The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra

A seasoned performer, accomplished composer and respected educator, saxophonist Darcy Hepner has dedicated the past 30 years toward strengthening and refining his grasp of jazz, R&B and blues. Originally a cellist with a classical pedigree, he switched to saxophone while studying at the University of Miami and subsequently worked during the ‘80s with such legendary figures as B.B. King,Aretha Franklin, Sergio Mendes and Henry Mancini. From 1985-1989, he taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and from 1996 -2005 lived in New York and worked on the Big Apple jazz scene as well as on various Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including Movin' OutLove, Janis and Stray Cats. From 1999-2004, he toured as a regular member of the world renowned jazz-rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears. In the summer of 2005 Darcy returned to Canada to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, where he is currently a Professor of Music at Mohawk College. Since January 2008 he has lead the Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, a 16-piece all-star jazz ensemble. Their first recording, Blues In Another Minute, was released in 2010.

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