Jazz Orchestra

JTJO at FrankiesThe fabulously hip and swinging Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra delights audiences as they perform regularly to sold out houses.

Their premiere CD, Tales from the Sea generated international attention, and the Canadian National Jazz Awards nominated JTBB for “Big Band of the Year” both in 2008 and 2006. The band was invited to the prestigious IAJE Conference in New York in 2007 where they performed and premiered a new work by Socan Composer Award recipient Ian McDougall.(more)

​The band was established in 2000 with the purpose of presenting great playing of original Canadian music. Featured soloists include Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Dennis Esson, Dave Robbins and many more. The unique and dynamic sound of the band is also created by the repertoire, featuring compositions and arrangements by Townsend, Bill Coon, Ross Taggart, plus the music of Kenny Wheeler and Rick Wilkins.

The Band

Jill Townsend
Chris Startup
Bill Runge
Steve Kaldestad
Cory Weeds
Dennis Esson
Rod Murray
Jeremy Berkman
Neil Nicholson
Derry Byrne
Kent Wallace
Brad Turner
Tom Shorthouse
Bill Coon
Ken Lister
Dave Robbins