We are  45north - Andre, bass guitar - Ed, electric guitar - Jean, trumpet - Paul, keys - Ralph, sax - Bill Brown, drums 

and, in case you're wondering how we got the band name, scroll to the bottom...

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Recent gigs:


45north performed the opening concert at Merrickville's Jazz Fest on Oct 12.  We performed an all Canadian jazz set

May 20, we played atGreenfields Gastro Pub, Barrhaven

April 1, great time at Fatboys once again.  A couple of photos below...


December 20, we played at the Rainbow Bistro, Murray St

December 17, we played at Fatboys Smokehouse, Murray St 

Dec 11, we played at the Record Centre, Wellington St - see review below...

 Sept - Les Brasseurs du Temps - we had a great time playing to a full house

  Check back for updates ....

NEW -  recordings of 45north added below

45north    band

45north band is a 6-piece band - trumpet, sax, piano, guitar, bass and drums.  We perform a great repertoire of great jazz tunes by Canadian artists from the 1960's to today.  Our arrangements are done by us, Jean Trudel has done many, or by others specifically for 45north.

Contact Ralph Hopper for booking information or general inquiries:    email  phone: 613-833-3509 

45north is:  Ralph Hopper, sax/guitar/voc; Jean Trudel, trumpet/flugel; Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul O'Connor, keyboards/vocals; Andre Van Schyndel, bass/voc; Bill Brown, drums

A sample listing of tunes by Canadian artists that forms a core of our repertoire:

    • Dissfunktion     by Manteca
    • Honeydew Harbour     by David Restivo [Toronto]
    • Swinging Shepherd Blues     by Moe Koffman
    • Fissure       by Snaggle [Toronto]
    • Cowboy Bebop and The Work Song     by David Braid [Toronto]
    • Stanstill      by Mike Murley [Toronto]
    • Blue Jeans  -  LeBreton Flats   by Rob Lussier [Ottawa]
    • Blue Jade     by Joe Sealy   
    • St. Elmo's Fire     by David Foster
    • Hockey Night in Canada theme arranged by Jean Trudel [Ottawa]
    • Intrada      by Alan Matheson [Vancouver]
    • Jazz Dance    by Paul Novotny
    • The Smudge     by Oscar Peterson
    • Signal to Noise     by Jean Trudel 

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Short videos of 45north playing at Fatboys in April 2017 and a wonderful crowd out that night - top left, 'Dissfunktion', a Manteca tune - great drum solo by Bill Brown.  Top right is 'See The Light' by Jeff Healey and great guitar solo by Ed and vocal by Paul.  Bottom left is a couple of solos in the tune 'LeBreton Flats' a shuffle jazz blues written by Rob Lussier [from Ottawa] solos by Jean [tpt] and Ed [gtr].  All videos by Albert Kaprielian

We were in the studio recording some demo tracks earlier this year in March and will post them here once edited and mixed.  LeBreton Flats now posted along with a short version [no solos] of Dissfunktion - Honeydew Harbour by David Restivo, a tune on his excellentrecent CD 'The Waves' - also Work Song, a tune written by David Braid .

Here's the first recordings we have.  LeBreton Flats is a full length version from our recording session in March.  A tune written by Rob Lussier.  The others here are short versions of 45north performing 'Blue Jeans', an original tune written by Rob Lussier who is from Ottawa; 'Honeydew Harbour' a wonderful grooving tune by David Restivo;   'Dissfunktion', by Manteca from their CD 'Onward'; Work Song is by David Braid - the great party tune 'Flip Flop Fly' by Downchild Blues Band;  and the great Joni Mitchell tune 'Raised On Robbery'.

LeBreton Flats performed by 45north band.mp3

Honeydew Harbour full mix.mp3

Dissfunktion performed by 45north.mp3

Work Song performed by 45north.mp3

Blue Jeans performed by 45north .mp3

Stanstill performed by 45north in head.MP3

St Elmos Fire performed by 45north.MP3

Our gig at BDT, Sept 2016

            45north at Fatboys Smokehouse, April, 2017

Here are a few short clips to give you an idea about other tunes we play - these are not us but we will have our own recordings posted as soon as we can.

Fissure by Snaggle.mp3

Cowboy Bebop short edit sample.mp3

Intrada by Alan Matheson short edit.mp3

Swami Swing short edit sample.mp3

     45north at the Record Centre - photo by Brett Delmage     ottawajazzscene.ca

 Here's a few photos from our recording session March 23. Photos by Albert Kaprielian - official 45north photographer

 Ralph Hopper, Ottawa, Ontario, K4C1B8  


THE BANDNAME - 45north

Ottawa [city hall] lies at Latitude  45.42N and Longitude  75.69W   -  so, being based in Ottawa we shortened that up a bit and decided 45north worked as our band name  

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

    Review posted by Ottawajazzscene.ca from our gig at the Record Centre, Dec 11, 2016  

   45north plays all-Canadian jazz with enthusiasm and flair

The Ottawa jazz sextet specializes in music by fellow Canucks – both straight jazz and jazz fusion interpretations of pop and rock songs. So Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” was followed by Mike Murley's “Stanstill”, and David Braid's “Cowboy Bebop” by the Powder Blues Band's “Doin' It Right”.

The combination – lively and upbeat, with horns – was a good antidote to the looming dark and frigid weather outside. The band played to customers who came and went and a varied group of listeners who stayed and clapped enthusiastically – adding to the beat during some songs as well as afterwards. Near the end of the show, a youngster in a blue snowsuit (and a 'Canada' toque) peered through the outer door from the sidewalk in fascination for almost 10 minutes, but couldn't be coaxed inside to hear the band directly.

45north – Ralph Hopper on tenor sax, Jean Trudel on trumpet, Paul O'Connor on keyboards, Ed Stevens on guitar, Andre Van Schyndel on bass, and Steve Barrette on drums – ended their hour-long show with a rousing version of Joni Mitchell's classic “Raised on Robbery”, with Van Schyndel giving the vocals suitable va-voom. At the end, one of the band members had sudden second thoughts, and audibly wondered whether they really should have played a song about robbery in a record store – to the amusement of the audience.

    – Alayne McGregor

see the full review and all the photos at Ottawajazzscene.ca