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April 2011 Archives

Canadian Jazz: The Next Generation

taradavidson.jpgThe first time Tara Davidson played in St. John's, she came with a pair of Canadian jazz heavyweights, Mike Murley and David Braid.

They called that band the Davidson Murley Braid Quintet, and among jazz fans her name would have been the least recognizable of the three.

But Mike Murley knew that wouldn't be the case for very long. He predicted that the next time she came through town she'd likely be leading a band of her own.

Fast forward to 2011. A few weeks ago, Tara Davidson released her third CD, and came to St. John's to begin a Canadian tour with the Tara Davidson Group.

The new album is called "View," and her current band represents a new generation of Canadian jazz players, with a renewed emphasis on melody and harmony.

This Saturday we'll hear their concert from the Petro Canada Hall on the campus of Memorial University,