Off to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the premiere of a new co-composition titled Connections, composed with Jean-Nicolas Trottier from Montreal. I'll be directing and Jean-Nicolas will be in the trombone section. This is a 46 minute, 8 movement work. I discuss the work with Classic 107 host Chris Wolf which you can find on my video page.
Back to the Future
with Fred Stride & Jean-Nicolas Trottier
SUNDAY, November 27, 2022, 2:00 pm. Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) - 300 Memorial Blvd.
The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra looks back to the future with performances of forward-looking music by artists that shaped jazz to come. We present a world premiere co-composition by composer/historian Fred Stride from Vancouver and composer/musician Jean-Nicolas Trottier from Montreal. A multi-movement work, Connections, shows inspiration from many of the great classic big band composers like Duke Ellington, Bill Holman and Thad Jones. This work is a collaboration between two of Canada’s most active big band writers. Fred Stride has led a big band for over 40 years, and has been influenced by many of the great jazz orchestra composers such as Duke Ellington, Bill Holman, Thad Jones, Ron Collier and many others. Though from a younger generation of writers, Jean-Nicolas has also also been influenced by Ellington and Jones, and by trombonist Slide Hampton.
These musical influences will be on display in their joint composition (called “Connections”) that the WJO will perform on November 27, commissioned by the WJO with assistance from the Canada Council. Other pieces on the program include Ellington’s I’m Gonna Go Fishing, Hampton’s Slide’s Derangement, and Thad Jones’ Quietude.
Avec des interprétations de musique d’avant-garde par des artistes qui ont façonné l’avenir du jazz. Avec une toute nouvelle composition de Fred Stride et Jean-Nicolas Trottier