Michael Blake - saxophone
Kevin Breit - guitar
Michael Herring - bass
Dave Clark - drums
The TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival has invited three Artists-in-Residence: Marianne Trudel - piano; Kevin Breit - guitar and Michael Blake - saxophone to bring their own bands and perform in different combinations throughout the Festival. They will play with their own bands in their own show and perform with each other in four distinct collaborations featuring their unique creative strengths.
The word collaboration means cooperation among the participants in the act of creation. Sometimes there are leaders, sometimes collaborations are leaderless. Sometimes collaborations are instantaneous music like the ground breaking work of the ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra and sometimes collaborations are studied and prepared like the celebrated Charlie Parker charts for jazz and strings (which we’ll present at this summer’s Festival). Collaborations are most of all the purest culminations of training, virtuosity, and that ultimate faith in being creatively vulnerable and knowing you will be supported no matter what. This TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival’s series of collaborations are, we think, the best examples we can offer of exactly that: creativity, vulnerability, camaraderie, curiosity and the genuine love for musical adventure.
We hope you enjoy the ride!
The third collaboration will feature Michael Blake, who has one of the most soulful approaches as a saxophonist, and Kevin Breit, who shares a sound inspired by roots. Both are master improvisers. It would be a sin to have these two impassioned musicians in the same residency without having them perform together. They will be joined by a killer rhythm section featuring Toronto’s Michael Herring on bass and Dave Clark on drums.