The album includes nine tracks, eight of which are new contemporary jazz compositions from the Hamilton bassist/composer. Joining Cheeseman on this album are frequent collaborators Robert Chapman (guitar), Sam Kogen (piano) and Marito Marques (drums), as well as JUNO award-winning saxophonist Kelly Jefferson. The CD will be available at performances, as well as digitally through Bandcamp and iTunes.
The album comes on the heels of Cheeseman winning the coveted Grand Prix de Jazz for his band’s performance at the 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival, which included a week of studio time at Montreal’s Studio 270. “It was a huge honour to win the Grand Prix, and a catalyst to document an important time in my life through music,” explains Cheeseman. “This is a very personal record for me, and is based on a year full of change, self-discovery and reinvention. There’s a lot of heart in this music.”
Brad Cheeseman is a jazz bassist, composer and educator that has been performing since the early 2000s. His lyrical bass playing and melody-driven compositions have earned him a reputation as an in-demand emerging artist in the thriving Toronto jazz community and beyond.
He has released three all-original albums as bandleader—including 2016’s Figurants EP (featuring compositions based on the landmark novel Infinite Jest), 2015’s Brad Cheeseman Group, and 2013’s Mixed Messages EP—and is currently planning a fourth to be released Summer 2017. These albums have received airplay across Canada, won two Hamilton Music Awards and have been nominated for several others. In 2016, Brad Cheeseman was honoured to win the prestigious TD Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival with his acclaimed Brad Cheeseman Group ensemble.
In addition to his work as bandleader, Brad regularly performs with both the Brownman Electryc Trio (feat. Brownman Ali and Colin Kingsmore) and On Topic (feat. Aubrey Dayle and Kim Ratcliffe). As a sideman, Brad has had the privilege of performing with many great Canadian jazz musicians, including Colleen Allen, Bruce Cassidy, Terry Clarke, Don Englert, Adrean Farrugia, John Macleod, Mike Malone, Reg Schwager and Nancy Walker.
Brad is an Honours graduate of both Mohawk College (’09) and Humber College (BMus ’13) and completed his MA in music composition at York University (’15).