jill townsend jazz orchestra

every soloist shone, but the real star was Townsend herself, whose detailed, intricate charts swung with impressively Ellingtonian suavity…””

— Alexander Varty - Georgia Straight  

tales by the sea

Composer/arranger Jill Townsend and her seventeen-piece big band release their premiere recording tales from the sea featuring Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians. 

“The music created by Jill Townsend and Bill Coon is exciting, it is passionate, the lyrical intensity of the ballads will stop you in your tracks…you have the consummate big band event. There is not a weak moment on this recording.”

“The recording captures the ensemble’s silky mastery of Townsend’s playful compositions and arrangements and showcases the brilliance of players such as Ross Taggart, Brad Turner, Campbell Ryga, Jack Stafford, Dennis Esson and Bill Coon…” 
Joseph Blake - Times Colonist

"…I really like your CD “tales from the sea”…I like all the compositions and compliments to all the soloists…"
Kenny Wheeler (trpt/composer/arranger)