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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is an 19-piece big band led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Chelsea McBride. The band is a collective of emerging & established Toronto musicians, including Brownman Ali and Colleen Allen. Described as “a fresh new voice on the Canadian jazz scene ” by saxophonist and composer Andy Ballantyne, the band has performed at major venues across the city, including sold-out shows at Rex Hotel and the mainstage at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

The Socialist Night School is a different sounding big band, drifting away from the typical swing charts in favour of a more contemporary sound. The Socialist Night School is influenced by artsy, everyday stuff like politics, nature, city living, but also by ECM-style jazz, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, and Darcy James Argue. Bandleader Chelsea McBride writes and arranges much of the music, but other band members get a chance to write and solo for the band – it is socialist after all.

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The Twilight Fall

The Twilight Fall

Browntasauras Records
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Intransitory

Intransitory

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School
The Twilight Fall

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