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Altsys Jazz Orchestra, founded by conductor/saxophonist Jennifer Bell and trumpeter/composer Bill Mahar, specializes in original Canadian works and lesser performed works from the jazz orchestra tradition. Altsys serves as a vehicle for Bill Mahar who has premiered more than a dozen compositions with the orchestra. Altsys has collaborated with such distinguished artists/composers as Kenny Wheeler, Ray Anderson, Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson, Donny McCaslin Pat LaBarbera, Seamus Blake, Mike Murley, Tim Hagans and Maria Schneider, with whom the orchestra won the 1998 Prix Opus for Jazz Concert of the Year. The
orchestra had the pleasure of performing with Donny McCaslin at the 2008 International Association of Jazz Educators in Toronto. Altsys has recorded two compact discs as well as radio shows for CBC/SRC and television for BRAVO!. The orchestra counts among its ranks some of Montreal’s busiest freelance jazz musicians, many of whom are bandleaders, educators and composers in their own right. These musicians are brought together by a mutual desire to perpetuate and nurture the jazz orchestra tradition....more
Recorded in March 2006 with the wonderful Donny McCaslin guesting on tenor and soprano saxophones.
released November 1, 2007
Produced by: Andre White
Recorded and mixed by Paul Johnston
Cover Art by Rose Marie Mahar
Donny McCaslin - tenor and soprano saxophones
Bill Mahar, artistic director, composer, trumpet, Jennifer Bell, conductor, alto, soprano saxophone, flute, Frank Lozano, tenor saxophone, flute, Colin Biggin, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet Dave Grott trombone, Christopher Smith bass trombone , tuba, Jocelyn Veilleux horn, Jocelyn Couture trumpet, Aron Doyle trumpet, Josh Rager piano, Alec Walkington bass, Jim Doxas drums, John Rudel percussion