Jazz on the Wing – Yukon Arts Centre cabaret

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $27.50
  • Senior (60+): $25
  • Teens (13-19): $18
  • Child (12 and under): $8

Ticket Sales

Special series ticket offer until November 3, 2019

  • 5 shows for the price of 4
  • Adults: $110, Seniors: $100, Youth: $72, Child: $32
  • Only at Yukon Arts Centre Box Office 667-8574 or in-person

5 for the price of 4 series tickets are available until November 3, 2019.

Jazz in the Hall - Old Fire Hall

Ticket Prices (at the door)

  • General Admission: $7
  • Teens & Children (19 and under): Free

Jazz on the Wing - Dawson City

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $25
  • KIAC members: $22
  • Youth/SOVA students: $10
  • Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm
  • Tickets at Maximillian’s, KIAC or at the door

Jazz on the Wing - Haines Junction

Ticket Prices

  • Tickets: $20 adults/$10 youth & seniors, Free for 12 & under
  • Doors open @ 7:00 pm, show starts @ 7:30 pm
  • Tickets at the door
Saxophonist Sam Taylor Quartet from New York City featuring Larry McKenna

Saxophonist Sam Taylor Quartet from New York City featuring Larry McKenna

“Patiently and lovingly devotes himself to the song… Nothing but rapt attention to the song, to melody, to the way a great artist can make us feel” ~ Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

Bio

Hailed by All About Jazz as “wise beyond his years” and “remarkable” by Toronto Music Report, saxophonist Sam Taylor lives and performs in New York City. A Philadelphia native, Taylor is a recording artist on Cellar Live, with his second, Along The Way, featuring saxophone legend, Larry McKenna. In support of the release, Taylor performed two nights at The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2018. Past performance highlights include a concert with trumpeter Jon Faddis; jazz legend James Moody’s 80th Birthday Celebration; touring Europe as a guest soloist with The Noord-Nederlands Conservatorium Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Taylor is a recipient of a New Artist grant from The Netherland America Foundation, and serves as artistic director for The West Harlem Jazz Festival. Taylor can be found playing throughout the week at steady engagements in Hamilton Heights, Harlem, and Midtown Manhattan.

http://www.samtaylormusic.com

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SAM TAYLOR’s true jazz education began during his three years at Philadelphia’s High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Immersed in the deep tradition of Philadelphia’s jazz community, Taylor studied and performed with Chris Farr, Matt Levy, and Len Murphy. Dedication and love for music extended into the summer months, where he participated in distinguished programs: The Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music Summer Jazz Workshop, The School for Improvisational Music, and Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. After receiving The Dennis Sandole Foundation Jazz Award, publishing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and performing with exclusive ensembles in all major venues of Philadelphia, Sam left at the age of seventeen for New York City.

In 2001 Sam began his studies at Purchase College State University of New York. The next four years proved crucial to Sam’s development, with classroom and bandstand mentoring from Todd Coolman, Ralph Lalama, Jon Faddis, Javon Jackson, Pete Malinverni and John Riley. Quickly recognized for his talent and dedication, Taylor was given an opportunity to perform in Groningen, Holland as a guest soloist with the The Noord-Nederlands Conservatorium Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Other performance highlights included an awards ceremony for Dave Brubeck at The National Arts Club, premiering his compositions with Jon Faddis at the Central Presbyterian Church of New York City, and performing in an eightieth birthday celebration for James Moody at The Performing Arts Center. This performance with James Moody was particularly exciting, playing to a packed theatre with saxophone legends Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Mark Turner and Ralph Lalama.

Since graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude, Sam has become an active member of the New York City jazz community. Featuring his own projects and collaborations, he has performed at numerous venues including Smalls Jazz Club, The National Arts Club, Cornelia Street Cafe, Fat Cat, and Webster Hall. Taylor can be found playing throughout the week at steady engagements in Hamilton Heights, Harlem and Midtown Manhattan. In addition to his busy performance schedule, Taylor also serves as artistic director for The West Harlem Jazz Festival

Taylor’s debut recording, My Future Just Passed, (released on Cellar Live, August 2015) was hailed by the Toronto Music Report as a “remarkable release”, with All About Jazz describing his playing as “wise beyond his years”. It features the masterful Taro Okamoto on drums along with bassist Aidan O’Donnell.

