From a media release:
The Mike Field Jazz Quintet
CD Release of ASHES - As Part of the 4th Annual NuJazz Festival
Waterfalls Indian Tapas Bar & Grill, 303 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON
Friday, November 18th, 2011 @ 9:30-10:30 pm (see below for more dates)
$10 @ Ticketweb.ca
TORONTO NOVEMBER, 2011 – Front man-trumpet player MIKE FIELD will release ASHES, his latest offering of traditional-style jazz originals at Toronto’s Waterfalls Indian Tapas Bar & Grill as part of the Fourth Annual NuJazz Festival on Friday, November 18th at 9:30 pm. For more information please visit
Toronto-based trumpeter and composer Mike Field has the capacity for vision much like a phoenix scanning the landscape and collecting sensory information, creating with intense excitement and deathless inspiration. His latest collection of nine instrumental tracks, called ASHES, delivers a deep and penetrating array of textures and sounds. Playful and sometimes melancholic melodies from Field’s introspective mind are shaped and arranged to suit the traditional jazz quintet, which includes exceptional players like Carlie Howell on upright bass, Dave Chan on drums, Paul Metcalfe on tenor saxophone and Matt Newton playing piano on the recording while pianist Teri Parker joins the band for live performances.
The tunes are mostly upbeat, though with song titles like “Missing in Paris”, “Unwanted” and the title track “Ashes,” there is the sense of loss and longing. Still, there’s somewhat of a reprieve in the sweet piano-based and lazy Sunday-morning-coffee vibe of “Gotu Kola.” The album features plenty of groove, as well as a completely unrecognizably transformed swinging major blues to minor blues tune called “The Upstanding Translator” and there’s even a waltz!
Although the songs were recorded only recently, the classically-trained Field and his band have been performing them for several years at high-profile festivals including the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival two years in a row, on tours throughout Germany and France, and on board a ship to Antarctica.
Field can be frequently heard playing with various bands at local concert venues such as The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, The El Mocambo and The Rex. He has toured Canada three times (with rock/funk band Jay Spectre), played the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and in New Zealand (where his trumpet can be heard in the experimental bossa-nova collective The Inverts). He is also in the well-known reggae collective High Plains Drifter, playing numerous local Bob Marley and Peter Tosh tribute shows.
Nov 18 2011 @ 9:30-10:30 pm – (4th Annual NuJazz Festival $10 @ door) - Waterfalls Indian Tapas Bar, Toronto, ON
Nov 27 2011 @ 9:00 pm – with House of David Gang. $15 @ door - El Mocambo, Toronto, ON
Dec 2 2011 @ 5-8:00 pm – Free! - Gate 403, Toronto, ON
Dec 16 2011 @ 7:30-10:30 pm – Christmas Party. Free! - Harlem Restaurant, Toronto, ON