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The October Trio

The band was formed in late 2004 when its members were in Vancouver’s Capilano College Jazz Studies program, and it was hard to miss the chemistry between Evan Arntzen on saxophones, bassist Josh Cole, and drummer Dan Gaucher. Opportunity presented itself when the trio was offered a regular gig at rime, at that time east Vancouver’s creative music hub. The band recorded their first album, live at rime, using a minidisc player and two microphones. Their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Day In (Cellar Live), followed in July 2006. Co-produced by Canadian jazz icon Brad Turner, the album covers a broad musical spectrum, from the most intimate, subtle renderings to blistering grooves. Riding on the success of Day In, which was nominated for a 2007 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording, The October Trio went on to perform at the 2007 editions of the Portland, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton International Jazz Festivals. 2008 saw the band perform at the National Jazz Awards in Toronto and attend the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop.

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“Their first set showed such an easy relationship between musical form and freedom �” it was, in many ways, a vivid example of the various strains that inform Vancouver’s jazz community.” - The Globe and Mail

”..artful and melodic songs… they have an accessible but evocative sound, with a propulsive rhythmic element and a grounded sense of musicality.” -The Montreal Gazette

“This is a CD with a tangible sense of place. 3 and ½ stars” �” Down Beat Magazine

“Looks Like Its Going To Snow has no shortage of strengths, from intriguing compositions to extraordinarily inventive players, but at its core it really is all about the ensemble.” �” Jazz Times

“unmistakable chemistry and artistic purpose… Among the marvelous elements of Going to Snow is the way it easily and off-handedly incorporates funk and rock elements without becoming a collection that is dominated by a backbeat aesthetic.” �”

“The three musicians in the October Trio, who not so long ago attended Vancouver’s Capilano College Jazz Studies program (where Turner teaches) is one of Canada’s most promising jazz groups…The group’s 2009 disc, Looks Like It’s Going To Snow (Songlines), had the goods to please several crowds, from hardcore jazz fans to younger listeners open to different but engrossing music made by their peers.” -

“An impressive aspect of the group is its collective maturity (all three are in their twenties) and cool playfulness… This is a group that hopefully has plans to make the rounds outside the Canadian borders.” �” Cadence Magazine

“The Progress Suite serves to conceptualize the music and the approach of the band

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John Coltrane John Coltrane
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
Don Thompson Don Thompson
Larry Gray Larry Gray
bass, acoustic

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