We are 45north - Andre, bass guitar - Ed, electric guitar - Jean, trumpet - Paul, keys - Ralph, sax - Bill Brown, drums
and, in case you're wondering how we got the band name, scroll to the bottom...
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April 1, great time at Fatboys once again. A couple of photos below...
December 20, we played at the Rainbow Bistro, Murray St
December 17, we played at Fatboys Smokehouse, Murray St
Dec 11, we played at the Record Centre, Wellington St - see review below...
Sept - Les Brasseurs du Temps - we had a great time playing to a full house
Check back for updates ....
NEW - recordings of 45north added below
45north band is a 6-piece band - trumpet, sax, piano, guitar, bass and drums. We perform a great repertoire of dance and party tunes that include lots of great jazz tunes along with many well known pop/rock/folk tunes by Canadian artists from the 1960's to today that we do in our own crowd pleasing style.
Contact Ralph Hopper for booking information or general inquiries: email phone: 613-833-3509
45north is: Ralph Hopper, sax/guitar/voc; Jean Trudel, trumpet/flugel; Ed Stevens, guitar; Paul O'Connor, keyboards/vocals; Andre Van Schyndel, bass/voc; Bill Brown, drums
As Canada and Ottawa get ready to celebrate Canada's 150 anniversary, 45north is a band that has a specialized tune list for all parties and events.
There will be much more information posted here over the next several weeks but for now, as we get ready to party like it's 2017, here's a partial listing of our tunes:
A sample listing of tunes by Canadian artists that forms a core of our repertoire:
- Flip Flop Fly by Downchild Blues Band
- Dissfunktion by Manteca
- Honeydew Harbour by David Restivo [Toronto]
- Big Yellow Taxi - Both Sides Now - Free Man In Paris - Raised On Robbery by Joni Mitchell
- Four Strong Winds by Ian Tyson [Ian and Sylvia]
- First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen
- Undun and These Eyes by Guess Who
- Pretty Lady - One Fine Morning - Sunny Days by Lighthouse [Toronto]
- Swinging Shepherd Blues by Moe Koffman
- Fissure by Snaggle [Toronto]
- Cowboy Bebop and The Work Song by David Braid [Toronto]
- Stanstill by Mike Murley [Toronto]
- Blue Jeans - LeBreton Flats by Rob Lussier [Ottawa]
- Doin’ it Right and Swami Swing and Boppin' With The Blues by Powder Blues
- See The Light by Jeff Healey
- Something to talk about by Shirley Eikhard [perf by Bonnie Raitt]
- The Maker by Daniel Lanois
- St. Elmo's Fire by David Foster
- Hockey Night in Canada theme arranged by Jean Trudel [Ottawa]
- Intrada by Alan Matheson [Vancouver]
- The Smudge by Oscar Peterson
- I've Seen A Little by Alan Doyle [Great Big Sea]
And, if you want to dance all night, we have a great list of other jazz, pop, Latin, funk and rock tunes that will keep everyone on the dance floor. Click here to contact me for information, available dates and rates.
Short videos of 45north playing at Fatboys in April 2017 and a wonderful crowd out that night - top left, 'Dissfunktion', a Manteca tune - great drum solo by Bill Brown. Top right is 'See The Light' by Jeff Healey and great guitar solo by Ed and vocal by Paul. Bottom left is a couple of solos in the tune 'LeBreton Flats' a shuffle jazz blues written by Rob Lussier [from Ottawa] solos by Jean [tpt] and Ed [gtr]. All videos by Albert Kaprielian
We were in the studio recording some demo tracks earlier this year in March and will post them here once edited and mixed. LeBreton Flats now posted along with a short version [no solos] of Dissfunktion - also Work Song, a tune written by David Braid - check back for more soon.
Here's the first recordings we have. LeBreton Flats is a full length version from our recording session in March. A tune written by Rob Lussier. The others here are short versions of 45north performing 'Blue Jeans', an original tune written by Rob Lussier who is from Ottawa; 'Dissfunktion', by Manteca from their CD 'Onward'; Work Song is by David Braid - the great party tune 'Flip Flop Fly' by Downchild Blues Band; and the great Joni Mitchell tune 'Raised On Robbery'.
Dissfunktion performed by 45north.mp3
LeBreton Flats performed by 45north band.mp3
Work Song performed by 45north.mp3
Blue Jeans performed by 45north .mp3
Honeydew Harbour performed by 45north.MP3
Flip Flop Fly performed by 45north.mp3
Raised on Robbery performed by 45north.mp3
Stanstill performed by 45north in head.MP3
St Elmos Fire performed by 45north.MP3
Our gig at BDT, Sept 2016
45north at Fatboys Smokehouse, April, 2017
Here are a few short clips to give you an idea about other tunes we play - these are not us but we will have our own recordings posted as soon as we can.
Fissure by Snaggle.mp3
Cowboy Bebop short edit sample.mp3
Intrada by Alan Matheson short edit.mp3
Pretty Lady Short edit sample.mp3
Big Yellow Taxi short edit sample.mp3
Doin' It Right short edit sample.mp3
Swami Swing short edit sample.mp3
45north at the Record Centre - photo by Brett Delmage ottawajazzscene.ca
Here's a few photos from our recording session March 23. Photos by Albert Kaprielian - official 45north photographer
Ralph Hopper, Ottawa, Ontario, K4C1B8
Ottawa [city hall] lies at Latitude 45.42N and Longitude 75.69W - so, being based in Ottawa we shortened that up a bit and decided 45north worked as our band name
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
Review posted by Ottawajazzscene.ca from our gig at the Record Centre, Dec 11, 2016
45north plays all-Canadian jazz with enthusiasm and flair
The Ottawa jazz sextet specializes in music by fellow Canucks – both straight jazz and jazz fusion interpretations of pop and rock songs. So Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” was followed by Mike Murley's “Stanstill”, and David Braid's “Cowboy Bebop” by the Powder Blues Band's “Doin' It Right”.
The combination – lively and upbeat, with horns – was a good antidote to the looming dark and frigid weather outside. The band played to customers who came and went and a varied group of listeners who stayed and clapped enthusiastically – adding to the beat during some songs as well as afterwards. Near the end of the show, a youngster in a blue snowsuit (and a 'Canada' toque) peered through the outer door from the sidewalk in fascination for almost 10 minutes, but couldn't be coaxed inside to hear the band directly.
45north – Ralph Hopper on tenor sax, Jean Trudel on trumpet, Paul O'Connor on keyboards, Ed Stevens on guitar, Andre Van Schyndel on bass, and Steve Barrette on drums – ended their hour-long show with a rousing version of Joni Mitchell's classic “Raised on Robbery”, with Van Schyndel giving the vocals suitable va-voom. At the end, one of the band members had sudden second thoughts, and audibly wondered whether they really should have played a song about robbery in a record store – to the amusement of the audience.
– Alayne McGregor
see the full review and all the photos at Ottawajazzscene.ca