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The 2004/2005 Season began on Sunday
October 17th with the Stephen Holowitz
Jazz Ensemble, a group that features a
stellar lineup of musicians and a vocalist.

Stephen Holowitz moved to London, Ontario in 1983 from his home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario to study pipe organ and piano at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating he dedided to make London his home. He currently teaches at A.B. Lucas Secondary School and is organist at St. James Westminster Anglican Church. In addition to these two occupations, Stephen is busy as a soloist or accompanist in classical, jazz and pop styles.

He was featured in 1999 with the London Encore Concert Band performing works by Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. He has performed with Orchestra London, the Gerald Fagan Singers, Herencia Latina, and the Hot Latkes Klezmer Band. He is keyboardist and co-composer for the Antler River Project, a London based ensemble that blends jazz, world music, and contemporary compositions into a unique musical experience. They completed a tour of Ireland in July of 2001 with the Guelph Chamber Choir.

Stephen composed music for the Grand Theatre's world premier of 'North' by Greg Nelson (2000) as well as 'The Wind in the Willows' (1998) and 'Anne' (1999.) On October 17th in addition to Stephen on piano, we will be treated to the talents of Oliver Whitehead on guitar and Sandy MacKay on drums plus a number of special guests.

London vocalist Jessie Ross will be part of the afternoon's entertainment. At 13 her idols included Ella Fitgerald, Sara Vaughn and Carmen McCrea. Jussie has received the International Young sosoist Award from the Rose Kennedy Foundation. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and with a number of Canada's most respected musicians including Jeff Healey, Guido Basso, Chase Sndborn, et al. Jessie recently returned from Italy where she took part in a festival, made two television appearances on RAI, Italy's national broadcaster. In June she returned to the Kennedy Center where she participated in an International Festival.

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