After playing to a full house at the PEI Jazz & Blues Festival this past summer, Mike Murley returns to Charlottetown with his Septet performing October 19 at 7:30 pm at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall. Along with Murley on tenor saxophone, the band includes Tara Davidson, soprano and alto saxophone; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Terry Promane, trombone; David Braid, piano; Jim Vivian, bass; and Ted Warren, drums.
An engaging, lyrical saxophonist, Murley is considered one of Canada’s finest jazz talents and one of the most versatile players on the scene today. Currently active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, Murley also maintains a busy schedule as a sideman and jazz educator at the University of Toronto. He has played on eleven Juno Award-winning recordings including his 2012 release “Test of Time.”
Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981, Murley has enjoyed a career that has spanned a wide stylistic spectrum. Recordings with veteran Canadian artists such as Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and the late Rob McConnell showcase the saxophonist’s talents in the mainstream standard repertoire. On the more contemporary side, Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid and guitarist David Occhipinti. He is well known for his work with the multi-Juno Award-winning electric jazz group Metalwood. In addition, he has recorded and performed with numerous other Canadian and international artists including Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, David Liebman, and Paul Bley.
Murley’s debut recording for his septet, “Still Rollin’” (Cornerstone Records), was nominated for a 2012 Juno and features the saxophonist’s compositions and arrangements performed by some of Canada’s finest jazz improvisers.
The septet showcases the saxophonist’s compositional and arranging skills and features some of the most dynamic improvisers on the Toronto jazz scene. Rooted in the jazz tradition but not constrained by it, the septet’s music reflects the strong yet lyrical musical personality for which Murley has become known over the past three decades.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UPEI Music Department at (902) 566-0507 or email@example.com, and they can also be purchased at the door. Tickets are $20/adults, and $15/students and seniors.