Bernie Senensky Trio: Tribute to Moe Koffman – featuring Bill McBirnie
Gifted composer, arranger, and conductor in his own right, the brilliant Bernie Senensky began occupying the piano chair in The Moe Koffman Quintet in 1979 when the band was the number one small jazz combo in Canada. He had played with Moe on many occasions prior to that and “was always impressed with his utter musicality and his complete mastery of the flute, alto and soprano saxophones”.
As part of The Moe Koffman Quintet, Bernie ultimately had the opportunity to contribute many of his own compositions to the band’s repertoire for more than 20 years.
He continues to keep the memory and the music alive today with his celebrated Moe Koffman Tribute Band, featuring the internationally acclaimed jazz flautist Bill McBirnie, and veteran members of The Moe Koffman Quintet, such as bassist Neil Swainson.
The repertoire of the Moe Koffman Quintet was unique for its time because it involved many of his interpretations of classical themes from composers such as Bach and Vivaldi. The Tribute Band also plays original Koffman material, including his international hit “The Swinging Shepherd Blues”.
The OLG SHUFFLE Concert Series features informal, eclectic one-movement performances by Festival Artists, special guests, and next-generation emerging artists.
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