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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- recordings of 45north below -
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. For Canada's 150th celebrations in 2017 we added a group of tunes to our repertoire that were non-jazz tunes but all by Canadians. We have now reverted back to our all jazz repertoire, a short list is below, and we are now adding a number or original tunes as well as we continue to refine our book.
Contact Ralph Hopper for booking information or general inquiries: email phone: 613-833-3509 - cell: 613-882-8464
45north is: Ralph Hopper, saxes; Jean Trudel, trumpet/flugel; Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul O'Connor, keyboards; Andre Van Schyndel, bass; Bill Brown, drums
A sample listing of tunes by Canadian artists that forms the 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 and 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
- Intrada by Alan Matheson [Vancouver]
- Jazz Dance by Paul Novotny
- In The Blues Garden and Sundown Comin' and Swamp Gator Crawl by Bill King [Toronto]
- Search Warrant by Montreal Hard Bop 5
- Under Burning Skies by Souljazz Orchestra
- Signal to Noise and Dimpled Chad by Jean Trudel
- Eight By Eight and Green's 'N Blues and For The Dance by Ralph Hopper
- Some non-Canadian tunes
- Street Singer by Tina Brooks
- Five Spot After Dark by Benny Golson
- Line For Lyons and Rico Apollo and Festive Minor and Soft Shoe by Gerry Mulligan
- Short Stop by Shorty Rogers
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45north performed the opening concert at Merrickville's Jazz Fest on Oct 12. We performed an all Canadian jazz set
May 20, we played at Greenfields 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
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 in March 2017 and the results are posted here. LeBreton Flats now posted along with a short version [no solos] of Dissfunktion by Manteca and Honeydew Harbour by David Restivo, a tune on his excellent recent CD 'The Waves' - also Work Song, a tune written by David Braid .
Here's the recordings we have. 'LeBreton Flats' is a full length version from our recording session in March 2017 - a tune written by Rob Lussier. The others here are short versions of 45north performing 'Blue Jeans', another 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. 'Stanstill' is a Mike Murley tune and the last one on this list, 'St Elmo's Fire' is by David Foster.
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
45north at the Record Centre in2017 - photo by Brett Delmage ottawajazzscene.ca
Here's a few photos from our recording session March 23, 2017. 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