The Kingston Jazz Composers Collective was formed in the fall of 2008 to give a public workshop in Composition and Performance at the Kingston Jazz Festival.
Inspired by similar groups in places such as New York and San Francisco this workshop brought together five Kingston musicians and composers in a live-audience setting to rehearse and perform new or unplayed works.
At that time the group decided on a mandate (of sorts) to try to present new material every time it performs, and after a particularly enjoyable performance in the spring of 2012 the group decided to record some of its growing body of work.
The Banff Suite is really five distinct movements that were either conceived, written, or both when Jonathan Stewart was attending workshops in Jazz & Creative Music led by Dave Douglas and Hugh Fraser. Some of the pieces were directly inspired by the environment (Tunnel is named for Tunnel Mountain) or other musicians present at the workshops (M.C. Is named for pianist Marilyn Crispell). Up & Down represents the beginnings of an interest in the more “free” elements of both performance and composition. It's a 12-tone row with variations, and was originally written as a graphic score that depicted specific moments from a hike to the top of Tunnel Mountain.
The idea of putting these pieces together to form a suite came when the KJCC was invited by the Kingston Jazz Society to perform as part of the Live @ Your Library series in the winter of 2011.
Jonathan Stewart's "Banff Suite" is now presented in its entirety with brand new mixes optimized for Bandcamp, streaming and digital downloads.
released May 31, 2015
Jonathan Stewart - saxophones
Dave Barton - guitar
Greg Runions - vibraphone
Mike Perlin - bass
Mike Cassells - drums
"Banff Suite" written by Jonathan Stewart © SOCAN/BMI
Recorded at Newcourt House, Studio A - June 30 - July 1, 2012.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Cassells.
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