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Way North

Way North is a cross-border mash-up of North American artists born out of the joy of playing together. Formed in Brooklyn in 2014 by three Canadians and a New Yorker, the band features saxophonist Petr Cancura (Down Home - JUNO nominee), trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy (2018 Toronto Emerging Jazz Artist/Women’s Blues Revue bandleader), bassist Michael Herring (Peripheral Vision - JUNO nominee) and American drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea/Esperanza Spalding). The quartet brings together four composers who love to explore folk and world music with a backbone in jazz improvisation. They love to use their music and connection with each other to reach out and connect with audiences, building community where ever they play. They are releasing their second album, “Fearless And Kind” following their debut CD, Kings County, which was picked by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the best Jazz CD’s of 2015. Their last album was launched with high-energy Canadian touring, and expect more of this as they head back on the road in support of “Fearless and Kind”. Way North’s music is a roots stew, seamlessly threading together the blues, old-time, Balkan, Brazilian, Calypso, and other folk genres with jazz and improvisation. In January 2016, Way North was invited to perform and teach at the Panama Jazz Festival w by artistic director Danilo Perez, and also appeared at the Mamoni Valley Preserve as part of the Earth Train NGO Geoversity campaign

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“The music is instantly inviting and infectious with a capacity for taking the listener to unexpected places.” – Ted Quinlan, The Whole Note

Top Canadians Albums 2015 - Ottawa Citizen

Discography

Fearless And Kind

Fearless And Kind

Self Produced
2018

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Kings County

Kings County

Independant
2015

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Boll Weevil

Boll Weevil

Way North
Fearless And Kind

Boll Weevil

Boll Weevil

Way North
Fearless And Kind

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