Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra

The CD

The Band

The Players

The Press

It has been almost 25 years since Fred Stride recorded his big band album Fred Stride and the Westcoast Jazz Orchestra - First Time Out. This new edition of the band, now called the Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra, features some of the finest jazz musicians in Vancouver, Canada. While the band primarily plays the compositions and arrangements of Fred Stride they have also performed many jazz classics including Duke Ellington's and Billy Strayhorn's version of Tchaikcovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, original music by the late Ron Collier as well as premiering his arrangement of Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite, a retrospective of the music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra Kenton and Beyond with new works by Fred Stride and Brad Turner, a recreation of the Stan Kenton/Johnny Richards master work Cuban Fire which was broadcast on CBC radio, and a concert of major works by Duke Ellington including reconstructions of Black, Brown And Beige, and Harlem - A Tone Parallel which was also broadcast on CBC radio.

Fred Stride has been an active composer, arranger, band leader, and once upon a time trumpet player for the the past 30 years. He has written countless arrangements for various entertainers and performers for both live performance and on recordings in almost every musical style, from pop music to chamber ensembles, big bands, concert bands, theatre orchestras and symphony orchestras. As well as his many jazz compositions, which are played by groups around the world, Fred has also written non-jazz works for the CBC Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, several Canadian Armed Forces Bands as well as many community, university, elementary and high school concert bands across Canada.

The music on this 80 minute CD contains a cross section of big band compositions by Fred Stride. While coming firmly out of the big band tradition these are forward looking jazz pieces featuring extensive solo and ensemble work. The compositions range from a shuffle based on the Canadian parliamentary system, a subtle latin piece in 7/4, an up tempo piece based on life preservers, a dark blues, a light samba featuring clarinets and a concerto based on images of machinery. The powerhouse big band on this disc features many of Vancouver's finest jazz performers including soloists Brad Turner (trumpet), Campbell Ryga (soprano and alto saxophone), Tom Colclough (clarinet), Jon Bentley (tenor saxophone), Alvin Cornista (tenor saxophone) Andre Lachance (bass), Ross Taggart (piano), Dennis Esson (trombone) and many others.