TRURO – Truro-born Mike Murley is coming home for a special concert next week.
Having moved to Toronto in 1981, Murley is a leader in various formations from a duo to septet, while also maintaining a schedule as a sideman and jazz educator at the University of Toronto.
On Wednesday, the Mike Murley Septet is set to perform at the Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC). During the day, the band – which also includes Tara Davidson, Kevin Turcotte, Terry Promane, David Braid, Jim Vivian and Ted Warren – will work with both the Truro Junior High School and CEC jazz bands.
Throughout the course of his musical career, Murley has performed on 11 Juno Award-winning recordings and was named saxophonist of the year eight times by the Jazz Report Awards/National Jazz Awards.
He is also well known for his work with the multi-Juno Award-winning electric jazz group Metalwood, which released six critically acclaimed albums between 1997 and 2003. In addition, he has recorded and performed with numerous other Canadian and international artists including Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, David Liebman, and Paul Bley.
Murley’s debut recording for his septet, Still Rollin’, was nominated for a 2012 Juno Award and features the saxophonist’s compositions and arrangements performed by some of Canada’s finest jazz improvisers. Rooted in the jazz tradition but not constrained by it, the septet's music reflects the strong yet lyrical musical personality for which Murley has become known over the past three decades.
He has also written a number of pieces inspired by the Bay of Fundy region, including ‘Minas Mist’ and ‘The Split’ (for Cape Split), that reflect his Nova Scotian roots.
The Truro District School Bands Auxiliary is sponsoring the concert, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for students and $10 for adults.