The Atlantic Jazz Nights are a new international jazz series in St. John’s. The series is hosted and curated by St. John’s-based pianist Florian Hoefner and bassist, Jim Vivian and presented by the Arts and Culture Centre. The inaugural season will include 5 shows between June 2022 and March 2023 that will each feature invited guest artists from the US and Canada who will perform together with Hoefner and Vivian.
Atlantic Jazz Nights Schedule:
January 14 - Atlantic Jazz Nights with Mike Murley & Ian Froman
March 3 - Atlantic Jazz Nights with Laila Biali & Fabio Ragnelli
An engaging, lyrical saxophonist, Mike Murley is one of Canada’s most celebrated and well-respected jazz artists. Currently active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, Murley also maintains a busy schedule as both a sideman and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Jazz Program. He has played on fourteen Juno Award-winning recordings since 1990, seven as a leader or co-leader, seven as a sideman. His most recent Junos include The North (2018), Metalwood’s Twenty (2017) and his trio’s Test of Time (2013).
Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981 Murley has enjoyed a career that has spanned a wide stylistic spectrum. Recordings with legendary Canadian artists such as Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and Rob McConnell showcase the saxophonist’s talents in the mainstream standard repertoire. On the more contemporary side, Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid and guitarist David Occhipinti. He is also well known for his work with the three-time Juno Award winning electric jazz group Metalwood. In addition he has recorded and performed with numerous other Canadian and international artists including John Abercrombie, David Liebman, Paul Bley, John Schofield and Kenny Wheeler.
A seasoned creative and working musician, Ian moved to the US from Ottawa, Canada, where he began playing drums in his early teens, to study Jazz Performance, first at Berklee College of Music (B.M., 1984; selected to attend the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida to study with Elvin Jones), and then with Miroslav Vitous at the New England Conservatory (M.M., 1986).
Ian is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music, Drummers Collective, New School University and City College of New York. Ian lives in New York City, where he has performed and recorded with many of the city’s top artists.
His extensive touring in North America, Europe, and Asia has included club, concert, and festival appearances, as well as television and radio broadcasts with such artists as: John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton, Marc Copland, Garry Dial, Mathew Garrison, George Garzone, Larry Goldings, Mick Goodrick, Larry Grenadier, Tim Hagans, Craig Handy, John Hart, Kevin Hayes, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Rick Margitza, Cecil McBee, Ron McClure, Ben Monder, George Mraz, Mike Stern, John Taylor, Mirosolav Vitous, and Kenny Wheeler.
He has received two Canadian Juno Awards (1998, 1999), two Jazz Report Magazine awards (1998, 1999), and a West Coast Music Award (1998) for his work with the Canadian group Metalwood. Ian’s discography is also extensive.
The range of his work can be appreciated by listening to his contributions to Rick Margitza’s Heart of Hearts, Sheryl Bailey’s Power of 3 CD’s, Wolfgang Schalk’s Quartet CD’s, The Mike Murley/David Braid Quartet, Laszlo Gardony’s The Secret, Manu Pekar’s Passages, Ahmad Mansour’s Penumbra, Episode, Oxiana and Tumbleweed.