Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Another millennial saxophone player that is making a huge splash in the Toronto jazz scene and beyond is alto saxophonist Jake Koffman.

Jake, whom not only went to Humber College to study jazz performance, also shares a unique historic connection to the Toronto jazz scene by being the grandson of the great saxophonist and composer Moe Koffman.   As Moe conquered the 20th century with his forays into jazz, classical, and studio music, Jake is well on his way to following his footsteps and carving out a name for himself as a force to be reckoned with in the jazz world.

It also helps to have in the band pianist Bernie Senensky, a longtime family friend of Moe’s, to help out the next generation star in his jazz exploits.  He would supply effective support behind Jake to either swing softly, or drive hard into the groove.    Jake’s friend Morgan Childs happens to be one of the most strong, consistent, and creative bebop drummers produced in Canada, providing ample support to the playfulness of the group.   With Kieran Overs in the bass chair, it supplies the anchor needed to drive a steady groove from beginning to end.

The choice of repertoire that I heard in this evening are tried and tested true standards which never seem out of date or style.   Love for Sale.   On the Sunny Side of the Street.   Groovin’ High.    And much more.

Jake Koffman is an artist to look out for since he is truly a cool cat who can really swing.

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