Patrick Tevlin’s New Orleans Rhythm is a classic jazz trio based in Toronto, specializing in hot jazz and blues from the 1920s, 1930s and beyond. It’s perfect for parties large or small, and events of all kinds whether intimate or lively.
New Orleans Rhythm features an all-star line-up deeply rooted in the traditions of New Orleans music. Patrick Tevlin, leader of Toronto’s Happy Pals, plays trumpet, with Reide Kaiser and Colin Bray, both of the award-winning Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, on piano and string bass. As desired, New Orleans Rhythm can be enlarged to include clarinet, drums or others.
New Orleans Rhythm’s repertoire is based in classic jazz from the 1920s and 30s, and later New Orleansstyle jazz. Music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington or the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with tunes by Fats Domino, Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash thrown in!
New Orleans Rhythm has recently recorded CDs with guest stars Chris Burke, Brian Carrick, Butch
Thompson and the late Jacques Gauthé, which have received wide critical acclaim.
Patrick Tevlin – Leader, Trumpet, Vocal
Patrick Tevlin has been a band leader in Toronto since 1976. On his first trip to New Orleans two years later Patrick saw, heard and met trumpet great Kid Thomas Valentine, and he has never looked back. He built a style based on Kid Thomas along with Dede Pierce and other trumpeters who became well-known with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
In 1983 Patrick switched to tenor sax and clarinet, and joined The Happy Pals, under the leadership of Toronto trumpet legend Cliff ‘Kid’ Bastien. His sax is rooted in New Orleans jazz as well as the early R&B style of stars like Fats Domino and Ray Charles. His clarinet is influenced by New Orleanians like George Lewis and Johnny Dodds. When Kid Bastien died suddenly in 2003, Patrick switched back to trumpet and took over leadership of The Happy Pals. He switched careers from science (He holds a Ph.D. in physics.) to full-time music in 2005. In addition to The Happy Pals and the New Orleans-style parade outfit The Magnolia Brass Band, he now plays old-school rock ‘n’ roll with Patrick Tevlin’s New Orleans R&B and of course leads the classic jazz trio New Orleans Rhythm.
Reide Kaiser – Piano
Reide Kaiser was born in Toronto, and although exposed to many different types of music as a child,
showed little interest in playing any of it until he heard some piano ragtime in the early 1970s. He soon became a regular soloist at the annual ‘Ragtime Bash’ in Toronto, and this interest led him into early jazz piano styles.
Solo career aside, Reide is best known as a band pianist. This has included stints with the Front Street Stompers, The Freeway Jazz Band and the Hot Five Jazzmakers. He was a founding member of the award-winning Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, with whom he toured widely, and has recorded extensively for the Jazz Crusade label in the United States. Reide now performs and records regularly with Patrick Tevlin’s New Orleans Rhythm.
Colin Bray – String Bass
Colin Bray plays string bass in the authentic early New Orleans style. He has worked with most of
Toronto’s New Orleans-style and classic jazz bands over the years, including The Happy Pals, The Hot Five Jazzmakers, The Grande Bouche Swingtette, and the Silverleaf Jazzmen. Along with Reide Kaiser, Colin was one of the original members of Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards. He has recorded 31 CDs, and with Reide is a member of Jazz Crusade’s ‘All-star Rhythm Section.’ He now performs on bass with Patrick Tevlin’s New Orleans Rhythm.
Colin’s jazz activities are wide-ranging. He founded the Classic Jazz Society of Toronto in 1994 and has been its president since. He is co-owner of Jazz Oracle, considered the world’s foremost label for reissuing 1920s/30s jazz on CD. In addition, Colin is a radio host and producer for over 18 years of Toronto’s (and probably Canada’s) only weekly radio show devoted to Classic 1920s/30s Jazz, ‘Sugarfoot Stomp’ on CIUT Radio (89.5FM).