William Carn

William Carn

Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz composers and performers. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. He has also been nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008.

As a bandleader, William currently leads several groups; the William Carn Quintet and a new quartet Run Stop Run, both featuring some of Canada’s finest musicians. The William Carn Quintet includes Kelly Jefferson, saxophones; David Braid, piano; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Anthony Michelli, drums. The WCQ has toured across Canada and has become an established fixture in the Canadian jazz landscape. Run Stop Run showcases a trombone and guitar frontline along with bass and drums. This exciting group features the talents of Don Scott, guitar; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Ethan Ardelli, drums.

He has performed and recorded with jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Mike Murley, Hilario Duran, Andrew Downing, Jim McNeely, John Clayton, and Don Thompson.

William also enjoys a diverse freelance career in Toronto and is a regular member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival orchestra. He has also played in the orchestras for many musicals including The Producers, West Side Story, Cabaret and Grease. Studio and concert engagements have included Aretha Franklin, Jon Secada, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Sarah Slean, Hawksley Workman, Melissa McClelland, Luc Doucet, Emily Haynes, Kathleen Edwards, Dionne Taylor, Emile-Claire Barlow, Sophie Millman, Jeff Healy, Colin James, Jack Soul, Jarvis Church, Sisqo, Frankie Valli, and Don Rickles. William has also been featured on over 100 commercial recordings as a performer.

Currently William is a member of many ensembles including David Clayton-Thomas, Hilario Duran Big Band, Kieran Overs Eleven, the Bernie Senensky Septet, the Andy Ballantyne Large Ensemble (ABLE), the Paul Read Orchestra (PRO), the Art of Jazz Orchestra, the Heilig Manoeuvre, the Vern Dorge Sextet, and the Urban Arts Brass Ensemble.

William is a Rath Trombone Artist as well as a clinician and teacher. William has taught throughout Canada for such distinguished institutions as the University of Victoria, University of Saskatewan, University of Regina, Capilano College, Grant MacEwan College, Mohawk College, as well as for the Toronto, York and Etobicoke boards of Education. He is a regular faculty member of the National Music Camp – Jazz Division as well as an instructor for both the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program and Humber College.


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