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October 16, 2006

Canadian/Scandinavian Jazz Exchange

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian saxophonist Joel Miller heads off on a tour of Scandinavia, sharing his unique jazz voice with Danish guitarist Torben Waldorff and his quartet.

The 2006 Canadian/Scandinavian exchange tour follows Waldorff’s 2005 tour of Canada, where he shared the stage with Miller in various club and festival settings across the country.

Montreal-based Joel Miller is considered a modernist among Canada’s jazz community. The alto/tenor saxophonist has released four albums under his own name, and has lent his voice to a half dozen other projects as sideman. He has shared the stage with such fellow contemporaries as Ingrid Jensen, Ben Monder, Brad Turner, and Steve Amireault, among others.

Born in New Brunswick in 1969, Miller moved to Montreal in 1988 to attend McGill University’s music program. He attended the Banff Jazz Workshop in ’93, and has studied privately with Dewey Redman and Kenny Wheeler.

His debut release of 1996 Find a Way, prompted critic Mark Miller to write: “His solos are supremely melodic – think of Stan Getz, or of John Coltrane at his most wistful.” He won the Grand Jazz Award at the 1997 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, and since that time has toured across North America and Europe.

Danish-born guitarist Torben Waldorff, now based out of Copenhagen, attended Berklee College of Music from 1984-88, where he studied with Herb Pomeroy and Charlie Banacos.

The guitarist has three CD’s out under his own name, and a growing list of credits as producer and sideman on several other recordings. He has toured Sweden, Denmark, the US, and Canada, performing with jazz greats Ingrid & Christine Jensen, Maria Schneider, Geoff Keezer, Donny McCaslin, and Joel Miller, among the many.

Miller joins Waldorff and his trio of Peter Nilsson (drums) and Mattias Welin (bass) for the tour of Sweden and Denmark, showcasing the compositions of both artists.

for more information visit www.joelmiller.com

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