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Andy Macpherson has been playing vibes and percussion for over three decades and is the leader of the NVJQ. He has worked in many large and small ensemble settings, spanning Latin, classical, rock, and jazz. His studies at Humber College under the tutelage of Canadian jazz giants Ron Collier and Pat Labarbara in the late 80’s were very formative. He continues to make music with many of the region’s finest musicians. Besides the NVJQ, which he co-founded, he currently plays with Kitchener Waterloo's Big Band Theory and Farmington State, an old time country band. He was the principle percussionist with the former Waterloo Stage Theatre. He loves playing vibraphone, a visually interesting instrument with lots of tonal variety whose classic jazz sound is not often heard in a live setting. Andy also teaches mathematics at St. Mary's High School in Kitchener and directs the SMH Hypercussion Ensemble.
Dan Brennan is often called on by local jazz musicians to play stand-up bass for their groups in performance and recordings. Dan's percussive bass playing style is very complimentary to the sound of the NVJQ that already boasts two other percussionists. While Dan is classically trained, he grew up playing everything from rock to R&B, classical to jazz. Dan continues to play with the Waterloo Chamber Players as well as the NVJQ. He teaches a string instrument program at Waterloo Collegiate, getting many local musicians off to a great start in their musical careers.
Gary Tomlin is a well-known percussionist in the K-W area. He started playing drums while attending K-W Collegiate and has worked in many aspects of percussion. He was head of percussion at Waterloo Music for 10 years and worked 25 years as percussion specialist with the Separate School Board. He has conducted clinics and served as an adjudicator for many music competitions across Canada. For many years Gary has taught privately through the Tomlin Percussion Studio and at Sherwood Music in Kichener. In fact, Andy Macpherson was one of his students, as were a great many other drummers in the region. Gary is a graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, where he studied with Ed Thigpen, Ray Brown, and Oscar Peterson. He has played on the air, in musicals, and with many local bands, including: George Kadwell Trio, Pat Ludwig Trio, Fritz-Patrick Trio, Bill Gillard, the John Kostigan Big Band, the Sensation Jazz Band, and, of course, the New Vibes Jazz Quartet.
John Zadro who has brought many genres and stylings to the group as well as a vast repetoire of tunes. He is an experienced soloist and band member and has wowed our audiences with his Gospel influenced, striding honky-tonk, traditional and contemporary jazz playing. He is both exciting and expressive in his playing.
Jerzy Kaplanek has been playing violin regularly with NVJQ since May of 2012. Jerzy brings virtuosity and sensitivity to his interpretation of jazz standards and is a wonderful addition to the sound of the New Vibes Jazz Quartet. Regularly, Jerzy leads the The Pendercki String Quartet and plays as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His impressive discography includes over two dozen CDs (Marquis, Eclectra, CBC, CMC, EMI labels), including the acclaimed recording of the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók with the PSQ, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Blue Rider Ensemble... Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he has been teaching violin and chamber music since 1991. In addition to his duties at the WLU, he is in great demand as a soloist, adjudicator and teacher at international competitions and summer festivals, and master classes given in Canada and abroad. He is playing a 1680 Antonio Casini violin made in Modena, Italy. [excerpts from the Penderecki String Quartet website.]
Piano emeritus Tom Wilson began playing when he was five. He acquired an interest in big band music by listening to the sounds of touring bands drifting toward his boyhood home from a nearby ballroom. This and other influences lured him from classical to jazz during his teens. Tom had a few piano students and was a member of several stage bands during high school and university years. A career in computer science, first in industry and then teaching at the University of Guelph, caused his musical life to take a back seat, and during the middle years he played only solo piano, mostly for private functions. Shortly before retirement, he began to play with small groups and now enjoys his musical home with the New Vibes Jazz Quartet. Tom has recently moved to Maryland, USA to be closer to his family.
The NVJQ has also enjoyed the company and playing styles of Frank Adamo who plays some gritty blues and gypsy jazz on his electric guitar and contributes a smooth sound to the tunes that have become core to the NVJQ. Frank is a sensitive and seasoned musician and truly adds an interesting palette of sound to the group.
Ted Gibbons also joins the group from time to time playing his "Tedacaster" guitar, a homemade electric that sounds superb. Ted plays and teaches in the Waterloo Region and always brings enthusiasm and joy as well as fabulous interpretations of jazz standards.