The Canadian Jazz Collective is a newly created group of established and Award-Winning Canadian jazz artists, which takes a collaborative approach to the presentation of original Canadian jazz on the international market. The Collective’s repertoire consists of original compositions from saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, and trumpeter Derrick Gardner, and also the works of guitarist Lorne Lofsky, one of the unsung heroes on the Canadian jazz scene – all specially arranged for this ensemble.
This exciting new ensemble, comprised of leaders Kirk MacDonald (saxophonist/composer), Derrick Gardner (trumpeter/composer), & Lorne Lofsky (guitarist/composer), along with rising star clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, bassist Neil Swainson, pianist Brian Dickinson, and Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter, was formed with the purpose of creative collaboration; the blending of three unique artistic voices, and developing new performance ensembles for their works, in order to showcase their virtuosic, world-class artistry and original compositions to new international audiences.
In early May of 2022, The CJC (Canadian Jazz Collective) travelled to the European cities of Paris, Nueburg, Villingen, Vienna and also London, where they presented a highly successful series of seven concerts for sold out, standing-room-only audiences and while in Germany recorded their inaugural performance album at the iconic MPS Studios (Most Perfect Sound) in Villingen in the Black Forest, where Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson recorded many famous albums in the 1960s. The CJC ‘s first album, co-produced by German promoter/record producer Friedhelm Schulz is set for International release by HGBS Blue records on CD, vinyl, and all digital platforms in late March 2023.