Hector Quartet

Date: 
Fri Jun 22 5:30pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Jeff McLeod on Hammond B3
Chris Wallace on drums
Graeme Stephen
Chris Gale on tenor sax.

The name of the band pays homage to their Scottish ancestry and to the ship that brought some of Scotland’s first settlers to this continent in the 1700s.

Chris Gale is a nationally recognized Toronto-based saxophonist, composer, producer and educator whose driving style and rich tone can be heard on over one hundred and fifty recordings. As leader and a sideman, Gale has performed around the globe in theatres, clubs and at festivals, impressing crowds with his lyrical sensibility and soulful approach.

Gale’s diverse musical career has let to performances with Soca king Lord Nelson, blues guitarist Colin James, country rock legends Blue Rodeo (as a member of the Bushwhack Horns). Other accomplishments include performances at the Canadian Consulate in Paris, and the Montreux Jazz festival in Montreax, Switzerland. Other examples of notable artists he has performed and recorded with include Randy Brecker, Arkells, Ron Sexsmith, Johnny Reid, Jeff Healy, Michael Kaeshammer, Shuffle Demons, Oliver Jones, Powder Blues Band, Brandi Disterheft and Richard Underhill.

Recorded at Rogue Studios in Toronto, Gale’s debut album Strays Stays captures the expressiveness of Gale's group in a live setting.

There's a stylish Ellington ensemble sound stirring here, writes Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman,and the title track is "beautifully done, with lush tenor work".

"I'll quite happily go out of my way to hear Chris Gale, a tenor saxophonist - among Toronto's finest - who has matched an impressively sure, though not showy command of the instrument to
a strong sense of it's older and newer traditions in the service of a distinctive style that is timelessly melodic yet distinctively modern." ~Mark Miller, critic/author - jazz history and biography