Tom Altobelli is a bass beast. He holds down the low-end in the Altobeelays, Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion, the Aubrey Wilson Quartet, Koopa Troop, the Scott McIntosh Trio and a whole host of other projects, performing everything from hip-hop and funk to rock, folk, Latin and, oh yeah, lots of jazz. A graduate of both the Mohawk College and Humber College jazz programs, he’s got some serious chops, which he puts to good use as one of the busiest bass players in town. Tom played at the first iteration of the Steel City Jazz Festival (with the Aubrey Wilson Quartet) and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome him back for the opening night of this year’s festival, leading his own group and playing his own compositions, alongside Andrew King on tenor sax, Chris Bruder on keys, Jordan Snider on drums and Scott McIntosh on guitar. If you’ve somehow missed out on hearing Tom play before, this performance is the perfect opportunity to get to know one of Hamilton’s finest young jazz talents.
Also on the bill for opening night is the Scott Taplay Group. I first heard Scott play at last year’s festival and I was instantly impressed. He played Django Reinhardt-style acoustic guitar with the Jason Jones Unit and straight-ahead standards with the Messore-Palka Quintet, and in both settings I was blown away by his ability as a soloist. I am very happy to welcome him back to the festival along with Victor Agrippa on alto saxophone, Jonas Pearson-Paavola on bass and Jon Pascoal on drums to complete our New Jazz Compositions evening. Check out Scott with the Jason Jones Unit below, or head over to the Artists page to hear his group in action:
The New Jazz Compositions evening featuring the Tom Altobelli Group and the Scott Taplay Group will take place Wednesday, October 21st at Artword Artbar. Tickets are $10 at the door, and will be available online in the coming weeks. Feel free to email Artword Artbar at email@example.com or give them a call at 905-543-8512 to make a reservation!