Jazz at the Griff: Kootenay Jazz Quartet


  This professional group plays intricately arranged chamber jazz inspired by ensembles like the Modern Jazz Quartet.  The group will present original music and arrangements of pieces by jazz legends such as John Coltrane, John Lewis and Gerry Mulligan.

     Clinton Swanson has performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert halls and night clubs for over 27 years.  Before moving back to the Kootenays 9 years ago, he spent 12 years in Vancouver studying saxophone with renowned instructor, Stan Karp.  Constantly performing and teaching, Swanson presents his original compositions and arrangements with multiple ensembles.

     The hidden jewel of the Kootenay music scene, Donnie Clark, is an incredible trumpet player.  He has a resume filled with international touring and recording; having been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Chamber Orchestra, he has performed throughout Canada, the US and Europe.  He is known as one of Canada's top jazz performers and has toured with New Orleans Connection as well as his own Donnie Clark Quintet.  Clark lives quietly on the east shore, conducting the Many Bays Community Band and performing with the Creston Community Band and the Playmor Junction Big Band (Nelson).  He writes original music and arrangements for many BC bands and small ensembles - and he has recently picked up the clarinet.

     A native of Calgary, Doug Stephenson has been an integral member of Western Canada's jazz community for over 40 years.  He is a world-class guitarist, bassist, songwriter and producer.  He joined the Nelson music scene in 2012 when he moved there from Vancouver.  Including blues legend, "Big" Miller, Stephenson has worked with a wide range of artists including Charlie Rouse, Tommy Banks, P.J. Perry, Michael Occhipinti as well as Kootenay favourites, Gabriel Palatchi and Melody Diachun.

     Originally from Ottawa, Rob Fahie has multiple music degrees from McGill University and the University of Colorado.  During his career, he has performed at prestigious jazz clubs and premiere concert halls throughout the world including The Blue Note and Dizzy's Club, as well as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.  In 2013, Fahie moved to Nelson and has succeeded in making a name for himself in the region's vibrant music scene.


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