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.
The classy CJQ is now in their fifth 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 is trumpet virtuoso DAVE DUNLOP who played lead trumpet with Rob McConnell’s revered “Boss Brass” throughout the ‘90s. A mainstay on the Canadian music scene for the past four decades, he has performed and toured with a stellar roster of renowned entertainers including Paul Anka, Shania Twain, Michael Buble, Tito Puente, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Lou Rawls, John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Mel Torme, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Gino Vannelli, Maynard Ferguson, Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, and Dave Brubeck.