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This event happens on Apr 15, 2017.

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Ted Warren – piano
Dave O’ Neill – vibes
Tyler Wagler- bass/guitar

Ted Warren studied Music at Montreal’s McGill University, and received a certificate in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He teaches in the Jazz Studies programs at both Humber College in Toronto and Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, and is also a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator.

An active member of Canada’s jazz scene, Warren has a solid reputation as a musical, versatile drummer. He fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which released their debut CD, First Time Caller, to critical acclaim in 2004. He was the latest drummer with Rob McConnell’s famed The Boss Brass and can be heard on six of their recent CDs, including Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme), From Lush to Lively (with Oliver Jones), Even Canadians Get the Blues, and The Boss Brass Plays the Jazz Classics. He is a member of ensembles led by Mike Murley, Mike Downes, Kieran Overs, Roy Patterson, Ted Quinlan, and Kevin Turcotte.

He has worked with many of the world’s most acclaimed performers including Slide Hampton, Sonny Greenwich, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Healey, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, and Gerry Bergonzi. He has toured extensively in Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan, and performed at Carnegie Hall with harpist Joanna Jordon.

Ted Warren was recipient of The Jazz Report’s “Drummer of the Year” Award in 1996.

tyler wagler

Tyler Wagler is an in demand bassist as a performer and educator as his musical pursuits are diverse. He is at home in jazz, the blues, performing with gospel/folk singer David Sereda, roots reggae band Friendlyness & The Human Rights, Paul Quarrington, and Jay Douglas and The Legendary Platters.  In 2011, Tyler released his own CD as a singer/songwriter.  Tyler is a graduate of Humber College where he studied bass with Don Thompson, Mike Downes and Pat Kilbride, and holds a Bachelor of Music from Thompson Rivers University. After several years of teaching and performing professionally in Toronto, Tyler now lives in Guelph, ON.

daveo'neillDave O’Neill is a performer and educator of all things musical. He has toured Eastern Canada, parts of the U.S., performed at numerous venues, music festivals, theatre productions, conducted clinics and workshops, and has extensive experience in the recording studio. Dave has taught privately for the last twenty-eight years, spent four years on the part time music faculty at Mohawk College, and is a supply teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board. He is endorsed by Headhunters Drumsticks. Dave holds B. Ed. and a B. Mus. Perf. from the University of Toronto, as well as a Dipl.Mus. from Mohawk College. He has studied with drummers Bob McLaren, Barry Elmes, Ernie Porthouse, John Cheeseman, and Memo Acevedo. Dave lives in Cambridge, ON.

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