September 15 - 17, 2017
Canadian Big Band Celebration - Saugeen Shores Ontario Canada

Jack McFadden

Jack McFadden
Markdale, On
Double Bass
- was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and studied with Joe Gurney in Hamilton, Gurney Titmarsh and Thomas Monohan in Toronto, Warren Benfield in Michigan, and David Holland in New York. Early musical experiences in Hamilton were with Marshall Olchowy, Bruce Harvey, and the late Brian Harris. He won a scholarship to the Congress of Strings, in Michigan in the Summer of 1966, and moved to Toronto that Fall, beginning to work immediately.
He won scholarships to the National Youth Orchestra in 1967 and 1968, joined the National Ballet as principal bass, and frequently worked in pit-bands for shows at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and O'Keefe Centre. In between tours, he played jazz.
For a year, he worked six nights a week with Jimmy Namaro and Gord Carley at the Westbury Hotel. He did a lot of work with leader Harvey Silver in a band that included both Trump and Teddy Davidson.
Now living near Owen Sound, Ontario, he continues to play with local and touring bands, in jazz festivals, and biweekly with a jazz band led by Ted Roberts at a pub in Markham. He was the resident bassist with Bob DeAngelis?s ?Champagne Symphony?, recently playing with that big band in their triumphant Benny Goodman Tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York. Jack has worked with conductors such as Josef Krips, Lukas Foss, and Neville Marriner, and jazz greats like Milt Jackson, Chuck Mangione, Thad Jones, and Mel Torm?. He was fortunate to win a Juno award a few years back, and enjoys helping out with the Georgian Bay symphony with John Barnum, and the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony with Norman Reintamm. Some of his favourite work is "church jobs", oratorios with choir, soloists, and small orchestra, like the Cellar Singers.
He lives a quiet life on Townsend Lake, near Markdale, with his two poodles, Mika and Sadie.


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