The Nimmons Tribute – Volume 2: Generational

The Nimmons Tribute – Volume 2: Generational

May 7, 2023

Kevin Turcotte: trumpet, flugelhorn
Tara Davidson: alto & soprano sax, clarinet
Mike Murley: tenor sax
Alex Dean: bari sax, bass clarinet
William Carn: trombone
Sean Nimmons: piano, Fender Rhodes, arrangements
Jon Maharaj: bass
Ethan Ardelli: drums
Heather Bambrick: voice (8)

Generational by The Nimmons Tribute is the second volume of a tribute project honouring the legacy of Canadian jazz legend Phil Nimmons (O.C., O. Ont.), who celebrates his 100th birthday in 2023. This album brings new life to vintage Nimmons compositions with brand new arrangements by Phil’s grandson, pianist, arranger and composer Sean Nimmons, who also contributes two beautiful new compositions of his own.

Generational features some of the finest musicians in Canada, including many JUNO Award winners. The Nimmons Tribute, led by Sean, is a group of Phil’s colleagues, former students, friends and family who have come together in a joyous celebration of Phil and his music. 

Phil Nimmons is a huge part of Canada’s cultural legacy. He is one of Canada’s pioneering composers, and one of a handful of musicians who helped solidly establish the country’s status in the jazz world. Phil also helped launch several major initiatives that continue to support Canadian contemporary music today.

Volume 2 – Generational builds on the band’s first album, while showing more of the range and diversity in Phil’s writing. This album is a more personal undertaking for Sean Nimmons. Generational is inspired by the interconnectedness of our collective human family tree. In music and life itself, we hear the echoing voices of those who have come before us.  By contributing our own voices to this dialogue, we join in an ongoing conversation that is united through our shared humanity, and further enriched by the unique quality of each new voice that joins in. Through careful listening and our own honest expression, we can honour our intergenerational similarities and differences, participating in the ever-evolving conversation of life.

Release Date: Friday, June 30th 2023