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, 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
Saturday, May 2, 2020
The Dean McNeill Septet presents Guido Basso's "Lost in the Stars"
From Saskatoon, SK
Join Canadian flugelhorn/trumpet artist Dean McNeill as he pays tribute to Canada’s premier flugelhornist Guido Basso through performing repertoire from Guido’s Juno Award winning CD “Lost in the Stars.” With arrangements by Phil Dwyer (from Guido’s CD), Dean and his Calgary-based musical colleagues will present jazz standards and original repertoire with all repertoire accompanied by string quartet, jazz bass and jazz piano, in an intimate up-close-and-personal musical mosaic.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Kavita Shah and François Moutin
From New York & France
Interplay was recently nominated for a Victoire del la Musique (French Grammy Award) for Album of the Year. Through a repertoire of standards and originals, Shah and Moutin embrace agility, spontaneity and lyricism through the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice.