The Carn Davidson 9 is a chord-less ensemble co-led by trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson.

Formed in 2010, the group has released three recordings — the most recent being 2021’s The History of Us — all of which have been nominated for Juno Awards. The group uses its seven horns as melodic, harmonic and rhythmic devices, anchored by bass and drums.

Ahead of the group’s performance at Hugh’s Room Live, Carn joined us to talk about the Carn Davidson 9’s upcoming project With Gratitude and about the creative collaboration between the band’s two leaders.