Sunday, January 19, 2020
An Evening with Adrean Farrugia and Joel Frahm
From Ontario / New York
Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia partners with New York City’s finest, saxophonist Joel Frahm, for an intimate evening of duets.
Juno award winner Adrean Farrugia has played on over 40 albums, 4 as a leader. He first met New York saxophonist Joel Frahm in 1990 and a creative musical connection was formed that lead to the release of their 2018 duo album, Blued Dharma. Joel Frahm is recognized as one of the finest saxophone players on the scene today.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
From Toronto, ON
Harrison^2 (Harrison squared) is a Toronto-based modern jazz quartet that features two up-and-coming instrumentalists, Harrison Vetro and Harrison Argatoff, alongside two mainstays of the Canadian jazz scene, Mike Murley and Steve Wallace.
The group hatched from a chance encounter between Vetro and Wallace in early 2016, at the University of Toronto, while Vetro’s drum teacher (Nick Fraser) was on tour. Wallace was asked to sub in for a lesson, with the aim of offering his wealth of experience and some new perspective. Argatoff was invited to join them at the end of the lesson and play some music as a trio. The band formed in September 2016, when the two Harrisons landed a gig at The Rex in Toronto and asked Mike Murley and Steve Wallace to join them.
Harrison^2 is touring across Canada in the winter 2020, in support of their debut full length album. They perform at BJP on February 20, 2020.
Harrison Vetro – drums
Harrison Argatoff – tenor saxophone
Mike Murley – tenor saxophone
Steve Wallace – bass
Saturday, January 25, 2020
The Sam Taylor Quartet featuring Larry McKenna
From New York, NY
Hailed by All About Jazz as “wise beyond his years” and “remarkable” by Toronto Music Report, Philadelphia native, New York-based saxophonist Sam Taylor brings one of his heroes, saxophone legend, Larry McKenna, to BuckingJam Palace on January 25, 2020. Philadelphia tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna has played with Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and countless others. Sam Taylor released his second album, Along The Way, featuring Larry McKenna in November 2017. Joining them are two top tier New York musicians: Grammy Award winning bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Pete Van Nostrand.
Sam Taylor – tener saxophone
Larry McKenna – tenor saxophone
Paul Sikivie – bass
Pete van Nostrand – drums
Saturday, March 21, 2020
The Claire Devlin Quartet
From Montreal, QC
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Claire Devlin is a Montreal-based saxophonist and composer. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Rising Young Star award at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, as well as receiving a scholarship to attend McGill University. Claire graduated from McGill in 2016 with a degree in Jazz Performance, having studied with musicians such as Chet Doxas, Rémi Bolduc, Frank Lozano, and pianist Jean-Michel Pilc. She also attended the Banff Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in 2017, where she met and studied with many wonderful musicians including Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, Tyshawn Sorey, Jen Shyu, Gretchen Parlato, and Gary Bartz.
The Claire Devlin Quartet performs at BJP on March 21, 2020, featuring music from their newly recorded debut album.
Claire Devlin – saxophone
Roman Munoz – guitar
Mathieu McConnell-Enright – bass
John Buck – drums