Ethan Hawke/Chet Baker-inspired film, “Born To Be Blue” performs its award- winning jazz:
The New York Observer describes the music as “authentic and sophisticated” and it won both “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song” at the Canadian Academy Awards. The jazz music from the film, “Born to Be Blue”, was composed and arranged by Steinway Artist, David Braid, and performed alongside Chet Baker- alumni, Terry Clarke (drums), and Steve Wallace (bass.) On trumpet, is Kevin Turcotte. Soundtrack available on Warner Bros/Rhino Records.
“Born to Be Blue leaves us breathless with it’s music” – Lustre Magazine
“The Canadian pianist, David Braid, assembles a concise mix of standards and originals, all given a contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity" - The Times, UK
About the Members:
David Braid (piano)
Steinway Artist, David Braid, is hailed in the Canadian press as ‘a jazz genius to call our own’ (Maclean’s Magazine.) This multi-Canadian-Grammy-winning pianist has performed concerts of his original music in many countries in Europe, as well as Russia, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, Brazil, The United States, and Canada. In 2016, Braid received a career achievement award from the “Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford fund.” David Braid is an Artist-in- Residence at the University of Toronto, and an Associate Artist of Sinfonia UK Collective.
"Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time." – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (USA)
Terry Clarke (drums)
Vancouver-born drummer, Terry Clarke came to fame by playing on the award- winning album Live at Monterey Jazz Fest in 1966 with John Handy for Columbia Records. In 1968 Terry joined The Fifth Dimension and toured extensively with them until 1970. Relocating to New York, Clarke worked regularly with such artists as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jim Hall, Helen Merrill, Jay Leonhart, and Roger
Kellaway. Terry's discography includes over 200 albums with artists such as Jim
Hall, Oscar Peterson, Rob McConnell, the Singers Unlimited, Frank Rosolino, Toshiko
Akioshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Freddie Hubbard and Lew Tabackin, Jay McShann, Buddy Tate, Emily Remler, John Handy, Ed Bickert, Helen Merrill, and Roger Kellaway.
Kevin Turcotte (trumpet)
Kevin Turcotte has been featured on stage with a diverse roster of players such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Don Byron, Brian Blade, Seamus Blake, David Tronzo, Tito Puente, Herb Geller, Curtis Fuller, Roscoe Mitchell and David Clayton-Thomas.
Toronto-based Turcotte has had the privilege of playing on more than one hundred recordings over the last twenty years. Eighteen of these recordings have garnered Juno Nominations while four were Juno Winners. Whether it is recent outings by Bruce Cockburn, the funky sounds of Mr. Something Something and Planet Earth, the eclectic nature of the Great Uncles of the Revolution and Jayme Stone or modern collaborations like the Sicilian Jazz Project and Ricochet, Kevin always brings a passion and creativity to each session.
Kevin has been a long time member of many jazz groups including Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert, Time Warp, Barry Romberg’s Random Access, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon and Arts and Letters, the Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), the Dave Young Quintet, and the Jean Martin Trio.
Steve Wallace (bass)
Bassist Steve Wallace was born in 1956 in Toronto and began working with many jazz greats in clubs such as Bourbon St., Lytes, and George's while still in his early twenties. The list includes Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Sweets Edison, Lockjaw Davis, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, George Coleman, Zoot Sims, and Pepper Adams to name a few. He has also recorded and toured internationally with some of the biggest names in Canadian jazz including Fraser MacPherson, Rob McConnell, and Oscar Peterson.
In 1982 Wallace became associated with the Concord Jazz label and recorded albums as a sideman with Rosemary Clooney, Ed Bickert, and Mel Torme, among others. In 1985 he replaced ailing bassist George Duvivier to tour Europe, Japan, and Australia with Woody Herman's All Stars, a group that included Al Cohn, Buddy Tate, Urbie Green, John Bunch, and Jake Hanna. Currently Wallace maintains a busy playing schedule with such Toronto groups as the Barry Elmes Quintet, Rob McConnell's Tentet, David Braid Sextet, and the Sam Noto Quintet.