Join us for Jazz Vespers at St. Paul’s, featuring the music of Patricia Wheeler on saxophone, Mike Cadó on guitar, and Jack McFadden on upright bass. Admission is free, with a free-will offering during the service. Vespers is a modern take on an ancient evening service, with the focus on the music, a few simple prayers, and a time for reflection. Jazz Vespers at St. Paul’s will be held on Sunday, July 10th, at 7:30 pm.
Patricia Wheeler – has performed throughout North America with such diverse artists as Michael Burgess, Patty Page, and Regis Philbin. She is a long- time member of the JUNO Award® winning Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra, and has contributed to the pit orchestra of the Shaw Festival Theatre through several productions. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed by big bands, concert bands, choirs and soloists, and her debut album, “The Absolute Faith Orchestra” was called “an astonishing recording” by the Toronto Star’s revered music critic, Geoff Chapman. Patricia holds a PhD in music, is the Jazz Director for New Horizons Toronto, and teaches at Centennial College and Ryerson University.
Jack McFadden – Juno award winning double bass player, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and studied with Joe Gurney in Hamilton, Gurney Titmarsh and Thomas Monohan in Toronto, Warren Benfield in Michigan, and David Holland in New York. He won scholarships to the National Youth Orchestra, joined the National Ballet as principal bass for 6 years, and frequently worked in pit-bands for shows at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and O’Keefe Centre.
A Big Band specialist, Jack played with the Canadian Tribute to Glenn Miller, still plays with the Spitfire Band, recorded with the Al Hirsch Big Band and Whitney Smith’s Big Steam Band. He has just begun a new chapter in big band history, performing with and contracting the Canadian Big Band, based in Southampton, Ontario, featuring some of the greatest Canadian musicians.
Mike Cadó – received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education at York University and holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition. He leads the group MC & Company, a versatile musical ensemble catering to both private and corporate functions, and he produced the recording The Sweetest Sounds, featuring vocalist Sherie Marshall, bassist Pat Collins, and various other jazz notables. The “Mike CadóTentet” features a collection of Toronto’s finest musicians that performs the music of Phil Nimmons, as well as compositions by various group members. The ensemble’s critically acclaimed debut recording, Nimmons ‘n’ Nine…Now, was released in October, 2008. Numerous performances have allowed Mike to gain experience encompassing a broad spectrum of musical genres, which in turn, has contributed to his multifaceted approach. This has afforded him the opportunity to perform with such musical luminaries as Don Thompson, Guido Basso, Perry White, Barry Romberg, and Richard Whiteman. Mike is a faculty member at York University where he teaches composition, jazz performance, guitar, musicianship and various music education courses in the Faculty of Education.