From Edmonton
Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra
Music of Kenny Wheeler and Jacob Mann

SUnDAY, February 11, 2018


Marty Majorowicz - Director
Raymond Baril, Dan Davis, Murray James Morrison, John Sweenie - saxophones
Craig Brenan, Sean Bumstead, Dan Keels, Marty Majorowicz - trombones
Doug Berner, Alan Gilliland, Jared Greeve, Matt Michielin, Sergio Rodriguez - trumpets
 Paul Richey - piano
Mo Lefever - guitar
Rubim De Toledo - bass
Jamie Cooper - drums
Chandelle Rimmer - vocals

The Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra will be presenting two diverse sets of music under the direction of Edmonton trombonist Marty Majorowicz.: one by a prolific and celebrated composer, and one devoted to showcasing the compositions of a new talent on the big band scene.

Kenny Wheeler was a prolific Canadian composer and trumpet player. As a leader he has countless albums, most of them can be found on the well known modern jazz label ECM. He performed on the Yardbird Suite stage seven times since 1980, most notably as a member of the early versions the Dave Holland Quintet. He died in September, 2014, however he is survived by an amazing catalogue of compositions. The sheet music is notoriously difficult to come by, so we are pleased to announce that the Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra will be presenting a rare live performance of his big band compositions, including music from his album "Music for Large and Small Ensembles."

The Yardbird Suite Jaa Orchestra will also be presenting the music of Los Angeles pianist and arranger Jacob Mann. Jacob first came to be known by posting humorous videos on YouTube including his "One Minute Jazz Lesson" series, followed by his "One Minute Jazz Orchestra" series. In 2016 he released a debut EP of big band compositions entitled "Greatest Hits Volume 1." His videos have gone viral amongst jazz musicians and his rhythmic compositions have recently become popular amongst big bands all over the world.

Marty Majorowicz is a trombonist, composer, bandleader, and educator. A native of Edmonton, he has been in demand as a sideman and bandleader since 2006. Notably he was a member of the WCMA nominated Writers' Guild, and he also fronts "The Syndicate," a group that performs his own compositions. In 2013, Marty relocated to New York City, where he completed his Masters degree and studied with Luis Bonilla, David Berkman, Antonio Hart, and Michael Mossman. He has since moved back to Edmonton and continues to perform and teach both for the Edmonton Catholic School District and MacEwan University.