Eden Mills & District Community Club
Music at the Hall
Throughout the year the programming committee organizes a variety of musical events for everyone to enjoy.
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TAN FIVE includes four Guelph- based musicians Howard Spring and Al Gorman on guitar, Andy Klaehn on sax and clarinet, and Ted Warren on drums. They also teach at the University of Guelph. The fifth, Rob Mcbride on bass hails, from St. Catharines. (bios attached) All of these musicians have been on the jazz scene in Ontario for years, playing with many well-known artists.
Howard Spring, guitar
Dr. Howard Spring is an ethnomusicologist, jazz historian, and jazz guitarist who teaches ethnomusicology and jazz studies at the University of Guelph. He has published research on the improvisational style of jazz guitarist Charlie Christian, the beginnings of Swing jazz during the late 1920s and early 1930s in New York, the relationship between jazz and social dance, and swing performance practice. He has played in various jazz ensembles at jazz clubs in Toronto as well as faculty concerts at the University of Guelph.
Al Gorman, guitar
Teacher, musician, and producer, Al Gorman is a seasoned participant in all aspects of the jazz world. He teaches jazz guitar at the University of Guelph, has recorded a CD with his own quartet (Bisco Blues 2015) and has played as a valued sideman in numerous jazz groups in Toronto. He has produced a tribute CD to legendary jazz guitarist Ed Bickert which included such guitar luminaries as Lorne Lofsky, Rob Piltch and Reg Schwagger.
Andy Klaehn sax, clarinet
Andy Klaehn is a local woodwind player who has taught at U. of G. for the past 20 years. He can be heard in many local jazz clubs, including the Jazz Room, Manhattans, and has performed at the Rex in Toronto. His tenor, alto, soprano, and clarinet can be heard on several of the 'Phoenix' jazz recordings. Andy also teaches at Long and McQuade in Guelph and Cambridge.
Ted Warren, drums
Ted is one of Canada's most accomplished drummers. He is an active member of Canada's jazz scene and has recently been recognized with the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival's Special Recognition award. Ted fronts his own quartet, Ted's Warren Commission, which has released three CDs and embarked on a nationwide tour in 2009. He has played with such Canadian music luminaries as Mike Murley, Jeff Healey, and Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. Ted recorded six CDs with the Boss Brass including Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme). He has worked with many acclaimed international performers, including Slide Hampton, Bob Newhart, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, and Gerry Bergonzi. Ted's extensive touring has taken him to Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan. Ted endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Gretsch drums. Ted received his certificate in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University. He teaches at University of Guelph and Mohawk College in their Jazz Studies programs and is a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator. Ted was recently featured in a cover story in Drums Etc. magazine and has also written articles for Modern Drummer, Drum!, Canadian Musician, and Percussive Notes. He also hosts a popular drumming blog entitled Trap'd.
Rob Mcbride, bass
Rob McBride has been active as a jazz bassist in the Toronto jazz scene for the last 20 years, playing at the city's top clubs as well as venues in and around the Greater Toronto Area. His interest in jazz started in secondary school at the St. Catharines Collegiate where he played in both the big band and jazz combo. Rob continued his training at the Humber College Jazz Program, where he studied with Canadian legend Don Thompson. Rob has played with Pat LaBarbara, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, The Niagara Symphony, John Sherwood, John Neudorf, Sarah Jerrom, Carissa Neufeld, and Richard Whiteman amongst many others.