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East Coast Connection (Peter Hum, Kenji Omae, Paul Tynan, Michael Herring, Tim Shia)
April 24, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
This inter-city, inter-provincial quintet will feature five fantastic musicians performing across three cities and two provinces in Canada.
The potent front line of tenor saxophonist Kenji Omae and trumpeter Paul Tynan — both faculty members of the music department at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish University — will make music with pianist Peter Hum in Ottawa, 1,000 kilometres to the west, as well as bassist Michael Herring and Tim Shia, both in Toronto, an additional 400 kilometres away. Watch this five-way collaboration of old and new friends tackle an assortment of original compositions and perhaps a re-arranged jazz standard or two.
Peter Hum – Piano
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Peter has been a mainstay of the city’s jazz community for almost three decades. He has released three albums of original modern mainstream jazz. His latest recording, Ordinary Heroes, a collection of 10 compositions that respond to today’s social and political tumult, was released online in the fall of 2019 thanks to grants from the Ontario Arts Council and City of Ottawa. That album features a stellar group of peers including Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone, Antigonish, NS), David Smith (trumpet, Brooklyn, USA), Mike Rud (guitar, Montreal), Alec Walkington (bass, Montreal) and Ted Warren (drums, Guelph, ON). Peter and his friends will embark on an 10-date tour in March 2020, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, coinciding with the hard-copy release of Ordinary Heroes. Previously, Peter released his second album, Alpha Moment in 2015, and his debut recording, A Boy’s Journey, in 2010. Largely self-taught, Peter was bitten by the jazz bug when he was a teenager in the 1970s, exposed to the music of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. He counts himself very fortunate to have performed with such Canadian jazz legends as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons, Pat LaBarbera and Reg Schwager. Over the years, Peter’s own projects have included such esteemed colleagues as the saxophonists Kenji Omae, Joel Miller, Frank Lozano and Mike Allen, guitarist Mike Rud and Roddy Ellias, and drummer Ted Warren, Dave Laing, Dave Robbins and Andre White.
Kenji Omae – Tenor Sax
Kenji Omae is a Canadian Jazz saxophonist based in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been described as “a super-articulate virtuoso” (Peter Hum-The Ottawa Citizen) and “may be the most exciting tenor saxophonist to emerge in Canada in recent years” (Stuart Broomer-The WholeNote). He has released three albums of original music as a leader; “Story Time” (2015), “Not So Deep” (2011), “Here For Now” (2007). In addition to his own recordings, he is featured as a sideman on over thirty jazz CD’s. From 2003-2017, he was based in Seoul as a full time instructor of saxophone (Dong-Ah Institute Of Media And Arts and Paek-Che Art College). He was an active contributor to the music scene of Seoul through his frequent performances and extensive teaching. In 2007, he won the first prize in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival competition.
Paul Tynan – Trumpet
The International Trumpet Guild has stated that downbeat award winning trumpet player and composer, Paul Tynan’s “Creative Genius Shines”. Paul is presently a Full Professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging. He also co-leads the “BiCoastal Collective”, with Grammy winning saxophonist Aaron Lington. The ensemble is dedicated to performing new jazz composition across North America. Paul has released ten recordings as a leader/co-leader on the Origin/OA2, Armored, and NohJoh labels. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Chris Poter, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Joel Frahm, and Matt Wilson. As a jazz recording artist Paul has appeared on over sixty recordings, as a trumpet player, composer, arranger, and/or producer along side such musicians as Lynn Seaton, Marcus Wolfe, Stockton Helbing, David Braid, Aaron Lington, Joel Fountain, Bobby Selvaggio, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dan Haerle, Ben Street, and Jamey Haddad. His recordings as a leader have won numerous ECMA awards.
Michael Herring – Double Bass
Michael Herring is a double-bassist and composer based in Toronto who writes, performs and records across genre lines, equally comfortable in jazz as in roots settings, including folk, world, and pop/rock. Herring leads and co-leads a number of groups which focus on original music of which he is a major contributor. Herring’s compositions and bass playing can also be heard in the collectives Way North (New York/Toronto collaboration with Petr Cancura, Rebecca Hennessy and Richie Barshay), God’s Gift to Yoda (experimental indie jazz-rock), who released their debut full-length album This Album Is Not For People, and in Harrington and The Uplifters (Roots Nerd-Rock and New Orleans pop), where you can hear Herring’s lead and backing vocals and lyrics. Herring has toured around recorded in North America, Europe, and Korea with his ensembles as well as sharing the stage with such great musicians as: David Binney, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bernie Senensky, Ab Baars (ICP/Amsterdam), Ken Vandermark, Jah Youssouf (Mali, Africa), Mansa Sissoko (Mali, Africa), David Braid, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Clark, P.J. Perry, Tannis Slimmon, Harry Manx, Lina Allemano, William Carn, Percy Sledge, Ernest Ranglin, and Brinsely Forde (Aswad). Herring’s compositions and arrangements have been featured in the repertoires of many ensembles, including he wrote the soundtrack to the short film In Harms’s Way.
Tim Shia – Drums
Whether it be a jazz festival gig with Rich Underhill; winning a Trille Or with Amelie et Les Singes Bleus; playing Cumbia’s with Quique Escamilla on CBC; adding percussion on a Electronica recording with Milosh (Rhye); to headlining a Hip Hop festival in Taiwan with LEO37, Tim Shia has been fortunate enough to play with a host of Juno and Grammy Award winning musicians in an array of genres. When he’s not performing, Tim has scored and licensed music for film and television including work for CBC, the Toronto Public Library, Teletoon and the NFB. He has given masterclasses and workshops on performance and improvisation at every level from Elementary to Post Secondary Institutions across Canada. He also hosted a radio show on Jazz Fm 91.1 called “Jazz is What?!”
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