Event: Phil Dwyer at The Emmet Ray
Date: July 29, 2019
Venue: The Emmet Ray
Start time: 9:30 PM
End time: 11:30 PM
Phil Dwyer (saxophone)
As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Among over 100 recordings he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet. For 15 years Phil was a successful session player, and a regular performer Toronto’s top jazz clubs, where he appeared with jazz giants Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Joe Labarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker and many others. He was also an ‘in demand’ arranger, musical director, composer and performer for CBC Radio Music, appearing regularly on national broadcasts, and as m/d of a groundbreaking 3 hour live broadcast from post-Katrina New Orleans. In addition to regular touring in Canada he has been active internationally, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America.
A resident of his native Vancouver Island since 2004 Phil remains busy as a performer and as a composer and arranger for concert and recording projects. This includes orchestral projects with Sarah Slean and the CBC Orchestra, big band work with Hard Rubber Orchestra, chamber music for the Gryphon Trio, and several projects with the Art Of Time Ensemble, of which he is a founding member. Phil was twice named “arranger of the year” at the National Jazz Awards. His most recent project, an ambitious 40 minute work called “Changing Seasons” was a piece written for violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, along with jazz orchestra and string orchestra. It received it’s successful premiere at McGill University in late 2010, and plans are currently underway for a studio recording.