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John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra

The career of John MacLeod is intricately bound to the history of jazz and big band music in Toronto. He took a very early interest in jazz and was already an aficionado of New Orleans, Chicago and swing styles of the music by age 12. His earliest local hero was trumpeter ‘Trump’ Davidson and by his early teens he was attending TV recording sessions with studio greats such as Guido Basso, Moe Koffman and Teddy Roderman. A decade later, John would be playing with many of these early heroes. Few other musicians of his generation can claim as much direct connection to the entire history of jazz and big band music in Toronto. His long-time association with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass would also have a profound effect on his approach to arranging and composing. While his writing may be uniquely his own, the sound of his band is unmistakably ‘Toronto’. This 22-piece orchestra brings you the Canadian who’s who of jazz musicians.