • Joel Miller – Saxophone
  • Michelle Gregoire – Piano
  • Paul Johnston – Bass
  • John Buck – Drums

Brett McDonald Quartet

Brett McDonaldMultiple award-winning saxophonist and composer Brett McDonald has performed on saxophones, flutes and clarinets on 6 broadway national tours (Dreamgirls 2012-2013, A Christmas Story: The Musical 2014, 2015, My Fair Lady – China Tour 2016, How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, and 42nd Street 2016-2017). His saxophone playing has been recognized by Downbeat magazine (Student Music Awards 2011), the North American Saxophone Alliance (Jazz Saxophone Competition: semifinalist 2012, alternate finalist 2010) and The National Music Center (2014). His composition, The Beat In Progress, has been recognized by the Jazz Educator’s Network (2011) and ASCAP (2011). He has worked with jazz students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Shanghai Conservatory, bringing his years of study and experience to a new generation of jazz soloists.

Band members

  • Brett McDonald – Saxophones
  • Mark Limacher – Piano
  • Steve Shepard – Bass
  • Jon McCaslin – drums
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