In classical thought, the four elements are earth, water, air and fire. For the members of this ensemble, the fifth element, quintessence or spirit, is captured in the music we perform.
Fifth Element features vocalist Nina Richmond backed by Dale Scaife on piano, Ron Johnston on bass, John Collin on drums and Dave Coules on tenor sax. The members of Fifth Element bring rich diverse backgrounds to our jazz performance.
The repertoire of the band draws from the Great American Songbook as well as jazz standards covering the swing, ballad, latin and hard bop genres. Our goal is to draw the audience in with musical treatments of this music that is listenable, accessible and engaging.
If you are looking to add live music to your next event, Fifth Element is the perfect choice. Whether you are hosting a private or public function, Fifth Element will provide a musical experience that is sure to add that “something special” to your event.
If you like jazz, you’ll LOVE Fifth Element!
As an accomplished jazz trumpeter, composer and lyricist, Jake Wilkinson is a multi-faceted musician. His trumpet playing is soulful, introspective, and highly crafted. His compositions are tuneful and clear, his lyrics intelligent, contemporary and playful. Jake began his musical career at age 9, on the trombone. He later switched to trumpet, after being inspired by the music of Chet Baker and Miles Davis. Since then, Jake has played at major venues and festivals around the world with such notable groups and musicians as: The Boss Brass, The Toronto Jazz Quartet, The Powder Blues Band, Long John Baldry, Grant Stewart, Josh Brown [currently with Michael Bublé], John Hicks, and Liberty Silver. He has released three recordings: the critically acclaimed jazz record, This Time, and Walking On The World, a singer-songwriter collaboration, and his latest disc with Michelle Willis, The Game Of Love.
Joelle - voice
Ted Crosby - saxophone
Alan Mackie - bass
Joelle and the West Men explore and reinvent songs from the great American songbook in a creative and playful way. Featuring musicians who move seamlessly between the Toronto jazz, folk and bluegrass scenes, you can expect a night of unexpected musical twists and turns with popular and lesser known songs