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, 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.

The Band

Jill Townsend
Steve Kaldestad
Bill Runge
Cory Weeds
Ben Henriques
Chad Makela

Rod Murray
Dennis Esson
Robin MacLulich
Jeremy Berkman
Derry Byrne
Kent Wallace
Brad Turner
Tom Shorthouse

Bill Coon
Rene Worst
Dave Robbins