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Jazz at the Gallery: JQXZ

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Jazz at the Gallery: JQXZ

Thursday October 17, 2019 at 8pm
$25/$10 students
Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com (cash only at the door)

Diane Roblin, keyboards
George Koller, bass
Bruce Cassidy, EVI
Bill McBirnie, flute

Improv at the gallery. Four of Toronto's very best improvising musicians.


A classically trained pianist and composer, Diane Roblin continued her music education at York University. Her studies were eclectic and wide-ranging including electronic music, ethnomusicology, South Indian drumming, and jazz improvisation. She attended the Karl Berger/Ornette Coleman intensive workshop in Woodstock and NYC playing with Dave Holland, Jack deJohnette and other notable musicians. As well, she studied with the Dutch Improv Academy (Hans Bennick , Mary Oliver, Wilfred de Joode) culminating in a performance at Amsterdam’s legendary Bimhaus.

Throughout the years Diane has lead and played with many diverse groups from Rough Trade, to renown avant garde improviser Charles Gayle. Toronto DJ, Jaymze Bee’s honoured her original jazz-funk CD RECONNECT placing it on his Top 3 list for 2014 and it was top of the charts domestically and internationally (i.e. Japan, New Zealand, Germany)

Diane continues to lead and write for her jazz-funk quintet/sextet made up of Toronto’s finest (Bruce Cassidy, George Koller, Rich Underhill, Morgan Childs, to name a few). As well, she is an accomplished contemporary improviser and soloist playing with musicians such as: Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Phil Albert, Michael Snow, Rob Clutton, Kayla Millmine. Diane has performed at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge, Hart House, The Pilot Tavern, Alliance Francais, Harbourfront, Array Space, Tranzac residency, La Rev, Toronto 416 Improvisers Festival, Somewhere There Festival, Merida Mexico, Tennessee Plum Festival, Smalls NYC, Ronnie Scotts London UK, Amsterdam’s Bimhaus as well as clubs abroad in Cannes, Antibes/Juan les Pins. Diane plays high energy music from the heart.

"She is a facile and deeply emotional keyboardist who establishes her musical territory with a muscular performance on the Fender Rhodes and technical skill on the acoustic piano…..”
The Whole Note, Leslie Mitchell-Clarke

George Koller has played professionally and extensively within most genres of music and is best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk music, world music and world fusion. His current base of operations is Toronto, (Canada).

In over three decades, George has accumulated hundreds of diverse performing and recording credits and some of the artists he has worked with are: The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn,[2]Holly Cole, Richard Underhill, Graeme Kirkland, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, William Beauvais, Dominic Mancuso,[3]David Clayton-Thomas,[4] Doug Riley, Valdy, Issa, Autorickshaw, Larry Coryell, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Moe Koffman, Ron Korb, Eddie Harris, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. His playing of Indian stringed instruments -- Sitar, Sarode, Tanpura, and the violin-like Esraj and Dilruba—are featured in the motion pictures Such a Long Journey and Possible Worlds.[5]
In 2010, George helped produce the World Jazz For Haiti charity album at Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, David Clayton-Thomas, Norman Amadio and Holly Cole.

Bruce Cassidy facilitates creativity and personal transformation in players and this has endeared him to students that he has taught and artists that have worked with hiBorn in Fredericton, New Brunswick he left his university studies and moved to Montreal to study trumpet. After a period of study at Berklee College of Music in Boston he moved Halifax, Nova Scotia, finished his degree in experimental psychology at Dalhousie University and then moved to Toronto. He was soon performing at Toronto’s main jazz venues and in studios, including the first seven albums released by Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

From 2004 to 2009 Bruce was musical director for the great Blood Sweat and Tears vocalist David Clayton-Thomas and re-wrote the BS&T book for a larger ensemble to bring fresh sounds to that music.

He performs regularly with Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga, A quartet playing South African Township style music One World Trio, a collaborative world music group featuring Anwar Khurshid, sitar, Waleed Abdulhamid bass and percussion and Bruce Cassidy EVI. Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra, a wide format six-horn band with which he recorded his latest release My African Heart.

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist. Bill is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. He was also designated a “Haynes Artist” by the venerable Wm. S. Haynes Co. All of Bill’s Extreme Flute releases are available at CDBaby and iTunes. You can find out more about Bill at his website: www.extremeflute.com


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