Mark Eisenman has assembled some of Canada’s most popular and experienced jazz musicians to form a Quartet. The members of the band share a common sensibility.
A sensibility that jazz should be an expression of the players, a team effort where the sum is greater than the parts, that the music swings and is FUN to play. This is challenging enough and employs all of the talents and vast experience that these players have to offer, and because they are having fun the audience does as well.
The Eisenman/McDade Quartet
Mark has a large following in the jazz community as a player, composer and former teacher at University of Toronto and York University.
He has performed with numerous eminent Canadian and U.S. jazz artists including the following: Jimmy Cobb, Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer, Lew Tabackin, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, and Pat LaBarbera.
He is in demand as an accompanist and has his own projects and recordings featuring his Trio and Quintet band now a Quartet.
“His professional status is based largely on his skill and versatility as an ensemble player, but what marks him most is an ability to produce, no matter what the musical company, distinctive well-structured solos”- (Toronto Star).
Steve has played and recorded with some of the biggest names, ensembles, bands, and orchestras on the arts and entertainment scene including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, The Toronto Symphony, Manhattan Transfer.
As a commercial and jazz trumpet player, McDade has played in a variety of Motion Picture soundtracks, recorded hundreds of radio and television jingles and commercials, and themes for a lengthy list of important TV shows. and musical theatre productions.
Steve is an original member of John Macleod’s Rex hotel orchestra, and has recorded and played the senator with Marty Morell’s Quintet,and Rob McConnell’s Tentet.
This a great opportunity to hear Steve as a soloist in a small group.
Originally from Qualicum Beach, B.C., bassist Pat Collins moved to Toronto in 1988 and has become one of the more active bassists on the Canadian Jazz Scene. Pat has performed with such legendary musicians as Oscar Peterson, Joe Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Cobb and Lee Konitz. He has also performed with legendary Canadian musicians as Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Peter Appleyard and Don Thompson.
Pat is also an educator, and is on the full-time music faculty of Mohawk College, in Hamilton, Ontario. Pat also taught for many years at Humber College in Toronto, as well as many summer music camps including the Interprovincial Music Camp, Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the National Music Camp. Pat is currently on the faculty of the Prairielands Jazz Camp in Regina, Saskatchewan as well as the Jazz for Adults camp at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Pat is active as an adjudicator and clinician at music festivals across Canada, including Musicfest Canada, The Golden Horseshoe Musicfest, and the West Coast Jazz Festival.
A mainstay on the world jazz scene, Terry’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but here’s a synopsis.
Clarke studied percussion with Jim Blackley and played with Chris Gage and Dave Robbins early in his career. From 1965 to 1967 he toured in a quintet with John Handy, and joined The Fifth Dimension in 1967, remaining with the ensemble until 1969.
In 1970, he moved to Toronto, where he began a longstanding association with Rob McConnell’s group, Boss Brass; he also played with Ed Bickert, Ruby Braff, Jim Galloway, Sonny Greenwich, Jay McShann, Emily Remler, and Frank Rosolino. In 1976, he toured with Jim Hall for the first time and in 1981 did an international tour with Oscar Peterson.
He relocated to New York City in 1985, where he played or recorded with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Daniels, Oliver Jones, Roger Kellaway, Helen Merrill, Ken Peplowski, and Joe Roccisano, among others. He played with the Free Trade ensemble in 1994, a quintet composed of Clarke, Ralph Bowen, Neil Swainson, Renee Rosnes, and Peter Leitch.
Clarke returned to Toronto in 1999, where he joined The Rob McConnell Tentet. Clarke’s 2009 debut album It’s About Time won a Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.
Clarke was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002.