Jazz Orchestra

“A marvelous Jazz ensemble whose artistry and resourcefulness can best be described as breathtaking.” 

Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

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

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, Steve Kaldestad, Cory Weeds, Dave Robbins and many more. The unique and dynamic sound of the band is also created by the repertoire, featuring sparkling compositions and delectable arrangements by Jill Townsend and Bill Coon.

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

The Band

Jill Townsend leader
Steve Kaldestad  alto
Bill Runge  alto
Cory Weeds  tenor
Ben Henriques  tenor
Chad Makela  bari

Derry Byrne  trumpet
Brad Turner  trumpet
Tom Shorthouse trumpet
John Korsrud trumpet

Rod Murray  trombone
Dennis Esson  trombone
Jeremy Berkman  trombone
Cam Henderson  bass trombone

Bill Coon  guitar
Rene Worst  bass
Dave Robbins  drums