The Mike Malone Jazz Trio – Free Lunchtime Concert!
Tuesday, February 11 @ 12:30 pm in the Concert Hall, L.R. Wilson Hall
Mike Malone, Rob Fekete and Clark Johnston — McMaster music instructors, all — are The Mike Malone Jazz Trio. They have had a long association going back to their time at Mohawk College, where Rob and Clark were students, and Mike was on faculty. Although they have played many gigs together in quartet and quintet settings, this will be their first as a trio. All three are composers, and the program will be a blend of jazz standards and original compositions.
Malone, trumpet player, has been present in the Canadian Jazz music scene since the early ’70s. He is a clinician for Yamaha Music Canada and conducts improvisation workshops at York University in Toronto. He has also written for and performed with Nimmons ‘N’ 9 Plus Six, The Ted Moses Quintet, Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Ranee Lee, Ted’s Warren Commission, The Alex Dean Quintet, The Brass Connection II, and The Kieran Overs Nonet. He was awarded a People’s Choice Award from the Hamilton Music Industry.
Fekete, jazz pianist, vocal coach and composer, shares his musical philosophy with others through performance and audio recording. His roots are planted firmly in classical and jazz traditions; however, he aspires to build a bridge between modern popular music and older musical art forms. Robert recognizes the importance of recruiting young people to the jazz art form. He conveys this message through his musical compositions and when he performs live.
Johnston, bassist, started his professional career in 1994 and has worked with the likes of Peter Appleyard, Diana Panton, Reg Schwager, and Don Thompson. He performs regularly with Drew Jurecka, Adrean Farrugia, James Brown, Neil Brathwaite, and Ashley St Pierre. Clark has released three CDs with Shields Johnston Fielding featuring his original compositions and can be heard on many other people’s recordings.