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Atlantic Suite

Atlantic Suite


Atlantic Suite (1975), a highly evocative four-movement work for jazz band, was the winner of the first ever Juno Award for “Best Jazz Album” in 1977. Nimmons would again be nominated for this award the very next year for Tranformations/Invocation.

This work, which includes movements entitled Harbours, Islands, Tides and Horizons, is a lyrical portrait of Canada’s Atlantic Coast and the award-winning recording (featuring liner notes by none other than Farley Mowat) features Nimmons ‘N’ Nine Plus Six – a veritable who’s who of jazz instrumentalists of the time.

The CMC’s audio archive features a later recording of the Islands movement performed by clarinetist James Campbell and pianist Gene DiNovi. This is a particularly interesting recording as Nimmons was in attendance and had transcribed the work, originally an extended improvisation, for James and Gene to perform at this recital.


Phil Nimmons (1923 - ) is unique in Canada as a performer, composer, educator, clinician and Artistic Director of music programs. He is a multimedia composer of over 400 original contemporary classical and jazz compositions written for stage, television, radio, theatre and film, in addition to hundreds of jazz orchestrations. Phil earned a scholarship to study at Julliard and later studied composition at the Royal Conservatory. Phil is a founding member of the Canadian League of Composers.

He was the first artistic director of many summer jazz programs and influenced the inauguration of jazz studies at the University of Toronto where he has taught for over 30 years. His bands, Nimmons ‘N’ Nine and Nimmons ‘N’ Nine Plus Six performed on radio and television, and toured extensively. Currently Phil performs and records with The Phil Nimmons Quartet.

He was the first recipient of the Toronto Arts Award for Creative Excellence in Music, the first Juno Award recipient for Jazz and a multiple recipient of The Jazz Report’s Clarinetist of the Year Award. He was made both an Officer of the Order of Ontario and Canada and in 2001 he was inducted into the Jazz Educator’s Hall of Fame. Phil received SOCAN’s Lifetime Achievement Award in November 2005.

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