What if Canadian folk musician and songwriter Stan Rogers joined American, Jazz legend Miles Davis' band? With their new release Live at the Ship's Company Theatre, the Ocean Sounds Quartet musically answers that intriguing question.
A fusion of Jazz and Maritime-Celtic folk music, the Ocean Sounds quartet is based in Nova Scotia and made up of Paul Tynan, Fred Kennedy (now based in NYC), and Brothers Al and Dan Sutherland. The band's repertoire draws mostly from traditional and modern maritime folk music and places it in the jazz tradition. The Ocean Sounds Quartet started in summer of 2004 with its inaugural concert at the Ship's Company Theatre on the Fundy coast of Nova Scotia. The band returned for a live concert recording in 2005 and then took a hiatus for the members to peruse other projects. Reforming in 2011, the release of the band's first recording, Live at the Ship's Company Theatre, trumpets the return of the Ocean Sounds Quartet to Atlantic Canadian stages.
Paul Tynan – Trumpet and Flugelhorn
The International Trumpet Guild has stated that downbeat award winning trumpet player and composer, Paul Tynan's “Creative Genius Shines”.
He is presently an Associate Professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging. Paul's new CD: Ocean Sounds Quartet: Live a Ship's Company Theatre (Armored Records) was released in June of 2011. He has released six other albums as a leader : Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter Two (OA2 Records), Bi-Coastal Collective: Chapter One (OA2 Records), Radio Infrequency (Nohjoh Music), Digital/Spiritual (Nohjoh Music), NJPT (Nohjoh Music), and Freedom and Jealousy (Nohjoh Music). As a jazz recording artist Paul has appeared on over fifty albums along side such musicians as Lynn Seaton, Marcus Wolfe, Aaron Lington, Joel Fountain, Bobby Selvaggio, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Dan Haerle, Ben Street, and Jamey Haddad.
Paul has also served on the faculties of San Jose State University, Chabot College, Nova Scotia Honor Jazz Program, and University of North Texas Summer Trumpet Workshop. Currently he is co-director of the Acadia Summer Jazz Workshop. He has performed with numerous jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Black, Django Bates, Terry Gibbs, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Byron Stripling, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and Matt Wilson.
Paul received his Masters in jazz studies from University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow in jazz improvisation, large jazz ensembles and a member of the internationally acclaimed, Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. Paul has recently received a Canada Council for the Arts grant and a Nova Scotia Department of Culture Grant to compose new works for chamber jazz ensemble. He is listed in the “Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians” edited by Dr. Louis Porter.
Paul is an Edwards Trumpet and Flugel Horn Artist
Fred Kennedy – Drums and Percussion
All About Jazz has likened drummer Fred Kennedy's “multi-phase pulse” to a “snarling beast,” and says that Kennedy's “slashing” drumming keeps the listener “locked in and off-balance at the same time.” The New York Times calls his drumming “thrashing.”
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Fred moved to New York City in 2003, and has since been busy playing across a wide range of genres, from folk to free; electro-acoustic to chamber music; and indie-rock to traditional and modern jazz. Fred has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with many of New York's contemporary jazz masters, including Greg Osby, Ralph Allessi, Ben Monder, Trevor Dunn, Andrew D'Angelo, David Krakauer, Shane Endsley, JD Walter, Don Brayden, George Colligan, and more. Ongoing projects include Zach Brock's Magic Number trio, Fire In July, Gray Code, and Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast. Fred has toured throughout Europe and North and South America, and can be heard regularly in such NYC clubs as the Blue Note, Smalls, Rockwood Music Hall, Zebulon, Barbes, the Knitting Factory, Tea Lounge, 55 Bar, the Living Room, and the Stone.
In addition to his work as a performer, Fred has also collaborated extensively with theatre, dance, and video artists as both a composer and a sound designer.
Fred currently resides in Astoria, NY. For more information, go to fredkennedy.org .
Al Sutherland – Guitar
Based in New Glasgow Nova Scotia, Al Sutherland is a first call Jazz guitarist in Atlantic Canada. Originally from Sydney Mines, NS on Cape Breton Island Al grew up sounded by traditional Cape Breton fiddle music and blues music and played in many musical environments. Al holds music degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (BM) and the New England Conservatory (MM) where he studied with Mick Goodrick and George Garzone. Al is featured on a duet recording with vocalist Jerry Brown and is a soloist on three CDs with Kenny Wheeler (Maritime Jazz Orchestra) and is active as a teacher and performer
He has performed with the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Guiffre, Kirk MacDonald, Jeri Brown, Jerry Granelli Ernie Watts and Peter Erskine on hundreds of jazz performances. Having recently resigned a twenty-year residency at St. Francis Xavier University, Alan currently teaches at Northumberland Regional High School.
Danny Sunterland – Upright and Electric Basses
Dan Sutherland is currently the jazz bass instructor at St. Francis Xavier University where he has supported such guest artists in concert as: Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Hagans, Sunny Wilkinson. When not teaching, Dan is busy performing with musicians all over Canada most notably Alfie Zappacosta, and Matt Anderson. Though Dan is based in Antigonish, he grew up in Sydney Mines, NS on Cape Breton Island where, like his brother Al, he was sounded with traditional Cape Breton fiddle music.