HEAVY WEATHER

 
 

Formed in Toronto in 2008, Heavy Weather is a group of musicians dedicated to re-invigorating the inspiring music of Joe Zawinul and Weather Report. It's not just their passionate recreations of recorded and live versions of the music but also their deep investigations into the intent of  the composers that bring these musical treasures to life.

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The recorded legacy of Weather Report represents one of the most significant bodies of work in post-1960s jazz.

--Stuart Nicholson, Jazz-Rock: A History, 1996

"Weather Report is less a collective of five men than a single instrument with 10 magisterial hands; a soaring sonic spaceship controlled by two far-from-automatic pilots, Zawinul and Wayne Shorter."


Leonard Feather

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The Music of Weather Report

Colleen Allen - Saxophones

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Alberta-born sax player and multiinstrumentalist Colleen Allen launched her musical career in Toronto, in pop, jazz, blues, worldbeat and other genres, and has performed throughout Canada and Europe accompanying such notable performers as Lorraine Segato, Shirley Eikhard, Alex Lifeson, Colm Wilkinson, The Parachute Club, David Clayton Thomas, John McDermott, and Molly Johnson; as well as the SoulPepper Theatre Company and the Cirque du Soleil.


Colleen is one of Toronto’s most in demand horn players and she also teaches at Humber College.



Art Avalos - Percussion

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Born in East Los Angeles in 1958 to a Mexican family Art grew up listening to the Afro Cuban rhythms his parents danced to. Art's first gig, at age 5, was playing paint cans for his parents as they practiced their moves. His professional career began at 19 and he worked his way from Houston to Toronto where he settled in 1983.

Art has performed and recorded with artists such as; Manteca, Holly Cole, Jeff Healey, Sass Jordan, Jesse Cook, Natalie MacMaster, Brian Hughes, Charlotte Church, Jason Blain, Buffy St Marie, Shirley Eikhard and Carol Welsman.


Art appears on the Dexter’s latest recording.


Paul DeLong - Drums

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Best known for his multi-platinum success with rock artist Kim Mitchell, Paul has forged a career which encompasses funk, fusion, jazz and latin, working with such diverse artists as Tom Scott, Domenic Troiano, David Blamires, Doug Riley, Hilario Duran, David Clayton Thomas, and Roger Hodgson to name a few. As a Juno award winner and respected session player Paul has performed at P.I.T. and the N.A.M.M. shows in L.A., twice at the Montreal Drumfest and at the Cape Breton Drumfest. He is one of SABIAN cymbals most popular and effective clinicians. Paul has taught at Humber College in Toronto for the past 23 years and written several articles for Modern Drummer magazine. He also taught and performed at KOSA 2010.


His new book "DeLong Way" To Polyrhythmic Creativity On The Drumset is now being distributed worldwide by Hudson Ltd.


Mark Hukezalie - Keyboards

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Mark has been active in the Canadian music business for over 30 years. He was an early graduate of the Humber College Jazz programme and also studied at The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.  He has been a composer and Musical Director for many stage productions, a much sought after accompanist for vocalists and a pianist in many jazz ensembles. Mark is known as one of the top studio musicians and composers in Toronto, especially for his output as a composer and music producer of thousands of commercials, and for film and TV scores.


Mark won a prestigious International Cleo Award for his music for “Eaton’s Launch” in

2001.


Steve Webster - Bass

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Best known for recording and touring with Billy Idol, Alannah Myles, Carole Pope, Parachute Club and other popular groups in the 80's. Steve also spent the last twenty years composing, arranging, producing and playing on hundreds of television commercials.Although known primarily as a rock bassist Steve's original inspirations were progessive rock and jazz fusion artists like Yes, King Crimson and Weather Report. Steve is returning to his roots by forming Heavy Weather.


Recent projects include recording with The Code and Lorraine Segato.

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Current Song List

Barbary Coast

Between the Thighs

Black Market

Birdland

Boogie Woogie Waltz

Cucumber Slumber

Dream Clock

Elegant People

Fast City

Freezing Fire

Gibraltar

Harlequin

In a Silent Way

Madagascar

Mysterious Traveler

Night Passage

Palladium

Port of Entry

Teen Town

The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat

Three Views of a Secret

Scarlet Woman

Volcano for Hire

Young and Fine

Will

 

                        

Check out our YouTube Channel for some examples of our music. Or click on the album covers to hear some music.