The University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO) is now in the fifth year under the leadership of Gordon Foote. The band is quickly becoming one of Canada’s finest university jazz orchestras and is the flagship group of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Toronto. The UTJO has traveled within Ontario to perform concerts and workshops for many high schools. They also traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba to perform at the National Conference of the Canadian Music Educators Association. The 18-member ensemble is part of the UofT Jazz Program, which offers degrees in jazz studies at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The UTJO works hard to produce performances that are musical and exciting, with precision and energy. Their repertoire spans many decades, and pays homage to the rich jazz orchestra tradition.
The University of Toronto 12tet is a contemporary ensemble comprised of students in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs. Since its creation in 2012, the ensemble has established itself as a vehicle for elite players and composers in the jazz performance program and beyond. The band has been featured many times at the Rex Hotel and U of T’s Walter Hall with guests who rank among Canada’s most prominent jazz musicians. Guest soloists include Ralph Alessi, Jim Lewis and Chase Sanborn. Smaller than a traditional big band, the 12-piece format allows more freedom for soloists while still offering a wide range of ensemble textures. The 12tet sound pays tribute to classic bands, taking cues from Art Pepper Plus 11 and The Rob McConnell Tentet, but also steps further by embracing more contemporary rhythmic and harmonic inspirations.
2 new albums are being released this month. The first is called Sweet Ruby Suite and it's dedicated to the wonderful Canadian-born trumpeter, Kenny Wheeler. The album features the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Foote with special guests Dave Liebman and Norma Winstone.
The second is called Trillium Falls and it features the U-of-T 12-TET under the direction of Terry Promane.
Sweet Ruby Suite and Trillium Falls will be released internationally on Friday, March 10th, 2017. Available on iTunes.
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