Event: Jeff LaRochelle Quintet at The Emmet Ray
Date: August 5, 2019
Venue: The Emmet Ray
Start time: 9:30 PM
End time: 11:30 PM
Jeff LaRochelle (saxophone), Chris Pruden (piano), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Daniel Fortin (bass), Eric West (drums)
Jeff LaRochelle is a saxophonist and clarinetist, composer, and educator who recently finished his Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Humber College’s renowned music program. At Humber, he studied under musicians such as Don Palmer, Mark Promane, Pat LaBarbera, Bruce Cassidy, and David Occhipinti. He received awards for excellence such as the Douglas Richards Memorial Award and the Duke Ellington Society Scholarship.
He has also studied with clarinetist Dick Thomson and saxophonists Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, and Donny McCaslin. Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Peter Appleyard, Alex Dean, Chris Potter, Ian Froman, Terence Blanchard, Geoff Young, and Jim Lewis, among many others.
Jeff performed in the 2009 Ottawa International Jazz festival as part of the Jazz Youth Summit. Fall 2009 saw him tour British Columbia with the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble (HSJE). In 2010, Jeff recorded the album “The Best is Yet To Come” with the HSJE, and his EP of his own music: “Origins”. In summer 2010, he toured in South Korea. In May/June 2011, he participated in the Banff Summer Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Dave Douglas, with guest artists such as the group Kneebody.
Jeff is currently working on developing the jazz/chamber crossover Origins Ensemble, and his own quartet. He plays or has played with many other projects in Toronto such as Mikko Hilden’s Standards Quartet and Trio Manouche, the Andrew McAnsh Quintet, Mark Godfrey Quintet, Monk’s Music and among many other musicians in Toronto.