Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Price: $35, $20 for students
The Jim Brenan Quintet, comprised of Jim Brenan (tenor and soprano saxophones), Jon Wielebnowski (Bass), Afo Afolabi (Drums), Mark Limacher (piano) and Eric Weiden (Trumpet), creates an inclusive acoustic sound inspired by the auditory landscapes of current jazz yet grounded in the traditions of hard bop and creative improvisation. This new Quintet will feature all of the players as they weave through updated standards and original compositions.
“Just as bebop performers adapted certain pop melodies to their own purposes, we consider popular music, acoustic jazz, world music, and free improvisation, as well as non-musical inspiration the stimulus for producing new music.” – Jim Brenan
Alberta native Jim Brenan has established himself as a top-notch performer and educator in the North American jazz community. With degrees from St. Francis Xavier University and Rutgers University, Jim has taught in New Zealand at the University of Auckland and is now the Chair of the Department of Theatre, Speech and Music Performance at Mount Royal University.
While studying in New Jersey, he had the opportunity to study with Ralph Bowen and perform with Bowen, Kenny Barron, Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Ravi Coltrane, Randy Brecker, Kenny Drew Jr., Phil Woods, Illinois Jacquet and Flip Philips. Jim has also toured as the lead tenor saxophonist with the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band.
Brenan has released several CDs including “The Spectre” which received rave reviews and “The Throw Down” with the Brenan Brothers (co-led by his twin brother Craig) which also featured Geoffrey Keezer, Ralph Bowen, Dana Hall, Terrell Stafford and Rubim de Toledo. It has been nominated for Jazz Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and received a 4 star rating from Downbeat magazine. A 2014 Western Canadian Music Award winner for his album January, Jim has recently released his album 50/50 featuring a band comprised of musicians from Calgary and Edmonton.
Kenny Barron describes Jim Brenan as “a thoroughly modern tenor saxophonist with a deep understanding of jazz tradition. He plays with an intense maturity rare in musicians of his age”.