Categories Archives: Jazz Combos

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!”

As the song says, jazz swings, whether it makes you want to dance, “mellow out” or sing along to the popular standards. Jazz shouldn’t be intimidating — in fact, it’s one of the most popular types of music being performed these days. Functions from wedding receptions to large corporate events have successfully used jazz ensembles and are rebooking groups for their subsequent events.

Jazz lends a cool sophistication to your event, whether it’s a two-piece sax and keyboard ensemble or a piano/percussion duo. Other examples include: sax/keyboard/bass trio; piano/vocal duo; with flute and clarinet as popular additions to these groups. With the addition of a drummer, you can dance the night away…

Large ensembles (12-15 members) recreate the sounds of the Big Band era, performing the classic standards made famous by greats such as Bennie Goodman, Duke Ellington and others.

So the choice is yours and Nova Scotia’s finest musicians are available to fill your jazz needs.

Three O’Cubano

A trio of musicians who serve up a cocktail of music from Cuba, Brazil, North America, Italy and beyond. How can you play the music from these countries with only piano, guitar and woodwinds? It is a serious business but always a game!

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      Ryan Eavis

      Ryan Eavis originally hails from Cape Breton, NS, and is a guitar/banjo player and vocalist in the styles of blues, rock, metal, bluegrass, folk, swing jazz and western swing. Ryan studied at South Plains College in Texas, where his focus was in bluegrass, rock, blues and contemporary music, and where he performed in numerous shows, festivals and recitals. (more…)

          Vladimir Nester

          Before Vladimir – a professional musician for more than 20 years – made Canada his new home, he mastered both guitar and composition in Russia. Prize winner of a notable international classical guitar copmetition, he graduated from Rostov State Conservatory and toured across Europe with The Bis Band, and also as a soloist.

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              Doris Mason

              Doris Mason

              This Pictou County native is a well known performer on the East Coast music scene, and has successfully juggled a busy solo career, work as Musical Director for the hit touring show “DRUM!”, and starred in Denny Doherty’s “Dream a Little Dream”- the nearly true story of the Mamas and Papas.

              Doris grew up in a big musical family and was playing piano before her feet could touch the pedals. She wrote her first song at seven . Her training with the Royal Conservatory of Music garnered her many awards in Music Festivals in New Glasgow and Halifax. She formed a Pop/Jazz band and recorded a self-titled album “The Mason Chapman Band”. “Photograph” is her solo CD which garnered Doris an ECMA nomination. She was MD and Co-Producer of the Dutch Mason Blues Bash CD and Concert, honouring the “Prime Minister of the Blues” 60th Birthday. Ms. Mason has been a featured Artist with Symphony Nova Scotia as part of their Pops Concert Series along with singer/songwriters Ron Hynes, Terry Kelly, Gordie Sampson and Ian Janes. She paid tribute to Dutchy, Denny and John Allan Cameron on the 2008 ECMAs with J.P. Cormier, Charlie Acourt , George Canyon, Gordie and Shea. (more…)

                  Nadia Moore

                  Nadia Moore

                  Nadia, an international performer previously based in the Philippines, now lends her unique character to the North American scene.  From a career that started at the age of fourteen, Nadia has developed into what she is today…..a well-seasoned professional.  She has performed in a variety of Asian hot spots. Her resume includes a five-year singing engagement with the Royal Family of Brunei.

                  Until leaving the Philippines, Nadia was performing lead female vocals for the legendary band “Hotdog”.  Their performances include a United States tour in 2002 as well as a Canadian tour in 2004.  Nadia has appeared on television in many occasions both in North America and Asia.  She also performed back-up vocals with Gary Beals, of Canadian Idol fame.  Nadia was the female lead singer for “Cool Buzz Jazz Band” while living in Beijing, China from 2005 to 2008, and was voted NSCC College Idol (2nd place winner) for two consecutive years (2009 and 2010).

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                      The Jeff Goodspeed Trio

                      Born in Truro Nova Scotia, Jeff Godspeed is a graduate of the Truro band program under the direction of Ron MacKay. Graduate education includes Berklee College of Music in Boston, Acadia University and Humber College of Music in Toronto.

                      Jeff has followed a musical career as a freelance musician, clinician and teacher since finishing school in 1978. His steady engagements include 3 years in the RCMP Band and 2 years with Roger Whittaker, while his freelance experiences resulted in accompanying many world famous entertainers. The list includes names such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Bob Hope, Ritch Little, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Cole, Arethea Franklin, and many others. While in Toronto for 10 years he had the opportunity to perform with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Guido Basso Orchestra, Cats, Crazy For You and more. (more…)

                          John Chiasson

                          If you are looking for a class act to provide music for your next function, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you would like an easy listening instrumental group for background music, or the smoothest sounding vocalist you’ve ever heard for a show or dance; John Chiasson is your solution. With over 25 years experience as an entertainer, any musical need can be met. His repertoire includes thousands of popular songs, performed with an elegant style that is always a pleasure to experience.

                          John’s career has taken him all around the world to perform and record with such artists as Natalie MacMaster, The Rankin Family, Mark O’Conner, and Michael MacDonald. He has released two easy listening solo recordings, “Here In The Moonlight” and “It Never Entered My Mind”.

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                              Shan Arsenault

                              Jazz Guitarist

                              Jazz Guitarist

                              Shan Arsenault, jazz guitarist, composer and educator was born in Prince Edward Island and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Inspired by his mother’s playing, he took up the guitar at age seven. Mostly self-taught, Shan has spent many years cultivating a unique sound.

                              Over his long career, Shan has performed as a sideman with countless musicians; earning the reputation of a first-call player. Among the many artists he has performed with are Jeff Healy, Doug Mallory, Doug Riley, Jerry Granelli, Terry Hattie, Alfie Zappacosta, Dutch Mason, Kirk MacDonald, Lorn Lofsky, Skip Beckwith, Don Palmer, Chris Mitchell, Joe Sealy, Francois Houle, Han Bennink and the Paul Cram Sextet. (more…)

                                  Bill Stevenson

                                  Pianist

                                  Pianist

                                  In over 30 years in the music business, jazz pianist Bill Stevenson has tried a wide variety of styles, always coming back to the blues-oriented style of jazz that he was exposed to in his teens and early twenties around the clubs of Ottawa, Montreal, Boston and New York. With early influence from Otis Spann and Jack Dupre came a raw feel that a young guy can strive for but, as his musical tastes broadened, the works of musical greats like Count Basie and Ray Charles started to creep into his repertoire. It was the intimate sound of the cabaret voice and the friendship of fellow club musicians that led him to record his first solo CD, Shall We Call It A Night. (more…)

                                      Los Primos

                                      The Los Primos Project (Cultural Exchange with Cuba) has developed a program that has created 5 young ensembles who are looking for places to play. They are called The Satellite Primos and there are bands in Tantallon, Rockingham, Dartmouth, Preston and Truro. These serious young musicians are taught by local professionals and gain experience through performance at various Los Primos events, school concerts and community based public performances. Their music is Jazz and Latin Jazz with improvised solos that have the maturity of much older players. Under the direction of Jeff Goodspeed this project is gaining a great reputation throughout Nova Scotia.