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Jazz Notes Wine Tasting Concert
Aug 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wine and jazz? Yes, please! Discover your way through a 5-flight gold medal wine tasting, paired with delectable bites, whilst being serenaded by a trio performing jazz standards. The tunes will be selected by the performers, taking inspiration (and a likely a few sips!) from the selected wines. The lounge provides a cozy yet safe setting for this special and exclusive event.
Karlo Estates invested in the award-winning Lennox Pure Air UV filter system from Lloyds Heating & Cooling, which kills over 90% of airborne viruses and removes 99.9% of all airborne particles. Social bubbles of 2 persons will be seated 6ft apart and appropriate hygiene measures will be taken.
Concert Duration: 90 minutes
Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz composers and performers. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. He has also been nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008. He has performed and recorded with jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Mike Murley, and Hilario Duran. William also enjoys a diverse freelance career and is a regular member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival orchestra. William is a RATH Trombone artist and is an instructor at Humber College and the University of Toronto.
Toronto-born alto and soprano saxophonist Tara Davidson has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. She has produced three recordings as a leader since 2003 and performed on over a dozen recordings as a side person. Davidson’s sophomore CD, Code Breaking, was released in the fall of 2006 and featured JUNO award winners, Mike Murley (tenor saxophone) and David Braid (piano). The 2008 JUNO Awards nominated Code Breaking for “Traditional Jazz Album of the Year”. Davidson’s most significant musical influence has been saxophonist Mike Murley with whom she studied for five years and she is a graduate of the prestigious University of Toronto Jazz Performance Program. Davidson is an instructor at York University in Toronto, ON.
Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and educator born in London, Ontario in 1973. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. He practices the unusual craft of tuning his bass in fifths an octave lower than a cello. His teachers include Jack Winn, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Shauna Rolston and Joel Quarrington.
His own projects span a wide variety of styles and practices. Most recently, he has started a ‘quiet jazz’ ensemble of cello, alto saxophone, lap steel guitar, vibraphone, bass and drums called Otterville that released its first recording in the fall of 2016, which was recently nominated for a Juno Award. It was also on the Longer List for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. He also has a collaborative project in İstanbul, Turkey with ud (Turkish lute) player Güç Başar Gülle that incorporates Ottoman Classical music in a collection of new compositions for ud, cello, percussion and kaval (a Turkish folk instrument). Their first album Anahtarwas released in 2013 to critical acclaim. He also has a collaborative multi-media project with Canadian songwriter John Southworth and visual artist Yesim Tosuner called Easterween featuring songs written by John and arranged by Andrew for his 7-piece chamber ensemble. He also leads his chamber-jazz ensemble Melodeon, which plays live scores for silent films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Phantom of the Opera (with choir), Maciste in Hell, Impossible Voyage and The Shock.
As a composer, Andrew has written pieces for Nordic Folk group Ensemble Polaris, banjo player Jayme Stone, The Vancouver Bach Choir, Ensemble Meduse, Toca Loca and The Prince George Symphony, and has written arrangements for Patricia O’Callaghan, The Gryphon Trio, The Annex Quartet and The Art of Time Ensemble.
He has won two Juno awards, one for his own recording Blow The House Downwith his former group Great Uncles of the Revolution,and one with the Vancouver-based group Zubot and Dawson. He has also won two West Coast Music Awards, a Socan Award, and the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre’s Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.