Bassist, Composer, Educator One of Canada’s finest Jazz Musicians
National Jazz Award Winner
Juno Nominee for Best Traditional Jazz Album
Juno-nominated bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator Jodi Proznick has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She has won numerous National Jazz Awards, including Bassist of the Year in ‘08 and ‘09. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year and Album of the Year in ‘08 and the Galaxie Rising Star at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in ‘00.
In addition to leading her own group, Jodi has performed with many of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Hugh Fraser, Oliver Gannon, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer, and Laila Biali. She is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists including Michael Bublè, Byron Stripling, Michael Feinstein, David "Fathead" Newman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, and Lewis Nash. In addition to recording her own Juno-nominated CD as a leader, Jodi has been featured on over 30 recordings as a sideman.
Jodi began playing bass at the age of 13 under the direction of her father David, an award-winning music educator. In ‘93, Jodi received the General Motors Award of Excellence, establishing her as one of the top young musicians at Musicfest Canada, and then went on to receive a scholarship to study bass at McGill University in Montreal. After graduating, Jodi played with many of the top musicians in Montreal, including Juno winners Christine Jensen and Renee Lee as well as Montreal greats Andre White and Greg Clayton. She was awarded the IAJE Sisters in Jazz award in ‘98 as one of the best up-and-coming female jazz musicians.
Jodi moved to Vancouver in ‘00, where she now lives with her husband and collaborator, pianist Tilden Webb, and young son Tristan. Her personal highlights include opening for Oscar Peterson in 2004, performing as a featured soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and recording numerous times for CBC Radio. Another highlight in Jodi’s career was when she was asked to be the featured bassist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games’ closing ceremonies and soundtrack.
Jodi’s deep passion for education lead her to pursue a Masters Degree in Education at Simon Fraser University. She is on faculty at Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is the Jazz Department Head at the VSO School of Music. She has been a guest adjudicator and clinician at many festivals, colleges, universities, and conferences across Canada.
As well as an extensive background as a jazz educator, Jodi has been involved in teaching early childhood music classes for over 15 years. Her methodology includes a combination of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Montessori and Suzuki philosophies of music education. Her areas of interest include arts-based research, embodied educational practices, attachment, phenomenology, creativity and the theory of multiple intelligences.
The Jodi Proznick Quartet:
The award–winning Jodi Proznick Quartet is a fresh, intense, swinging and highly interactive group led by bassist Jodi Proznick, who has shared the stage with international stars such as George Coleman, Ed Thigpen, David Fathead Newman, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, Eddie Daniels, Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy.
Joining Jodi are three of Canada’s greatest musical talents: Tilden Webb on piano, Steve Kaldestad on tenor saxophone and Jesse Cahill on drums. The repertoire includes originals by the band members as well as new interpretations of compositions by some of the great composers of our time, including Duke Ellington, Lennon/McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Peter Gabriel.
This group released their debut CD "Foundations" on Cellar Live on 2006 to critical acclaim. It was nominated for a Juno award and was awarded both Album and Acoustic Group of the Year at the National Jazz Awards in 2007.
The quartet has been playing together in various configurations for over 15 years. All members were students at McGill University during the late eighties and early nineties. Tilden and Steve are originally from Regina and played together in high school ensembles. Jodi and Jesse are from the West Coast and also met during their high school years. The decades–long musical and personal connection is why this group is so special.
This band is full of surprises – an eclectic mix of the old and new.
“Her enthusiam for and joy in playing infuses her music with a spirit that’s infectious and lifts it to another level.”
- Josephine Ochej, Vancouverjazz.com
“…a classic understated approach.”
- Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight
“…an intense, energetic swing.”
- Matt Snyder, 5/4 Magazine
"...Bassist/composer Jodi Proznick is a gifted young musician whose star is definitely on the rise. Although she plays regularly in a number of groups, the totality of her gifts come to light as a leader. Her quartet is fresh, intense, and highly interactive, featuring some of the finest young musicians in the country."
- Vancouver International Jazz Festival
"A jazz bassist with great time and a rock-solid sound is worth her weight in gold, and Jodi Proznick IS that lady!"
- Katie Malloch, Host of CBC Radio's Jazz Beat
"Proznick has a sense of confidence about her that makes her musical partners play to the best of their abilities. It is Jodi's stage presence however that separates her from many a musician. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Proznick perform live, you have to... you always leave the show with a smile on your face."
- Cory Weeds, Jazz Cellar / Cellar Live Records