JUNO Category of Traditional Jazz Album of the YearMarch 8, 2010
The five nominees for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year are Al Henderson Septet for Regeneration, Alain Bédard for Bluesy Lunedi, Darren Sigesmund for Strands II, Oliver Jones and Hank Jones for Pleased To Meet You and Terry Clarke for It’s About Time. Below is a brief bio of each artist and an example of their work (where available).
Al Henderson Septet – Regeneration
Bass Player Al Henderson is a veteran of Canada’s Jazz music scene, recording numerous albums and has performed with some of the most prominent Jazz artists working today. An evolution of the Al Henderson Quintet the Al Henderson Septet has produced an album that takes you on a journey of peace conflict and then regeneration. The works have been inspired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the experiences of its designer, Raymond Moriyama.
Alain Bédard – Bluesy Lunedi
Bluesy Lunedi is the third album released by Double bassist Alain Bédard. The Beauport, Quebec native is a self taught musician who has been making music since the early 80’s. Like previous albums released by Bédard inspiration if derived from Thelonious Monk. Bédard is the founder and president of Jazz label Effendi.
Darren Sigesmund – Strands II
Strands II is a continuation of music explored in Sigesmund’s first album Strands. Sigesmund has expanded the group to a septet in this album adding a vocalist and percussion. Various styles merge in this album including jazz, Latin and classical into captivating and innovative compositions. Toronto based Sigesmund is a leading trombone player and has performed his work across the world as well as touring with many notable Jazz artists.
Oliver Jones and Hank Jones – Pleased To Meet You
Canadian Jazz pianist Oliver Jones and American Jazz legend Hank Jones have collaborated to create an album in tribute to their late mutual friend Oscar Peterson who passed away in 2007. The album contains several original compositions by the two great pianists plus two of Peterson’s work’s. Performer from last years Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, Brandi Disterheft plays bass on this album.
Terry Clarke – It’s About Time
Terry Clarke is an accomplished drummer who has played with the likes of Oscar Peterson, John Handy and Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Born in British Columbia and now based in Toronto, Clarke’s musical careers dates back to the 1960’s. Despite this long and illustrious career this is Clarke’s first album release as a band leader.