So first of all, what is A.R.C.C.?
Post Bop/Modern Jazz
A.R.C.C. began many moons ago as a collective called Women With Horns, at that time co-lead by Ingrid Stitt, Sarah McElcheran, Carrie Chesnutt and Colleen Allen. The idea was to create an opportunity for four busy horn players to play together, and it was modeled after the Count Basie Band - collective grooving, horn riffing and swinging. Arrangements were written with features for each individual player in mind, leaving lots of room for instant riffs and backing horn parts, catapulted by a deep-swinging rhythm section.
Jeremy Ledbetter Trio
Forged in a cauldron of raging, inspiring contemporary jazz, the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio pushes the boundaries of jazz and world music, providing an undiluted display of rampaging energy and captivating musicianship. Audiences must exercise caution. People who see this band are rarely the same again. If the Jeremy Ledbetter Trio were an inanimate object it would be a runaway train.
Born in Toronto, Cori Giannotta has been heavily involved in the city’s tap dance scene for the past 7 years teaching, performing and producing. She’s had the opportunity to teach at the Toronto Rhythm Initiative’s youth intensive, Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival, and MOVE Dance Convention, to name a few.
Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, Nir Felder is a new voice in instrumental music. Equally adept across a wide range of genres Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound at a young age and quickly become one of New York City’s most highly sought after musicians.
Ernesto Cervini's Tetrahedron
Tetrahedron is the new chordless trio led by Ernesto Cervini. Featuring two of Canada’s finest improvisers, Luis Deniz on Alto Saxophone and Rich Brown on Electric Bass, the band plays originals from all three musicians as well as funky arrangements of standards. It’s a groovy, energetic trip! The group has been performing extensively around southern Ontario for the past 4 years, and will be recording their debut album in April of 2019, with special guest, guitarist Nir Felder from NYC.
Humber Music Project
Directors: Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald
Kyle Tarder-Stoll, Tenor Saxophone
Lucas Dubovik, Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Hucal, Piano
Ben Duff, Bass
Agneya Chikte, Drums
Itamar Borochov Quartet
Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.
Sarah Thawer is a self-taught drummer based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5.
Born and raised in Montreal, Eric St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada.