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Respected across the national jazz scene for more than three decades, the hard-swinging CANADIAN JAZZ QUARTET have established themselves, individually and collectively, among the elite of jazz musicians on air and in recording studios, in clubs and on concert stages, and at major music events and jazz festivals all over the country.

Founded by the late guitar luminary Gary Benson in 1987, the lineup has evolved over the years, but under the long-time current leadership of iconic vibes-master Frank Wright, today’s Canadian Jazz Quartet (FRANK WRIGHT on vibes, TED QUINLAN on guitar, PAT COLLINS on bass, DON VICKERY on drums) remains a standard of excellence in jazz in Canada.

After a record-breaking decade-long run creating new mainstream jazz collaborations weekly for packed houses at leading downtown jazz venues, the classy CJQ is now in their third year in residence at the the Old Mill’s Home Smith Bar, where they bring their graceful treatment of standards and original material to “First Fridays”, and showcase a different headlining superstar each month.

Tonight’s featured guest jazz trumpeter CHASE SANBORN grew up in the New York City metropolitan area. He has lived in Boston and San Francisco, and, since 1981, Toronto. Sanborn is a veteran session musician and a mainstay of the bustling music scene in Toronto. He has toured and/or performed with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall and many other jazz and pop artists, and released five CDs as a leader.

A dedicated and celebrated music educator, Chase Sanborn is an Associate Professor in Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto. His instructional books and videos (Jazz Tactics / Brass Tactics / The Brass Tactics 660 Routine / Tuning Tactics / Music Business Tactics) have garnered universal praise for their insightful and entertaining approach to playing and teaching music.