With over 40 performances behind them, new material in the works, and a tremendously successful debut album, Dawn, The Jazz Council looks forward to taking over the entire Kootenays, the rest of BC, Canada, and finally, the whole world. Already “huge in Japan”, The Jazz Council has a unique approach to jazz and their audiences. Non jazz-heads will never leave a JC show saying “the songs all sound the same”, or “that was boring”. On the contrary, The Jazz Council firmly believes that jazz is, at its core, pop music, and can be both authentic and accessible. Their original compositions (8 of which make up their debut album, Dawn) and their covers weave together many different strands and sub-genres of jazz, giving the listener’s ears a well-balanced diet, while their ability to select sounds from a specific palette gives them a unique, clear sound that is all their own.

-Bernie Primbs, a Grant MacEwan Music graduate, has played the sax for over 17 years. He has a great love for preforming and simply having a good time on stage. He plays the baritone and tenor saxes. He can also be found playing in a local show band called Boogie Supreme. When not playing his horn, Bernie can be found doing first aid with the ski patrol in Kimberley, or maybe even painting your house with HP Services. He has a great love for the outdoors and nature.

-Trumpeter and flautist Laurel Ralston studied classical music performance at the University of Ottawa, and has enthusiastically embraced the challenges of jazz, making her reasonably confident that one day she will no longer be square. Laurel is a longtime member of the Symphony of the Kootenays and former conductor of the Kimberley United Church Choir and Kimberley Community Band. She’s currently honing her jazz skills as a member of Ralph Mercredi Quorum in Ottawa. In her spare time, Laurel corrects grammatical errors on chalk sandwichboard signs and ponders ways to make her master’s degree in philosophy pay off financially.

-Sven Heyde took a Diploma of Music Performance from Grant MacEwan College before completing his BA and BEd. He is a versatile percussionist who has studied with Paul Walker (U of L), Brian Thurgood (Grant MacEwan), and Tyler Hornby (Mount Royal). He also plays with redGirl, a melodically-inspired-folk-rock-alt-country band; as an occasional player for Symphony of the Kootenays, and as a pick-up player for Cranbrook blues band Grand Larseny.

-Kimberley’s Tim Plait started piano lessons with Arne Sahlen in 1995. In Victoria, he studied piano in the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Diploma Program with instruction from Susan DeBurgh. He also studied vocal accompaniment with Robert Holliston and organ with Nicholas Fairbank. Tim currently teaches piano and music theory in Kimberley. Tim has also served as the Kimberley Summer Theatre’s accompanist and music director for four seasons. Tim moved overseas in autumn 2012, where he’s been getting inspired by the amazing music and culture in Germany, and looks forward to returning to western Canada this spring.

-Joel Kroeker picked up the bass out of necessity. He was already fluent on several other instruments, including guitar, piano, and saxophone, but the ensemble needed a bass. Joel has a great ear, which compensates for his less-than-adequate sight-reading skills. He’s been dabbling in music his whole life, always pursuing that elusive song that will inspire the world. Joel appreciates all genres, though he more than often chooses to listen to classic rock on his iPod. Jazz has always intrigued him; he finds its complexity both challenging and rewarding. Joel currently teaches music and drama in Sparwood. If Joel were a chord, he’d be a Dm7: evocative and enchanting.