Winners of 2002 National Jazz Award for Big Band Of The Year, and a
JUNO Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, NOJO continues to create a
stir with its daring and joyous music. Featuring some of Canada's best
improvising musicians, the original music of pianist Paul Neufeld and
guitarist Michael Occhipinti draws on a diversity of styles, incorporating
funk, blues, west African music, and a century of jazz. With its
infectious grooves, bold melodies, and colourful textures, NOJO has
recently released its fourth CD Highwire and completed a 16-date Canadian
tour, and just returned from a concert tour in Holland.
Since its inception in 1994, NOJO has performed at numerous
jazz festivals and venues, including the prestigious Umbria Jazz Winter
Festival in Orvieto, Italy and at the renowned Festival International de
Jazz de Montreal. Creating music that's caught the attention of some of
the most important names in jazz, 2001 saw NOJO performing with Ray
Anderson at the Toronto Jazz Festival, Don Byron at the Guelph Jazz
Festival, and with Sam Rivers at the Markham Jazz Festival, as well as a
standing-room-only weekend at Toronto's Top O' The Senator jazz club.
Covering a broad stylistic range with an intensity that few groups can
match, NOJO performs with a friendly spirit and a high level of
musicianship that puts it on par with the best large ensembles anywhere.
In June of 1997, NOJO began an ongoing collaboration with
celebrated clarinetist Don Byron, who has been NOJO's frequent 17th member
ever since, appearing on both Highwire and the group's previous CD You Are
Here. As well as performing with Byron, Ray Anderson, and Sam Rivers, NOJO
has also performed with trumpet great Kenny Wheeler, and tenor saxophone
player Joe Lovano. NOJO's four CDs include their JUNO winning self-titled
debut CD (released 1995), and the JUNO nominated follow-up CDs, FireWater
(1996), You Are Here (1998), and Highwire (2002.) Both Highwire and You
Are Here are available on True North Records, distributed by Universal.
Look for a CD of the NOJO9 plus legendary saxophonist Sam Rivers in 2004.