7:30 pm in the Sanctuary join rising star pianist Nick Maclean and his multi-award winning modern-jazz quartet featuring acclaimed trumpet iconoclast Brownman Ali, with Ben Duff on bass and Jacob Wutzke on drums, as they tour Canada. Jazz Vespers features the musings of Rev. Shana Lynngood. By donation and greatly appreciated.
The group is on an ambitious, month-long national tour across Canada, bringing them from their hometown of Toronto all the way to the Pacific coast and many sites between. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean – a six-time Global Music Award winner, graduate of the University Of Toronto, and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto – this contemplative yet thrilling quartet delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history
Maclean’s quartet heavily features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet players — Brownman Ali, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” by New York City’s Village Voice. Recognized as an internationally acclaimed jazz iconoclast, he currently splits his time between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Toronto, and is a two-time National Jazz Award winner. This jazz veteran is best known globally as the last trumpet player with the legendary jazz-hip-hop group Guru’s Jazzmatazz, having replaced Donald Byrd in that seminal ensemble.