Along The Way, Taylor’s second album was released on Cellar Live, November 2017 featuring saxophone legend, Larry McKenna along with a top tier New York rhythm section: Jeb Patton, piano; Neal Miner, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums. In celebration of the release, Taylor performed along side Larry McKenna for two nights at The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2018.


LAWRENCE (‘Larry’) MCKENNA is one of the world’s finest jazz saxophone players, known for his gorgeous tenor saxophone sound, the beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations. After six decades in his profession, his international reputation as both a masterful jazz improviser and educator is firmly established. Over the years, Larry has performed and recorded with many jazz stars including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Barry Harris, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Harry Allen, Terell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Warren Vaché, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Frank Sinatra.

Larry McKenna’s composing, songwriting and arranging skills received critical acclaim with the 2013 release of his CD, “From All Sides,” supported in part by a Subito Grant from the American Composers Forum. Among other originals, this CD introduced his popular bossa nova “One Falling Tree” with lyrics by Melissa Gilstrap sung by Joanna Pascale, voted the number two song of the year out of 100 by listeners of WRTI 90.1 FM Philadelphia in 2013.

Larry’s writing and arranging skills are further showcased by the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece band dedicated to presenting Larry’s original compositions and arrangements. In 2018, the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra was invited by WRTI to film a live performance in the radio station’s recording studio for the station’s upcoming jazz video project.

Recently Larry McKenna partnered with longtime friend and fellow Philadelphia tenor player, Robert “Bootsie” Barnes, to release their CD, “The More I See You” (Cellar Live 2018). This critically-acclaimed CD placed on national jazz charts for several weeks, and WRTI selected it as “Jazz Album of the Week” in November 2018.

In addition to being a frequent guest on recordings by other top jazz players, Larry has released three other CDs under his own name to critical acclaim. “Profile” (Dreambox Media 2009) mixes jazz standards with Larry’s original compositions, including the poignant ballad “Perhaps This Wintertime” with lyrics by Melissa Gilstrap. Premiered on the CD by vocalist Nancy Reed, this ballad was critically praised as “destined to become a new standard” and subsequently performed and/or recorded by other internationally known vocalists, including Denise King, Mary Ellen Desmond and Jackie Ryan. Larry’s earlier CDs, “It Might As Well Be Spring” (Dreambox Media 2001) and “My Shining Hour – Music of Harold Arlen” (EPE Records 1995), received praise from jazz critics across the United States and Canada.

Recent performance highlights include Larry McKenna’s 2018 and 2015 “Barry & Larry” concerts with the legendary pianist Barry Harris at William Paterson University in New Jersey. In 2018 and 2014 Larry appeared with the Woody Herman Tribute Band in Los Angeles, including in 2018 a special quintet performance with trumpeter Bobby Shew. Larry was also a featured soloist in two concerts in 2014 with The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia under the direction of Terell Stafford, together with jazz greats Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, and Randy Brecker. In 2011 the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra showcased Larry as a soloist, performing movements from an orchestral arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

Larry is one of the most sought-out saxophone and jazz theory teachers in Philadelphia. He has taught countless students at University of the Arts, Temple University School of Music, West Chester University, Widener University, and Community College of Philadelphia.

In recognition of his extensive contributions to the jazz world, in 2015 Larry McKenna along with Pat Martino received a Jazz Legend Award from the Philadelphia Clef Club. Larry has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in jazz performance and education from the University of the Arts; the Jazz Master Award from the Media, Pennsylvania Business Authority; and the Making A Difference Award from The Jazz Bridge Project.

