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jazz meets blues
December 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With techniques acquired more in welding school and fab shops than during the completion of his degrees and diplomas, publishing and record contracts, film scores and jingles, residency gigs, festivals, tours, workshops, radio, television, club and sidewalk appearances, Paul Taylor has been known to literally break in pianos. He broke three strings on the old piano at Manhattans and put his finger right through a keyboard – “I like being a welder/fitter, it gives me better tone.”
Andy Klaehn (alto, soprano, and tenor sax, flute, clarinet) has performed with various artists in a wide array of collaborations from duos to sextets. Andy is also a founding member of the renowned Top Pocket Jazz Quartet. Andy studied classical clarinet under K-W Symphony clarinettist, Victor Sawa, a renowned world class performer. Andy’s interest in jazz and contemporary music led him to enroll at Humber College in Toronto where he studied under Eddie Sossin and Pat Labarbera. In his numerous travels, Andy has shared the stage with many musical giants, such as Maynard Ferguson, Moe Koffman, Kenny Barron, Carol Welsman, Barry Elmes, and Peter Appleyard. He has also played with the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the K- W Symphony, and as a sideman for Bo Diddley, in addition to being a show band musician for Carnival Cruise Lines. Andy is an active member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Guelph, as well as a woodwind teacher in local private studios. In addition to teaching, Andy also maintains a busy performance schedule in the live music scene.
Sandy MacDonald is a full time professional musician (guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, vocals) with thirty-five years experience. As co-leader of The Beirdo Bros., he played in numerous schools, libraries, clubs, universities and corporate functions throughout Southern Ontario. He performed on The Elephant Show with Sharon, Lois and Bram, and toured Germany with the Canadian Department of National Defense Schools. Sandy has a BA in Drama from the University of Guelph and studied classical guitar and music theory at Wilfrid Laurier University. The Kitchener Record calls him “one of the areas most popular club musicians.”
Ray Ktiney (Ray Ray) has fed on a steady diet of Rock, Funk, Jazz, Polka and Brass band music and plays an array of instruments. If not performing, recording, or writing, he works at a local music store. With over 30 years of performing, he’s always thrilled to have an audience and thanks you all for listening.