Originally from Nova Scotia, I received a Bachelor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University (2003) and then completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto (2009). While at UofT, I studied trombone with William Carn and Terry Promane; composition with Phil Nimmons and David Braid.
Throughout my musical development, I have had the honour to work and study with many great artists including Tim Ries, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Ingrid Jensen, Denny Christiansen, Hugh Fraser, Conrad Herwig, Dave Restivo, John Hollenbeck, Julian Argüelles, Mike Murley, Lew Soloff and Ian McDougall.
- Ben Dietschi, Gordon Hyland, Chelsea McBride (saxophones)
- Jesse Malone, Tara Kannangara (trumpets)
- Robin Jessome, Heather Saumer (trombones)
- Josh Bird (tuba)
- Tania Gill (piano) | Mark Godfrey (bass) | Robin Claxton (drums)
This 11-piece group started as a a way to showcase compositions by Carla Bley, but has expanded to include more original music and arrangements of quirky oddball music.
The unique instrumentation and innovative arrangements made for an exciting and creative approach to jazz; drawing on diverse influences in addition to Carla Bley; such as Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Orange Then Blue, Django Bates, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, ICP Orchestra and Tom Waits.
One feels like they have been hit with [a blunt object]…but in a really good jazz way. (Moreen Murray)
Robin Jessome (trombone) | Gordon Hyland (saxophone) | Chris Pruden (piano) | Mark Godfrey (bass) | Mark Segger (drums)
Their blend of intense interaction with adventurous compositions, moody textures and a good sense of humour make this band one of the fresh new voices in contemporary jazz.
The Robin Jessome Quintet released a debut album “For Whatever Reason” in 2011.
… a band that swings through outer space … a combination of meditative free improvisation and modern jazz sensibilities. (Steve Sladowski)
Other personal projects include: a Birth of the Cool-style nonet performing music from the classic Miles Davis recording, a hard-bop sextet, and the Mingus Appreciation Society. I also perform with various ensembles including local musical theatre groups, KW Big Band Theory, Derek Hines Little Big Band.
Derek Hines w/ Big Band Theory
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