Music arranged by Larry McKenna has been performed on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and in the Nicolas Cage movie “Birdy,” in which Larry played and appeared. He has published many jazz arrangements for school bands which can be purchased from Northeastern Music Publications.

Larry resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drummer AARON SEEBER, a 26-year old drummer living in Brooklyn, NY is making his name as an emerging Jazz drummer in New York City. Aaron is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase, where he studied Jazz Drums under the tutelage of renowned instructors Kenny Washington and John Riley. He was a member of the Purchase Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jon Faddis and Todd Coolman. Aaron also had the opportunity to study with great musicians at Purchase, including Hal Galper, Jon Faddis, Doug Weiss, Gary Smulyan and Pete Malinverni, among many others.

Originally born in Washington DC, Aaron was exposed early on to many great musicians such as Buck Hill, Freddie Redd, Butch Warren, Larry Willis and many other legends that helped feed his enthusiasm for Jazz music. While in high school, Aaron attended Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy of Music (JAM) Camp, where Aaron is now on as faculty drum instructor and combo teacher.

As a performer, Aaron has had the incredible opportunity to share the stage with greats Eric Reed, Jon Faddis, Cyrille Aimée, Jeremy Pelt, Paul Bollenback, Tim Green, Bruce Harris, Gary Smulyan,  Mike Ledonne, Freddie Redd, Butch Warren, Grant Stewart, Chuck Redd, and many others. He has performed internationally with The Warren Wolf Trio and nationally with the grammy award winning group, The New York Voices. He leads his own Quintet at Smalls Jazz Club twice a month. Aaron has played at many of the renowned venues and festivals around the world including Blues Alley, Marian’s Jazz Room (Switzerland), The Blue Note New York, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Twins Jazz, The Kennedy Center, Atlas Theater, Carnegie Hall,  The DC Jazz Festival and The Falcon.

Bassist NEAL MINER was introduced to the world of jazz by his first teacher – his father Bill Miner, a respected jazz record collector and discographer.  Bill’s love of jazz kindled a passion in his son from an early age.  Bill shared the music of his vast record collection, took Neal to clubs and concerts, and ensured he received the best musical instruction.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Neal received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, and attended the Manhattan School of Music.  Most notable of his private teachers were classical bassist, Orin O’Brien of the New York Philharmonic, and jazz bassist, John Webber.

Since the age of 19, Neal has been a solid fixture on the New York City jazz scene and is a favored bassist to a host of musicians, both rising jazz stars (Larry Goldings, Harry Allen, Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, David Hazeltine, Dena Derose, Ann Hampton Callaway, Loston Harris), and jazz legends (James Moody, Frank Wess, David Allyn, Eddie Locke, Etta Jones, Bob Dorough, Warren Vaché).  Neal has toured and recorded with Jon Hendricks since 1998, and has been backing Annie Ross steadily since 2005 at her weekly engagement at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.  In 2007, Neal joined Jane Monheit’s band with which he has been performing at major festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls around the world.  Neal has written arrangements for and plays on Jane’s last two albums, The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me, and Home.

Neal has four CD releases as a leader showcasing his compositions and arrangements.  In 2000, his debut CD, The Real Neal, was released on the Juniper Records label.  In 2006, The Evening Sound, was released on the Smalls Records label.  In 2010, Neal released his CD, Happy Hour, on the Gut String Records label.  In 2011 Neal’s lastest release, Sweet Tooth, is on the Gut String Records label.  “Miner’s uncontrived projection of this lexicon’s spirit raises the music appreciably above the generic.”  —Bill Shoemaker, Downbeat

In addition to performing, Neal teaches private jazz bass lessons through the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, the City College of New York and the New School.

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

7:30pm, Yukon Arts Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon

Cabaret Seating

Personnel

Sam Taylor – tenor saxophone
Lawrence McKenna – tenor saxophone
Aaron Seeber – drums
Neal Miner – upright bass

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