The Composers Collective Big Band

Originally started as a writers workshop, this group has evolved into one of the most original and dynamic big bands in Canada. Their live show consists of the most eclectic mix of music you've ever heard from straight ahead swing to hip-hop to classical and everything in between as seen through the lens of Canada's top contemporary jazz composers.  A new world premiere at every gig guaranteed! Here's a sampling of some more jazz centric pieces.

Live at The Rex Hotel Photo by Al Kay.

Live at The Rex Hotel Photo by Al Kay.


The Composers collective big band 2017 self titled release

In 2017 we released our newest work, our self titled CD. Check it out on Spotify or iTunes or buy it here. Listen to a sneak peak of "Cities and Cell Phones" below:


What is the sound of a city?

    Toronto’s most exciting jazz group The Composers Collective Big Band is putting on it’s biggest show yet and it’s a tribute to our great city. We’ve commissioned 8 of Toronto’s top jazz composers to write about the neighbourhoods and aspects of the city that inspire them the most and are putting them together into one cohesive suite! It’s a show for Torontonians of all generations and musical tastes to celebrate the city together.

    Toronto has been known as a great jazz city for decades. When jazz fans all over the world hear bands like Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass they instantly recognize the swinging, unique arrangements and studio perfect playing as the Toronto sound. Now Toronto’s sound is evolving into something new, something different, something audacious and today’s generation of jazz musicians are forging that new sound right now. This is today’s Toronto sound.


Some of the composers we've featured are: Christian Overton, Erik Patterson, Andy Ballantyne, Jason Logue, Allison Au, Shirantha Beddage, Tom Richards, John Pittman, La-Nai Gabriel, Mark Grieve, Anthony Rice and more...

The Band Is:

Christian Overton - Musical Director/Trombone


Marcus Ali -  Alto/Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Chris Roberts - Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

 Paul Metcalfe - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Jared Welsh- Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet

Shirantha Beddage - Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet


Pat Blanchard - Trombone

Tom Richards - Trombone

Karl Silveira - Trombone

Sylvain Bedard - Bass Trombone


James Rhodes - Lead Trumpet

John Pittman - Trumpet

Patrice Barbanchon - Trumpet

Steve Dyte - Trumpet


Erik Patterson - Guitar

Todd Pentney - Piano

Justin Gray  - Electric/Acoustic Bass

Jeff Halischuk - Drums

Gig poster created by Eric Overton

Gig poster created by Eric Overton

Stage Plot

Stage Plot