THE PETER HUM QUINTET
KENJI OMAE - TENOR SAXOPHONE
Originally from Ottawa, Kenji Omae began studying saxophone at age 12 and became very interested in jazz in high school. After receiving a scholarship to study at the University of Toronto, he quickly began working in the Toronto jazz scene with such as players Norman Villeneuve, Phil Nimmons, the Ron Collier Big Band, Bernie Senensky, Brian Dickinson, Sam Noto, the Shuffle Demons, along with many others.
Upon receiving a Canada Council grant, Kenji spent four years in New York where he was fortunate to play with luminaries such as Jimmy Heath, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joel Frahm, Ari Hoenig, Bob Mover and Antonio Hart. He graduated with a Masters in jazz from the Aaron Copland School of music (Queens College) in 2006.
Kenji is presently is a full-time professor of saxophone at Korea’s largest applied music program and he is one of the busiest jazz musicians in Seoul. He recently won the first prize in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival competition.
Kenji's website is here.
NATHAN CEPELINSKI – ALTO, SOPRANO SAXOPHONES
Saxophonist and composer Nathan Cepelinski is the most outstanding young jazz talent to have emerged from Ottawa. Just 22, Nathan received his first saxophone when he was 12, as a birthday gift from his parents. He soon immersed himself in music, and studied with the renowned saxophonist Billy Robinson for several years before Billy's death in 2005.
While in high school, Nathan was recognized as an exceptional musician by DownBeat Magazine, which bestowed on him five awards for his playing and composing. Before Nathan graduated from Sir Robert Borden High School, the American National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts selected him from an international pool of applicants to play in the six-piece Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellowship All-Star Band. In 2006, that group played at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Nathan is in his final year at Berklee College of Music in Boston on full-tuition scholarship, where he has studied with such internationally acclaimed musicians as Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and Dave Santoro.
Nathan's website is here.
ALEC WALKINGTON - BASS
Originally from Ottawa, Alec is one of the most in-demand bass players on the Montreal jazz scene.
After studying at St. Francis Xavier University and Humber College, Alec moved to Montreal in 1985. He attained a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University, where he now teaches classes in composition, improvisation and double bass.
Alec has played with such visiting artists as Joe Henderson, Slide Hampton, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Heath, Curtis Fuller, Barry Harris, and Maria Schneider.
TED WARREN - DRUMS
Ted is one of Canada's most celebrated jazz drummers. The Regina native, now based in Toronto, leads his own group, Ted Warren's Commission, which has released two CDs to critical acclaim. He drummed on six CDs of Rob McConnell’s famed The Boss Brass. He is a member of ensembles led by Mike Murley, Mike Downes, Kieran Overs, Roy Patterson, Ted Quinlan, and Kevin Turcotte.
Ted has worked with many of the world’s most distinguished performers including Slide Hampton, Sonny Greenwich, Maynard Ferguson, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Healey, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, and Kenny Wheeler.
Ted's cool blog is here.
As well, I've been fortunate to perform some of my music with:
Montreal guitarist Mike Rud
Montreal drummer John Fraboni
Ottawa drummer Jeff Asselin
Ottawa bassist John Geggie
Ottawa saxophonist Mike Tremblay
Photos by Ashley Fraser