Cameron Wallis

Sunday April 14th,
7:30 PM

Cameron Wallis: Saxophones
Andre White:  Piano
Alec Walkington: Bass
Rich Irwin: Drums

“Saxophonist Cameron Wallis is one of his generation’s most unique and highly regarded performers. His evocative sound, versatility, and gift for melody have made him a fan favourite, and the go-to horn player for top jazz vocalists, including Susie Arioli and Sophie Milman. His new recording, Calling Dexter, revitalizes 50’s & 60’s-era jazz sensibilities – fervency, swing, and panache. Cameron has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Blue Note NYC, Toronto’s Massey Hall, and the legendary Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.”

“Calling Dexter” is Montreal Saxophonist Cameron Wallis‘ debut quartet
recording. Cameron first arrived in Montreal in 1997, directly out of high
school from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He earned the degree Master of Music in jazz
performance at McGill University, and has gone on to become a highly regarded
performer, composer, and arranger on the Canadian and International music
scenes. Wallis is perhaps best known for his four year tenure as musical
director and arranger for Toronto vocalist Sophie Milman. He wrote all the
Milman arrangements and contributed the original “ Reste” (Stay) to her 2007
release “Make Someone Happy , which earned a JUNO award for Vocal Jazz
Album of the Year.
Recently Cameron has become an integral member of the Susie Arioli band,
performing and arranging on her latest release “All The Way”, on Spectra
Musique, and continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists in
all genres. A short list of collaborators includes Jean Leloup, Nikki Yanofsky,
Marc Hervieux, Vic Vogel, and the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra. Cameron
has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, Russia, Mexico, and Asia, and has
performed in some of the worlds most prestigious venues, including Blue Note
Jazz Clubs in NYC and Japan, Toronto?s Massey Hall, and the legendary
Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
As co-founder of the group OneUpOneDown, Cameron has released two
critically acclaimed CDs Preface (2005) and Straight to Plan B (2007). In
2010 he formed the wildly popular saxophone showcase band The
Chateauguay Tenors which has gathered an international following through
film maker Randy Cole?s ongoing internet documentary Jazz, Period, and
recently finished a sold out invitational concert series in Montreal that
included Kind of Blue alumnus Jimmy Cobb and Baritone saxophone virtuoso
Gary Smulyan.

Calling Dexter is a hard swinging, straight ahead jazz album. The 10 tracks
are a mix of 5 originals and 5 timeless standards. The concept for this album
was to achieve an authentic sound reminiscent of classic albums by Dexter
Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Sonny Stitt. The arrangements cut straight to the
point, and the music is melodic, swinging, and without filler. It was recorded
live to “tape” and editing was avoided to achieve an inspired, honest, and
authentic sound. The concert goer who hears this album will know exactly
what to expect when they attend a live performance.