This concert is presented by Concerts in Care Ontario and features the Tony Simpkin Trio. Over the past thirty-five years they have worked with some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians.
00:45 It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Duke Ellington
04:52 Moon River – Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
09:07 Lullaby of Birdland – George Shearing
14:19 Serenade to a Cuckoo – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
20:00 Take the ‘A’ Train – Billy Strayhorn
24:14 The Girl from Ipanema – Antônio Carlos Jobim
30:10 We’ll Meet Again – Ross Parker & Hughie Charles
The Tony Simpkin Trio comprises Tony Simpkin (piano), Allan Walsh (saxophone) and Brian Quebec (bass). They have performed with some of the finest Canadian jazz musicians over the past thirty-five years. They regularly perform at the Jazz Sudbury Festival and this past year they enjoyed playing with the Northern Ontario All Stars Big Band.
The trio especially enjoys interpreting songs from the “Great American Songbook”, that glorious collection of popular songs from such great composers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and many others.
Tony, a retired CPA, taught jazz piano at Laurentian University for twenty years and served as the musical director for the CTV – Lion’s Children’s Christmas Telethon from 1994 to 2016. Allan Walsh, hailing from Prince Edward Island, is the current artistic director of the Jazz Sudbury Festival. Allan is the proprietor of Walsh’s Musical Instrument Service and he continues to perform and teach in the Sudbury area. Brian, a jazz music instructor, has performed in countless musical environments, most recently with the Edith Piaf Revue. He has played on numerous albums and continues to perform and teach in the Sudbury area.