Sax Drive, episode 8

Sax Drive is appearing at York University’s Absinthe Pub TONIGHT March 3rd, 8:30-11:30pm.

We will provide the saxilicious groove-infected soundtrack to Tuesday evening revelry!

Featuring Scott Pearce on alto sax, Nicole Auger on tenor sax, Micaela Morey on tenor and flute, Tavo Diez de Bonilla on bass, Trevor Yearwood on drums, and yours truly (Jason Hayward) on baritone and alto saxes.

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Jason Hayward, saxophonist and composer

https://jasonpaulhayward.com/

 

Sax Drive, episode 5

Sax Drive returns to the Southern Cross Lounge at Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue) this Wednesday, January 29th.  We are playing two sets from 10pm to 12am.  No cover charge.

We feature original music by yours truly (Jason Hayward), including premieres of four new tunes!

The musicians are: Lauren Barnett and Scott Pearce on alto sax, Nicole Auger and Micaela Morey on tenor, and special guest Greg Bruce on baritone.  I’ll be playing bass on this gig (instead of bari sax) and my partner in rhythm is Trevor Yearwood on drums.

We had so much fun playing at this venue back in November and are excited for another round!

Special thanks to Marion Lougheed for putting this gig together for us.

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UPDATE:

York University student photographer Carly Balestreri came to the show and some of her photos of us are featured in Artichoke Magazine!

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Jason Hayward, saxophonist and composer

jasonpaulhayward.com

 

Sax Drive begins!

So, first of all, we had a tremendously successful HONK! OFF event on July 7th, meeting with tons of good vibes, support, and raising about $500 in funds for our inaugural HONK! ON Festival coming up in less than two weeks!

HUGE thanks to Drom Taberna for hosting the event and being such gracious hosts to boot.  Thank you to Marion Lougheed, my love and partner, for helping me to put all this together! And special thanks go as well to Micaela Morey, who not only was crucial in helping us organize, but also did an amazing performance of various cover songs with her band.  Lauren Barnett and her partner Demetri Petsalakis – known as Catchfiyah in their duo appearances – also were wonderful (and it was so much fun to sit in with them playing bari sax!)  Both Micaela and Lauren play in my new band…

which leads me to…

Sax Drive - Drom Taberna July 2019

A significant detail for me, personally: the launch of Sax Drive.  We played a great five-sax set of some of my original tunes, which seemed to go over extremely with our crowd.  We are pumped to play our next gig at HONK! ON on the afternoon of Saturday, July 27th at Trinity Bellwoods Park (exact time TBA).

A brief description of Sax Drive goes something like this:

Sax Drive is a new funky jazz combo based in Toronto and led by composer/saxophonist Jason Hayward. The group also features Lauren Barnett and Scott Pearce on alto sax, Nicole Auger and Micaela Morey on tenor sax, along with Tavo Diez de Bonilla on bass and Trevor Yearwood on drums. Beyond that of a traditional jazz combo eschewing a chordal comping instrument, the band’s groove-based aesthetic is informed by diverse influences, including New Orleans street bands, Big Band sax sections, chamber music and EDM.

“Sax Drive” is a name I’ve had in mind for this project for ages!  However, seems like some people have beat me to the name.  Before we get too far along, I may have to change it or add something to it.  Maybe not.  We are way, way cooler after all.

In the meantime…

We started our Sax Drive Facebook page.

And next, we take the world by storm!

Eventually.

Memorial In Motion

Memorial in Motion - Van Attack - 2019 Flyer

In remembrance of the Toronto Van Attack, April 23, 2018, I led a small group in what was intended to be a processional along Yonge Street from Finch to Sheppard.

We managed to play for an hour or so, keeping out of the rain under several sheltered spots along the first few blocks of our route.  Ultimately, the weather thwarted our attempts to make it all the way to Sheppard.  Nevertheless, I was proud to do this and grateful for the support of my lovely Street Brass comrades.
I’ll be arranging this again next year and hope to make it an annual event.  Our music can express aspects of grief, honour, solidarity, compassion and love that can’t be expressed otherwise.  What a gift!
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Jason Sax and Gerry's Trumpet Memorial in Motion 2019