7 pm doors / 8 pm show
Rebecca Hennessy was unavailable for tonight's performance - we are pleased to have Marie Goudy joining us on trumpet!
Presented as part of the Geary Lane Jazz Series and proudly supported by the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Complete information on the Geary Lane Jazz Series available here.
The Geary Lane Jazz Series has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
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. With Ingrid now on the west coast and Sarah in to Ottawa, the band was re-formed (with their blessing) as A.R.C.C. The contemporary version of the band, under the direction of Colleen Allen, has the same agenda – four busy horn players who want to create an opportunity to play together!
A.R.C.C. features Alison Young (sax), Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet), Carrie Chesnutt (sax) and Colleen Allen (sax); the rhythm section includes the band's original drummer, Mark Kelso; pianist Stacie McGregor; and Lauren Falls on bass.
Alberta born Colleen Allen plays all saxes, flute, and clarinet. She is a top call in Toronto for live shows, festivals, and recording projects. She has performed extensively with Molly Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Holly Cole, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Marc Jordan, Heather Bambrick, Shakura S'Aida, Jackie Richardson, Cirque Du Soleil, SoulPepper Theatre, Brian Barlow’s Big Band and is a proud member of the Women's Blues Review Band. She is a member of Manteca, one of Canada's premier fusion jazz big bands, and has recently been in the studio with them to record a new album, her third with the group. She has released two albums featuring some of Canada’s top jazz musicians. Whether on the road or teaching in Humber College’s esteemed Jazz Studies Program, Colleen is considered one of the most cherished musicians on the Canadian music scene – a world-class musician whose musical talents have touched many audiences around the globe.