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    GALLERY 345

    Thursday, February 27 2014, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nancy Walker Quintet CD Release: 'Til Now is Secret Thursday February 27, 2014 at 8 pm $20;$15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students Nancy Walker is a jazz pianist and composer extraordinaire, with a strong Canadian presence and extensive following of fans and true admirers. An expressive and compelling instrumentalist, Nancy is one of the country's most insightful composers of sophisticated contemporary jazz. “Nancy Walker extends an invitation to the listener to enter her very unique world of pianistic journeys. Hers is a joyous leaping loping stomping approach to the keyboard that harkens to the era of a strong left hand. There are many influences swirling in her music; there is also this strong sense of self, a definite presence of Nancy Walker as a musical entity.” – Len Bukowski, CODA Magazine • Nancy Walker – piano • Ted Quinlan – guitar • Shirantha Beddage – saxophones and bass clarinet • Kieran Overs – bass • Ethan Ardelli – drums This evening's concert celebrates the latest release from Toronto jazz pianist and composer Nancy Walker, 'Til Now Is Secret (Addo Records). Ranging from the lyrical to the abstract, Walker’s compositions reflect her view of the age we live in. At times intense, at times poignant, at times cerebral, Walker's music is always inspired. Nancy Walker is the winner of the 2008 National Jazz Awards Keyboardist Of The Year Award and the 2003 Montréal International Jazz Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix de Jazz. Her CD Rainy Days and Mondays was nominated for aJUNO Award as Instrumental Album Of The Year in 2006. Nancy has a solid background as a pianist and keyboard player for a variety of international recording and concert acts, both in and outside the jazz idiom. She’s recorded and toured with folk artist Sylvia Tyson, children’s entertainer Raffi, pop icons The Parachute Club, balladeer Roger Whittaker, and well-loved composer (the late) Hagood Hardy, to name a few. Over the years Nancy has built enduring jazz relationships. As the pianist in the John Geggie Trio, Nancy continues yearly to hold the piano chair in the house rhythm section for The Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s nightly jam sessions. With bassist Geggie, Nancy has performed in concert with drum legend Billy Hart, contemporary drum heavyweight Matt Wilson and saxophone dynamo Donny McCaslin. She has recorded and performed in concert with the cream of Canada’s jazz vocal crop, from Vancouver’s Karin Plato to Toronto’s Emilie-Claire Barlow, and has worked frequently alongside Toronto saxophonists Kirk MacDonald and Pat Labarbera. Nancy can be heard on recently released recordings by John Geggie + Donny McCaslin (this Plunge Records release garnered rave reviews and made several “Best of 2010? lists), Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, Fair/Galloway Quintet and Swedish guitarist Mikko Hildén. Thanks to grants from The Canada Council For the Arts, Nancy has had the opportunity to study with renowned American pianist/composers Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Myra Melford. Nancy has several discs as leader to her credit. Her debut as leader, Invitation, was released in 1997. and was voted one of the year’s best by Jazz Canadiana reviewers. Toronto Star critic Geoff Chapman named Luminosity (2000) one of the top jazz recordings of that year. Levitation, Nancy’s third recording (2003), was “a fine example of the modern jazz musician’s art” according to the Globe & Mail’s Mark Miller. When She Dreams, was released in 2004 on Canada’s premier jazz label, Justin Time Records, and shot to the number one position on Canadian campus radio jazz charts. In 2005, Nancy and her quartet (featuring saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Barry Romberg) toured the Canadian jazz festivals. That same year Nancy was nominated in four categories at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. In 2006, Nancy’s recording Rainy Days and Mondays (Somerset/Universal) was nominated for the JUNO award in the “Instrumental Album Of The Year” category. She was also among the Keyboardist Of The Year nominees at the 2006 and 2007 National Jazz Awards. Her next recording Need Another was a trio date with Kieran Overs and drummer Ethan Ardelli, followed by 2011's New Hieroglyphics, with the addition of Ted Quinlan on guitar. “…the eclectic, esoteric and unfailingly accessible New Hieroglyphics finds the ever-intrepid Walker pushing through borders into dynamic new territory, even as she retains all the markers that have drawn people to her in the first place.” - John Kelman, Allaboutjazz "Nancy Walker has played enough piano to know how to keep listeners interested however hard she pushes the boundaries of familiarity." - Geoff Chapman, The Whole Note Magazine “A gifted pianist and composer, Nancy Walker is possessed of a lyricism that can suggest lapping water and bright skies, and a contrasting rhythmic drive. A former student of Fred Hersch, she builds on a tradition of romantic jazz piano that has deep roots in the harmonic innovations of Bill Evans.” - Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life Magazine 'Til Now Is Secret was made possible with the assistance of The Ontario Arts Council. Visit Nancy’s website at www.nancywalkerjazz.com
    Location: Gallery 345 345 Sorauren Avenue (South of Dundas St. West, East of Roncesvalles)
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