Howard Baer hosts an evening of JAZZ viewed from three different angles and featuring three stellar JAZZ players:
. Ballads & Jazz Standards with San MURATA, violin
. Bebop & Original Jazz Compositions with Steve HOLT, piano
. Latin Jazz with Harry ELLIS, drums and percussion
. And Howard BAER on Bass
All four players will set out together on this journey weaving through three very different approaches to the JAZZ idiom.
On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music: jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist. His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events. For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.
One of a handful of people playing this unique instrument, San Murata has become one of the most in-demand and appreciated musicians on the Toronto jazz scene. San’s approach to jazz violin is one that emphasizes pure melody and romantic lyricism. His charming music evokes the atmosphere of a Paris salon or a Manhattan tea room.
San has played with most of Toronto’s top jazz musicians, including Norm Amadio, Jake Langley, Bernie Senesky, Neil Swainson, Mark Kieswetter, Tony Quarrington, Danny McErlain, and the late Bob George, to name a few. The National Jazz Awards has nominated San as “Best Violinist of the Year” four times. San has appeared at the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival every year since 1994, at the All Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope, the Picton Jazz Festival, and has also performed four tours of Japan. He lives in an historic small town east of Toronto just outside of Trent Hills.
Steve Holt is one of Canada’s most important Jazz pianists and has worked with the likes of Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, James Moody, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak. He began his professional career at the age of 17, playing the clubs in and around his hometown, Montreal. In 1981 Steve graduated McGill University Faculty of Music, receiving that institution’s first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance. During this period he travelled regularly to New York to study piano with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron. In 1983, Steve’s debut recording, The Lion’s Eyes, won critical acclaim around the world, and in Canada was one of the five final JUNO nominations of that year. In October 1987 he moved to Toronto where he recorded two more important jazz CDs for the Sackville label, and in 2002 recorded his first CD as a vocalist/pianist/keyboardist. Steve now resides in Trent Hills.
Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker. He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few. Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.