Trish Colter / Paul Read Duo Perform at the Port Hope Jazz Fesival

Trish Colter (jazz singer) and I (pianist) will be performing an early evening performance at The Railside in Port Hope as part of this year’s Port Hope All-Canadian Jazz Festival. The date and time: Sept. 22 (Saturday) from 6-9 pm at the Railside , address:

112 Peter Street  Port Hope, ON L1A 1C5
(905) 885-2938

We hope that you might be there and have some time before the evening concert to swing by and check out some music at The Railside.

Kenderdine Jazz Composer’s Retreat 2012

Earlier last month (August 2012) I attended the  2012 Jazz Composer’s Retreat @ Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus (of the University of Saskatchewan). Yeah, Retreat! It makes me think of what I’d like to do when composing is difficult or worrisome. “RETREAT!!”. Okay, not that kind of retreat…this was the good kind. Getting away…being in a beautiful natural setting…hanging out with other composers and talking about everything: from writing procedures to life experiences, and just generally having a great time. Oh yeah, there were concerts and jam sessions and impromptu rehearsals of new music.

The brains and brawn behind the event was Dean McNeill, a marvelous trumpet player, composer and professor of music in the music department at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. His vision and his commitment to the project made it come together beautifully – a big success from all perspectives. Roughly 30 musicians were in attendance with a wide range of experience in jazz composition. The focus of the week was playing new music for jazz orchestra (big band) but also included pieces written for smaller instrument combinations including some work for the Birth of the Cool (Re-Birth of the Cool) instrumentation.

Highlights included the two public concerts, talks delivered by a number of composers there and one particularly singular event, a solo piano performance by the pianist/composer David Braid for a small but ecstatic audience. It served as an encore performance after the second big band concert. David held us all in the palm of his hand for a good 45 minute set, in which he played ‘prepared piano ‘pieces (using chopsticks placed ingeniously among the strings). To appreciate this, I heartily recommend David’s latest solo cd, “Verge” recorded in 2010. Highly creative and tremendously skillful and compelling playing. Treat yourself and check it out at

Hopefully it will run next year again, or possibly in 2 years. Congrats to Dean McNeill for a stellar effort and accomplishment.

Today is Phil Nimmons’ 89th birthday

Today (June 3, 2012) we celebrate the 89th birthday of one of Canada’s great musical treasures: clarinetist, composer, band leader and music educator, Phil R. Nimmons. It has been my good fortune to have had a close relationship with Phil for many many years and , despite our familiarity, I am in awe of what he has accomplished and continues to accomplish as an active, creative performing musician. Along with 37 year old David Braid, a former student of ours (University of Toronto Jazz Program) he performs completely improvised full concerts! Not one idea, thought or preconceived notion happen before they play. Their soon to be released CD Suite St. John’s – Falling Through is eloquent, puzzling, dazzling, moving and intensely interesting from the first note to the last. Watch for the release of this gem in the near future.

Here is a painting I did of Phil in 2008 (right=click (Windows)  or control-click (Mac) and open the painting in a new window to see the whole thing. (Thanks)

Phil Nimmons - Canadian Musician

Painting by Paul Read, 2008
Happy Birthday, Phil!!

PRO returns for an appearance at the Rex – May 14, 2011

The Paul Read Orchestra returns after a brief hiatus, on May 14, Saturday, at 9:45 (2 sets) at the Rex Hotel. This gig will be also a celebration of the release of the band’s debut CD, Arc-en-Ciel.

The Rex Jazz Club is situated at 194 Queen Street West in downtown Toronto.

CD Release




Paul Read Orchestra (PRO)

Addo Jazz Recordings AJR005

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Saxophones and Woodwinds: Andy Ballantyne, Tara Davidson, Alex Dean, Quinsin Nachoff, Bob Leonard
Trumpets: Jason Logue (lead), Chase Sanborn, Lina Allemano, Jim Lewis
Trombones: Terry Promane, William Carn, Andrew Jones, Larry Shields (bass tbn)
Rhythm Section: Geoff Young (g), David Braid (p), Andrew Downing (bs, vc), Kevin Dempsey (d)
Voice: Trish Colter

Composer and Conductor: Paul Read

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