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Who is Jim Hutchison Jazz Works?

Jim Hutchison Jazz Works is a six piece jazz band located in Calgary that performs its distinctively smooth and energetic arrangements of jazz standards ranging from swing to Latin to ballads. JazzWorks can provide you with the right mix of music for dining, dancing, corporate functions, private parties, weddings and other special events.

Jim Hutchison Jazz Works - The Musicians

Jim Hutchison (Vocalist and Band Leader)
Jim remembers singing many of the classic jazz standards for his own enjoyment when he was a young boy growing up in Montreal. After singing for several years with the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, Calgary's Festival Chorus and the Calgary Opera Chorus, Jim found a way to connect with his long held passion for jazz singing through jazz guitarist Brian Chellas, which led to his attendance at BC Swing Camp in Sorrento B.C. There he participated in classes by Jennifer Scott, Head of the Vocal Jazz Department of Vancouver Community College. More recently Jim has participated in master classes with Rene Marie, Cyrille Aimée and Sachal Vasandani at the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington, as well as a master class and private lesson with Kurt Elling in New York. Jim has also studied voice with Dawn Johnson, vocal coach for the emerging artists of the Calgary Opera, and works currently with Don Hansen, a unique voice teacher who specializes in optimizing and protecting the voice. He is influenced and inspired by Kurt Elling, Rene Marie, Mel Tormé and Eva Cassidy.

Mike Jones (Piano)
Mike's musical interests started with accordion and piano during his school years. He eventually studied music at a college level focusing on vocal performance, vocal conducting and music theory after which he spent two decades as a vocalist. He toured Western Canada, was a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and had the privilege of singing with various groups including Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Soul, Country, Sacred, Classical and Rock. Eventually the pull of jazz piano could no longer be resisted. Mike credits some early direction from Sheldon Zandboer, Bob Erlendson and Garry DeBoeck. His influences include Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan and Ellis Marsalis. As a Jazz pianist, Mike has played with DM4 (aka Deanne Matley Quartet), Round Midnight and Zeev Berger & The Schmoozers.

Wally Petersen (Bass)
Wally has been playing bass since his teens in original and cover bands doing funk, R&B, rock, blues and jazz.  He has played on several original recording projects in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary and has worked in touring bands traveling in Quebec and Ontario.  In Calgary he has played with the Erlton Street Soul Band, FortyFive,  the Bob Erlendson Trio, the Deanne Matley Quartet (DM4), Jasu, Round Midnight, Tequila Jazz, the Blues Riders, Jim Hutchison Jazz Works and the Summit Big Band. He studied Acoustic bass with George Woodall of the Toronto Symphony and Lenny Boyd at Humber College in Toronto.

John McNeil (Drums)
John started playing at the age of 10, taking concert, jazz, and choir in high school. Currently he participates weekly in the jazz combo sessions directed by the legendary drummer and teacher Garry De Boeck at Mount Royal University. He has played in several bands including Rock, Polka, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Latin, Fusion and original acts. He has recorded with such bands as Insession, Switch, Activate, Viewer Discretion, Open BSD project, Tomko Lamb, Mike Molotov and the Flying Cocktails, Shadow Play and The Plaid Tongued Devils. He has also performed with the Devils in a play at One Yellow Rabbit called Inkleskavania as well as worked with The Green Fools on a theatre project called "I think I'm a wolf." And who said A.D.D. is a problem?

Dave Philpot (Tenor Saxophone)
Dave Philpot is a lifelong jazz aficionado, from his teen years haunting his local "trad Jazz" clubs in England to his emergence later in life as a musician, for which Dave credits Calgary's Westwinds Music Society and Mount Royal University jazz guru Garry DeBoeck. Eleven years ago Dave and friends formed The Downstairs Band, a 7 piece jazz combo that had the honour of being invited to play for the Centennial celebrations of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2010. He is also a member of Midnight Blue, a Basie style big band.

Tim Embree (Trombone)
Tim started his professional career as a trombonist in the military. After playing in several professional military bands and touring extensively across Canada, Europe and Australia he settled in Calgary. For the past 20 years he's been a freelance player in Calgary, performing in many groups covering everything from Classical, Latin, Jazz, and R&B. He is a long time member of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra.

 

 

Upcoming Performances

 

Reviews

"…a nice voice and a very
understated and carefree delivery…
not enough cats can just Fred Astaire their way through a song"
Kurt Elling

"I wanted to say again, how fantastic you and your band were last night. We should all be so lucky as to find the passion that you all have for jazz. Robin and I had a hoot and are looking forward to the next time. Thank you for your music and artistry last night."
Alli at Last Best Brewing & Distilling

"Jim's marvelous vocals, backed up
by his talented and versatile "little big band", never fail to charm and impress  members with their stylish renditions
of jazz standards and romantic ballads.  
It is always a lovely and memorable evening at the Club, when Jim performs for our members."
Ted Clouthier, General Manager,
Calgary Petroleum Club

"Thank you so much for providing such wonderful music at our Sunset Soiree. Everyone loved your singing and tunes - it was so perfect and really added to the success of the event."
Debra Wong and Chelsey Kehler, Leighton Art Centre

"A Touch of Class"
"Great Entertainment"
Tim Warman, General Manager,
Bears Den

"A classic jazz sextet that can
not only provide excellent vocal and
instrumental music for listening and dancing but that is also absolutely
ideal for sitting down and conversing without having to raise your voice."
Howard Smith, Gas Processing Association of Canada

 

Past Performances

2017 Shows

2016 Shows

2015 Shows

2014 Shows

2013 Shows

2012 Shows