Groups

Andy Cragg Nonet

Moodswings

Talkaboutit

Andy Cragg Nonet

The Andy Cragg Nonet was formed in the fall of 2006. The group consists of four saxes, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, drums. The group has a book of about 15 tunes, most of which are arrangements done by a good friend of mine, Toronto-based pianist Jonah Cristall-Clarke. Also, we play several tunes and arrangements of mine. Jonah leads his own nonet in Toronto, full of exceptional young musicians. They just won a factor grant and recorded a four tune demo. The book includes some tunes from non-jazz idioms, including "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" by Neil Young, and "Longview" by Greenday. We are excited to be starting a regular gig at Stayner's Wharf (in front of the Halifax ferry terminal). We will be playing ever other Monday, starting on January 22nd, alternating with Scott MacMillan's band, Scott and the Rocks. The Andy Cragg Nonet includes Dave Christenson (alto sax), Tom Easley (bass), Michael MacKenzie (tenor sax), Nick Fisher (alto & bari saxes), Terry Campbell (trumpet), Mike Robinson (trombone), Matt Gray (Guitar), Mike Carol (drums), and myself on tenor and alto.

click here to hear some recordings of the band from Jan. 22nd at Stayners.

Photos from the Atlantic Jazz Festival!


Moodswings

Moodswings is Jonah Cristall-Clarke on piano, Dan Fortin on bass, and myself. We started playing together in high school, and I'm sure we will continue to play together ad infinitum. We have not had a consistent drummer since high school, when we played with Aaron Haesler, who now works on films in vancouver. However, he was home for the holidays and sat in with us at Cosmic Charlie's on the tune "Auris Boris". The drummer for rest of the tunes at Cosmic Charlie's was Greg Ward. We have also often had on the drums J.P. Contois, who studied jazz at McGill. And, when we are lucky we are joined by Ethan Ardelli, an excellent young drummer, who went through U of T with Dan and Jonah. He has already performed and/or recorded with lots of great players, including Jane Bunnet, Dewey Redman (!) and Mark Turner.


Talkaboutit

Talkaboutit is the new was. We a funky jazz outfit that largely exists due to the simultaneous existence of both the Univeristy of King's College and beer. We have played in Halifax at: the King's Wardroom, Ginger's Tavern, The Gradhouse, the T-Room, Stage Nine, and other venues. We are Ben Whatley (bass), Peter Gorman (keys), Joe Richard (guitar), (honourarily) Jeff Whyte (guitar), Brendan Gray (drums), and myself.


Otonabee Groove

Otonabee Groove is the funky jazz band i was in in high school. I miss playing with these guys; we very rarely play music all together anymore, though I remain confident we will take over the world someday (still waiting). Otonabee Groove is Jonah Cristall-Clarke (piano), Ben Davenport (guitar), Ben Whatley (bass), Darcy McCord (drums), and myself on sax.