Jazz Jams: Grand Daddies of Jazz
Thursday, February 1 @ 7:00 pm
This month we pay homage to the grandfathers and grandmothers of jazz in celebration of Black History Month with a special edition of our monthly jazz jam.
7:00 pm - We will kick the night off with a video about the rich history of jazz music and how it has shaped and influenced the rest of the world check it out below!
8:30 pm - The movie will be followed by the jam with our talented hosts Fred Mack and Mboya Nicholson. Both Fred and Myboya will be inviting other players to join them on the stage so bring your instruments if you are feeling inspired! :
Fred Mack is an emerging saxophone player from Edmonton with a dynamic style. His versatility in various genres of music allows him to play in unique and entertaining environments. He studied music in Finland August-December 2016 and learned how to collaborate with new musicians among other skills. His compositional and playing influences range from Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobely, Sonny Stitt and Cannonball Adderley, Donny McCaslin, Mike Murley, Michael Brecker and Kenny Garret as well as various World Music.
He has had the immense honour of studying with Joonatan Rautio, Antti Rissanen, Pekka Lukka, Joshua Redman, Victor Wooten, Bob Reynolds, Bob Franceschini, Ralph Bowen and Mike Murley. In 2015, he won “Outstanding Jazz Band Musician” at MacEwan University, and is currently finishing his fourth year of his music degree. Fred is a current member of the band Good Nature, Euphoria, Fred Mack Trio and has performed at various venues around Edmonton including the Yardbird Suite, the Starlite Room and the Winspear.
Edmonton Jazz pianist Mboya Nicholson's agenda is a basic one: to make people happy they came in to listen. His love of jazz was fostered and cultivated by his parents, who embraced all styles of music. He studied jazz with renowned and celebrated pianist Charlie Austin in Edmonton. And having studied with jazz legend Ellis Marsalis while living 7 years in New Orleans, Nicholson infuses his playing with a feel of the Crescent City.
Mboya has played in Japan, Brazil and Austria. Mboya also composes and writes string arrangements. He has has written arrangements for pop vocalist Alesandra Felicia; and opera singers Ernesto Ramirez and Mark Doss. And in 2015 Mboya was commissioned to compose by conductor of the ArsMusica Session Orchestra, Colin Mendez Morris, for a celebration of the Humber River Valley in Toronto.
This month Jazz Jams is FREE as a part of our annual Black History Month programming.