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May 15, 2008

Phil Nimmons & David Braid in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod
Phil Nimmons & David Braid

Jazz Is Society of Alberta
Nimmons & Braid
Friday, May 30
Scarborough United Church, Calgary

Jazz Masters Represent Generations of Canadian Jazz Musicians

Canada’s “Dean of Jazz” Phil Nimmons and Juno Award-winning pianist David Braid appear in Calgary on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at Scarboro United Church. Presented by the Jazz Is Society of Alberta, the duo appears in for a rare Calgary engagement.

Octogenarian clarinetist-composer-bandleader Phil Nimmons is affectionately known as ‘Canada’s Dean of Jazz’ for his decades-long career in jazz education as founder and longtime director of the University of Toronto jazz program as well as co-founding the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop in 1974 with fellow jazz icon Oscar Peterson. Nimmons has been recognized for his enormous contributions to jazz in Canada on numerous occasions, including the nation’s highest honour bestowed upon citizens, the Order of Canada. For many years, Nimmons had an active performing and recording career with his big band Nimmons ‘n’ Nine and later Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six broadcasting innumerable times for CBC Radio especially in the 1960s. He has won Canada’s JUNO Award for Jazz for his big band album The Dorian Way.

Pianist David Braid won the JUNO Award for Modern Jazz Recording two years ago and is a former student of Phil Nimmons at the U of T. According to Nimmons, Braid pursued him to play for a long time and when they finally got around to it, an intuitive rapport developed, particularly in the area of spontaneous improvisation. It is in that context that the Calgary concert will be heard.

“…it is very easy to forget that they are winging it… we experience an old master and a very mature young player working without a net. The very high-quality music they produce quickly engages the listener, pulling her forward as ideas are tossed back and forth and expanded upon. After a few minutes, one no longer wonders, how do they do it?”-instead just allowing this organic, instantaneous creation to happen…”
– www.allaboutjazz.com

“…two seriously-skilled players complement and confront each other as they illuminate terrific techniques and fierce imaginations…”
– Toronto Star

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