On Monday, Nov 16th the Canadian Jazz Quartet will be filling the lobby of the Sanderson Centre performing great mainstream Jazz with a swinging an graceful treatment. Founded in 1987, the CJQ is a result of a musical collaboration among four of the best musicians on the Toronto club and studio scene.
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The CANADIAN JAZZ QUARTET is:
DON VICKERY (drums)
PAT COLLINS (bass)
TED QUINLAN (guitar)
FRANK WRIGHT (vibes)
Vibraphonist FRANK WRIGHT has been an important part of the Toronto jazz scene since the 1950s when he was a regular performer on the ‘after hours’ club circuit. During its existence, he appeared regularly at Toronto’s Bourbon Street with clarinetist Henry Cuesta, and toured with him to California jazz festivals in Palm Springs, San Diego, and Sacramento. He was a frequent performer with The Garden Avenue Seven in Florida and on tour across the U.S. In the mid 1980s he formed a quartet with well-known drummer Archie Alleyne and together, they were often featured at the famous George’s Spaghetti House. He has worked with celebrated jazz names including Joe Williams, Norman Amadio, Jim Galloway, Rob McConnell, and Peter Appleyard, and even played for HRH Prince Philip in a private performance during a Toronto visit. Wright’s own trios and quartets have appeared often at major Canadian jazz festivals over the past many years. He is a featured soloist in the Bob DeAngelis Champagne Symphony during their internationally-renowned Benny Goodman Tribute concerts including their 2008 Carnegie Hall triumph. In 2006, Frank Wright was nominated as “Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year” during the National Jazz Awards.
Guitarist TED QUINLAN is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.
Bassist PAT COLLINS is one of Toronto’s first call jazz musicians who has, since moving here from Qualicum Beach, B.C. in the late ‘80s, served as a long-time member of the Moe Koffman Quintet, touring across Canada and Germany; performed in the Ed Bickert Quartet; played with the Oscar Peterson Quartet, the Peter Appleyard Quartet, the Diana Krall Trio; and backed dozens of other giants of the entertainment industry. He is a current member of the widely respected Canadian Jazz Quartet. After appearing on over 50 albums as a sideman, Collins released his critically-acclaimed first CD, “In The Moment” (Cornerstone) under his own leadership in 2005. He is a four-time National Jazz Awards nominee, and has been a full-time member of the music faculty of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario since 2005.
Drummer DON VICKERY relocated to Toronto from Halifax in 1959, and has been a vital part of the jazz scene there ever since. An honors graduate of the famed Oscar Peterson School of Music, Don has played on recordings, on radio and television shows, touring, and in live performance in hundreds of venues from clubs to concert halls with the world’s leading jazz artists, entertainers, and big bands including Ralph Sutton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Benny Carter, Joe Williams, Jay McShann, Buddy DeFranco, Peter Appleyard, The World’s Greatest Jazz Band, Art Farmer, Doc Cheatham, Zoot Sims, Doug Riley, Ed Bickert, Dave McMurdo, Red Norvo, Joe Venuti, Jack Sheldon, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Della Reese, Fraser MacPherson, Norman Amadio, Jim Galloway, Rob McConnell, Buddy Tate, Moe Koffman, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Tony Bennett, and Mel Torme. Don Vickery has been a member of the Jazz Studies Faculty at Humber College since 1974. He is currently a long-time member of the Jim Galloway Wee Big Band, the Canadian Jazz Quartet, The Spitfire Band, the Norman Amadio Trio, and Jim Galloway’s “Echoes of Swing” Sextet. He has been Music Director at Quotes Bar & Grill in downtown Toronto since the establishment of a jazz policy there in 2006.