Led by Dave McMurdo – Trombone
JASON LOGUE, CHASE SANBORN, MIKE MALONE, KEVIN TURCOTTE
NEIL CHRISTOFFERSEN, DON ENGLERT, JOHN JOHNSON,ALEX DEAN
BRIAN DICKINSON, QUINSIN NACHOFF, PERRY WHITE, ROB SOMERVILLE
TERRY PROMANE, TED BOHN, BOB HAMPER,PAUL NOVOTNY,KEVIN DEMPSEY
The Toronto based The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra is awriter’s band which highlights ensemble sounds and new 21st Century Music indynamic compositions and arrangements by Dave McMurdo, Don Thompson, Mike Malone, Reg Schwager and Phil Nimmons. The Orchestra is filled with great soloists: Quinsin Nachoff, AlexDean and Perry White on saxophone, DaveMcMurdo on trombone, Mike Malone, ChaseSanborn and Kevin Turcotte on trumpet, Reg Schwager on guitar, and Don Thompsonon piano.
The orchestra has played jazz festivals and concertsthroughout
In June of 1991, the orchestra played five cities on a 15day tour of the (former) U.S.S.R. Alexey Batashev, a leading
The CD The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra Live at The MontrealBistro was released in January of 1993on Sackville Recordings to critical acclaim and much air play both in
In January of 1994 The Orchestra made a trip to Bostonto perform the closing concert forthe convention of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In May 1994the orchestra was named Canada’s ‘Jazz Big Band of the Year’ by The Jazz Report.
From 1995 through 2004 the orchestra has continued to playclub venues in Toronto as well as concerts, including regular appearances at The Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival. Theorchestra’s fourth CD release, for Sackville Recordings, a 2 CD set The DaveMcMurdo Jazz Orchestra ‘Fire and Song’was released in May 1997. In January 2001 the orchestra recorded it’s fifth CD’Just for Now’ during a week long engagement at the Montréal Bistro. It wasreleased in February 2002. They alsomade a highly acclaimed appearance on TVO’s Studio 2 during the ‘Just for Now’week.
In October 2004 the orchestra recorded it’s sixth CD, againlive at The Montréal Bistro with special guest composer/clarinetist PhilNimmons. They recorded a retrospective of Phil’s original compositions from1962 to the present. Look for a jointrelease in the Spring of 2005 of this music from Sackville and The CanadianMusic Center who will include it in their prestigious Canadian composer’sseries.