Tickets $52 at the door – St. Mark’s Church
Back by popular demand, award winning Canadian jazz luminaries, John Sherwood (piano) Dave Young (bass) and Terry Clarke (drums) are joined by Kevin Turcott on trumpet.
Born in Oakville Ontario in 1961 and raised in St. Catharines, John Sherwood is among the top jazz pianists in Canada today. His strong foundation in classical music is apparent, but does not overshadow his ability to swing. "In the town in southern Ontario where I grew up, there is an outstanding young pianist named John Sherwood." wrote Gene Lees in The Jazz Letter. Hugh Fraser of The Spectator stated that "Sherwood is firmly of the Oscar Peterson school. His feature, I'm Falling in Love With Love was music that was beautifully constructed, brilliantly executed and of deeply lyrical quality and he swung mightily all evening long.". John appeared regularly with Peter Appleyard and has also performed or recorded with Moe Koffman, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Jake Hanna, Kenny Wheeler, Butch Miles and Bucky Pizzerelli.
Winnipeg-born and Toronto-based award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony or as an integral member of a jazz trio, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig compelled him to pick up the bass. As a classical musician, he has played with orchestras in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Hamilton. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. In addition to performing, Dave is a dedicated jazz educator who teaches at music seminars and jazz clinics. He is a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. Dave Young was recently named a member of the Order of Canada.
Drummer Terry Clarke was born on August 20, 1944 in Vancouver and was twelve years old when he began studying formally with drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley. In 1965, Clarke moved to San Francisco to work with the legendary saxophonist, John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time the GRAMMY-nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia – 1966) was made. Following that, Clarke joined the world-famous, GRAMMY-winning pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension”. Clarke left “The Fifth” in 1970, and relocated to Toronto. For the next fifteen years, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, often working with international jazz figures such as Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During this time, Clarke also toured extensively with the late jazz guitar legend, Jim Hall and the late piano great, Oscar Peterson. Clarke is well known as an original member of the world-acclaimed, GRAMMY and JUNO-winning jazz big-band, “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass”, with which he recorded and toured for twenty-five years. In 1985, Clarke moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilmans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway and the late Joe Roccisano (just to name a few). Clarke has recorded well over 300 albums with various jazz artists, and is a familiar face at Jazz Festivals throughout the world. He continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, such as Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting lineup of Canadian musicians including David Braid, Bruce Cassidy, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Neil Swainson and David Occhipinti. Clarke is also an adjunct professor in the Jazz Department of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and is also extremely proud to have been named as a Member of the Order of Canada. His recording on the BlueMusicGroup Label, It’s About Time, was the winner of “The Best Traditional Jazz Recording” at the 2010 JUNO Awards.
Kevin Turcotte is a trumpet player based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Turcotte is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has performed with Mike Murley and Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, and has recorded with Barry Romberg (his playing was praised for its intuitiveness on All About Jazz). Turcotte is also on faculty at York University.
In 2002, Turcotte was named trumpeter of the year in Canada's inaugural National Jazz Awards. In 2014 he provided the trumpet tracks for Chet Baker's (Ethan Hawke) performances in the biographic film Born to Be Blue about the late American jazz musician.