Playing at Courthouse Lodge in Brockville This Friday and at MUSICWestport on Saturday!
Eastern Ontario – The NICK MACLEAN QUARTET hits the road for their August tour dates playing shows in Kingston (The Mansion, Thr-Aug-15, 9:00pm), Brockville (Court House Lodge, Fri-Aug-16, 8:00pm), Westport (MUSICwestport, Sat-Aug-17, 1:30pm), Ottawa (Avant Garde Bar, Sat-Aug-17, 8:00pm) and Cobourg (The Loft Cinema, Sun-Aug-18, 3:00pm).
Led by 27-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean, this contemplative and often thrilling quartet explores modern jazz in the vein of 60’s Blue Note era Herbie Hancock and features internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet iconoclast and “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice) Brownman Ali alongside some of the top 20-something jazz musicians Canada has to offer making these shows nights of hard-swinging modern-jazz audiences will not want to miss!
Thr-Aug-15: KINGSTON @ The Mansion
With special guest RELATIVELY MINOR
Kingston, ON – 506 Princess St, www.Mansion.Rocks
doors @ 8:00pm show @ 9:00pm, $15 door, $10 online
Fri-Aug-16: BROCKVILLE @ Court House Lodge
Presented by Double Concept Productions
Brockville, ON – 7 Court House Sq, www.CourtHouseLodge.com
doors @ 7:00pm, show @ 8:00pm, $20
Sat-Aug-17: WESTPORT @ MUSICwestport Festival
Presented by MUSICwestport
Westport, ON – Lockwood Park, 37 Spring St, www.WestportArtsCouncil.com
show @ 1:30pm, $FREE
Sat-Aug-17: OTTAWA @ Avant Garde Bar
Ottawa, ON – 135 1/2 Besserer St, www.AvantGardeBar.com
doors @ 7:00pm, show @ 8:00pm, $15 door, $10 online
Sun-Aug-18: COBOURG @ The Loft Cinema
Cobourg, ON – 201 Division St, www.CobourgLoft.ca
doors @ 2:30pm show @ 3:00pm, $25
All shows feature jazz trumpet iconoclast BROWNMAN ALI “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice)
About NICK MACLEAN QUARTET
This contemplative and often thrilling quartet’s explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto’s jazz piano community, 26 year old NICK MACLEAN. Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.
Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swinging post-bop era, the group has been busy in the Ontario jazz club circuit and featured in numerous festivals and concert series including multiple appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and an often requested backing band. In addition to their original material, the ensemble has also mounted several popular tribute series to jazz masters including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry & Cole Porter.
The group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder with Maclean & two of Toronto’s top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: Jesse Dietschi on bass and Tyler Goertzen on drums. The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.
The quartet’s debut 11-track full-length album “Rites Of Ascension” features 6 Maclean-penned compositions, 1 Brownman original and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios in Toronto. Produced by Brownman Ali, this new disk was released on October 31st, 2017 and was nominated for CJSF’s ‘2018 Julian Award of Excellence’, it won a ‘Gold’ Global Music Award in the ‘jazz’, ‘band’, and ‘album’ categories, and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards’ ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’.