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Local jazz musicians set to release debut album

TRURO - They've got a vision that would see them go from the local stages of Truro onto bigger and better things.

Shelter, a jazz band consisting of Aidan Zann-Roland, from left, Garrett Jenkins and David Morrison, performed for four hours at the Truro Farmers' Market this past Saturday. The teenagers are releasing their debut album in the next few weeks, just months after joining together as Shelter.

That vision comes from David Morrison, a 17-year-old Truro musician who has found the right bandmates.

Along with Morrison, Shelter's musicians include Garrett Jenkins and Aidan Zann-Roland.

"We all met through a program called Honours Jazz, which is a jazz program that brings teenagers from around the province together to form different combos," said Morrison, a Grade 11 student at CEC.

"We always played together in Honors Jazz and have a really good time with it, so I asked them if they wanted to get together and jam sometime."

That was only a few short months ago and the trio has been working together since.

"This is different than any band program I've been involved in," said Jenkins, 16, who lives in Antigonish but makes the trek to Truro for rehearsals. "I can't find anything like this in Antigonish, nothing at this level, especially where we're self-directed. It's a lot of fun."

Morrison said he knew right away that he wanted to perform with Jenkins and Zann-Roland, 15.

"Just the skill level. These two guys are so talented. Playing in the senior combo at Honours Jazz is the highest level you can play. Aidan is immaculate on the bass and when I first saw Garrett play, I thought, ‘this guy has got to be in my band,'" said Morrison.

"I had been trying to find a dedicated band to play with in Truro," said Zann-Roland, who is currently in Grade 9 at Truro Junior High School. "I haven't come across any guys that are as good as these two."

While they only practice once or twice a week, they make as much of it as possible.

This past weekend, they performed for four hours at the Truro Farmers' Market, before hitting the Marigold Cultural Centre stage for Music and Magic in Support of Mental Health.

Shelter will perform in Victoria Park at 1 p.m. on May 16 as part of the Concert in the Park in support of Hub House. They're also performing at Roadside Willies in Bible Hill on May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m.

"In the next few weeks, we'll be releasing an album with eight of our own songs," said Morrison, adding they'll have their first video set for release within the next two months.

The trio isn't sure yet about a launch party for their album, and they're still working on having the album available locally.

For more on the band, search for Shelter on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@band_shelter) and Instagram (@shelter227), or listen to them on SoundCloud (

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