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November 28, 2007

Legendary Canadian Jazz Clarinetist Phil Nimmons Saluted

Written by
cindy mcleod

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The Jazz Mechanics
Tribute to Phil Nimmons
Sunday, December 2
Brampton, Ontario

Legendary Jazz Musician to Make Rare Concert Appearance

The Jazz Mechanics, a Brampton, Ontario based Big Band, are presenting ‘A Tribute to Phil Nimmons’, on Sunday, December 2nd, at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. The evening concert will feature the music of, and a rare appearance by, legendary jazz clarinetist Phil Nimmons.

Under the leadership of Music Director Jim Lewis, the Jazz Mechanics will perform a repertoire of the Big Band music of Phil Nimmons for the December 2nd concert, including parts of Suite P.E.I., Transformations, and the entire Atlantic Suite.

The Jazz Mechanics were formed in 1979 as a rehearsal band, going on to perform at numerous major festivals and jazz venues throughout Ontario. Over the years the band has featured Canadian jazz legends Don Thompson, Guido Basso, Hagood Hardy, and Pat La Barbera, to name a few.

With a career spanning over six decades, Jazz clarinetist, composer and educator Phil Nimmons is a key figure in Canadian jazz. A tireless advocate of jazz as a significant North American artform, his work is recognized as a leading force in bringing jazz into the mainstream of music in Canada through his innumerable radio performances, concerts and workshops.

Phil Nimmons was born in Kamloops, BC, in 1923, and raised in Vancouver. He first studied medicine before going off to Julliard to study music, and later composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

The internationally recognized jazz master had his own radio show on CBC during the 50’s, and as leader of his legendary group Nimmons ‘N’ Nine (later expanded to Nimmons ‘N’ Nine plus six), received the first JUNO award ever given in the jazz category for the group’s The Atlantic Suite recording.

In addition to over 400 original jazz compositions and countless arrangements, Nimmons has also written numerous contemporary chamber and orchestral works, receiving commissions from Expo ’67, UNESCO World Music Week (1975), the 1976 World Olympics, and the 1988 Winter Olympics. He has also composed scores for stage, film, radio, and television, and has made a dozen recordings.

Phil Nimmons joined the University of Toronto in 1973 as instructor in jazz techniques and is now Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies.

In 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also a recipient of the Order of Ontario. In 2002, he received the Governor General’s Award, the highest civilian award, for his contributions to Canadian music.

for more information visit www.jazzmechanics.com

Sunday December 2, 8:00 pm
A Tribute to Phil Nimmons
Featuring The Jazz Mechanics
with special guest Phil Nimmons

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