Dave Young & Terry Promane Big Band

16-piece Big Band led by legendary jazz musicians Dave Young (Bass) and Terry Promane (Trombone)

Dave Young bio:

‘To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.’ –Dr. Oscar Peterson

Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, 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 an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, 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 (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.

Dave Young was recently named as a member to The Order of Canada – our country’s highest and most prestigious civilian honour. He was installed for his huge international contribution to the music world and to Canada. Dave Young is also the winner (several times over) of the prestigious National Jazz Award ‘Bassist of the Year’. In 2009, in Atlanta Georgia, Dave performed as part of a 16-piece orchestra accompanying award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp’s latest Broadway-bound dance work: ‘Come Fly With Me’ – The Music of Frank Sinatra.

Terry Promane bio:

Terry is a low brass specialist and arranger, active in jazz and commercial music.  He appears with numerous Toronto based groups including the JUNO award winning Rob McConnell Tentet, The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, The Hilario Duran Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Mike Murley Septet, and the Dave Young Sextet and Octet.

Highlights include working with Kenny Wheeler, Bill Holman, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, and many others.  His extensive work in musical theatre includes, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, Phantom of the Opera, CATS, Ragtime, Chicago, Fosse, The Lion King and The Producers.  Terry can also be heard on numerous television and radio jingles as well as TV themes and feature movies.

As a writer, Terry has considerable experience composing and arranging for many groups including, The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Cartel, The Brigham Phillips Big Band, The Kirk MacDonald Big Band and Dave Young. 

Terry is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto, and a former faculty member at Humber College, Mohawk College and York University.   In 1999 and 2000 Terry was honored as the ‘Jazz Trombonist of theYear’ from the Jazz Report magazine.