HAT Lily & Hollow Trees

The multiple-award-winning Hutchinson Andrew Trio is a vital and distinctively western force on the Canadian and international jazz scene. The group’s third album, 2013’s Prairie Modern, was featured in jazz bible Down Beat magazine, which called the album “a terrific listen, with great musicianship throughout.” The current fourth album, Hollow Trees, was written specifically for the seven-piece configuration of the HAT and the Lily String Quartet. Its music features powerful, moving compositions by HAT pianist Chris Andrew that combine the beauty of classical chamber music with the drive and interplay of jazz. 

It’s music that rewards the committed listener. Shifting textures, melodies, rhythm and tonality reveal themselves constantly throughout each track, telling a story that is best experienced from beginning to end. 

The trio’s many honours include Western Canadian Music Awards nominations for each of its previous three albums, and the prestigious TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Hollow Trees is the group’s most inspired work to date, and is poised to make an impact on the global jazz scene.

Tommy BanksTribute! 

The Hutchinson Andrew Trio is looking forward to getting back together for some special shows this coming December in tribute to the late, great Hon. Tommy Banks. As one of western Canada's musical icons, Tommy had a great effect on the careers and approach of all the members of HAT. We look forward to both performing in person and online performing music closely connected with this JUNO-winning master of the piano.

Keep your eyes on the site as more information becomes available.

Chris Andrew - New Album coming! 

Pianist Chris Andrew has been working hard the past 2 years finishing his Masters Degree while continuing his work teaching at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton. The culmination of his degree is a new set of music that which is being finalized for release by Chris and his label Chronograph Records. Keep an eye on the news section as we will announce a release date soon!

Congrats to Karl on his WCMA nomination! 

Huge congrats to HAT drummer Karl Schwonik on his nomination for the upcoming Western Canadian Music Awards for his album 'Reinventions'.

HAT's Chris Andrew and Kodi Hutchinson were also part of the project with saxophonists Brent Mah & Gerry Hebert. Karl is surrounded ny top notch talent in this category which also includes and album from former HAT drummer Sandro Dominelli. Three of the nominated albums are on bassist Kodi Hutchinson's label Chronograph Records!

Jazz Artist of the Year Nominees

  • Audrey Ochoa - AB 
  • Karl Schwonik - AB 
  • Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet - AB 
  • Regina Jazz Society - SK 
  • Sandro Dominelli - AB

https://breakoutwest.ca/awards/music-awards

An update for the Fall from HAT! 

Thanks to everyone checking out our music and also to CBC for the regular radio play this year! 

I wanted to give a quick update on what has been going on for the Hutchinson Andrew Trio this past year as we have been on a bit of a performing hiatus while we all focus on a variety of life directions and projects.

Chris has been teaching at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB as the head of the piano department and is currently working on his Masters Degree at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He has been recording as a sideman on a number of projects for some amazing artists. Check out his work on albums from this year including 'The Rundle Sessions' from saxophonist Jack Wilkins, '50/50' from Saxophonist Jim Brenan and most recently on 'Reinventions', a solo project from our drummer Karl Schwonik.

Karl is currently expanding his already impressive resume. He took a break from his Doctoral studies at USC and received an MBA from Cambridge. He recorded a solo album that has just released called 'Reinventions' featuring HAT as the rhythm section with saxophonist Brent Mah up front. He is also currently the Dean of the business program at Medicine Hat College in Alberta taking advantage of his new degree.

Finally, I'm (Kodi) working a new solo album amongst all the excitement of having a young daughter. Just recorded with Karl on his new album as well as getting ready for a recording this Fall with saxophonists Jack Wilkins and Jeremy Brown called the 'Saxophone Heritage Project'. I am also on a unique new album released this month called 'Baritone Madness' from the group of the same name which performed last summer at a number of festivals including the Ottawa and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Another upcoming album I'm on will be released in November with trumpeter and vocalist Johnny Summers with his tribute to Chet Baker.

We are all keeping busy and looking forward to reuniting most likely in late 2020 after taking care of some very busy schedules this past year!

Kodi

Vote for 'Beroke' - Finalist 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)   

Chris Andrew's composition 'Ber-oke' from the new Hutchinson Andrew Trio album 'Hollow Trees' has made it through numerous rounds and thousands of entries to be named a Finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The song was entered in the 'Instrumental' category and is competing against many world-class international artists! It is now amongst the final 14 songs competing in the instrumental category!

To vote for 'Ber-oke' visit http://www.radioairplay.com/voting2017/Instrumental

Ber-oke is named semi-finalist in 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 

Chris Andrew's composition 'Ber-oke' from the new Hutchinson Andrew Trio album 'Hollow Trees' has been named a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The song was entered in the 'Instrumental' category and is amongst many world-class international artists!

This group of semi-finalists will be narrowed down to the finalists who will be sent to celebrity judges who will then select the winners. All finalists will be announced within a couple of weeks, and winners will be announced once the judging process is completed.

For the full list of nominees visit www.songwritingcompetition.com/semi-finalists.html

 

Hollow Trees named in Peter Hum's top albums of 2016 

The Hutchinson Andrew Trio's newest album Hollow Trees has been named by Canadian music reviewer Peter Hum as one of his favourite albums of 2016.

Each year Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen compiles a list of his 12 favourite Canadian jazz albums for the year. He also adds a very short list of honourable mentions. Hollow Trees made the exclusive list for 2016.

The Hutchinson Andrew Trio is honoured to be recognized by Canada's top jazz reviewer Peter Hum for Hollow Trees. The album is a unique instrumental foray into fusing classical and jazz music.

For Peter Hum's full list of top albums for 2016 visit:

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/jazzblog/the-best-canadian-jazz-albums-of-2016

Hollow Trees makes CKUA Radio Top 100 List for 2016 

CKUA Radio, Alberta's province wide community radio station just released their top 100 album list for 2016!

Hollow Trees was the #3 Albertan album and #32 overall on the list:

http://www.ckua.com/ckua-top-100-for-2016

With CKUA radio serving music from all-genres with a strong focus on Folk and Roots, it is an impressive feat for the Alberta based trio to chart with an instrumental based album crossing between jazz and classical music!

Visit CKUA.com for the entire list!

Chris Andrew & Kodi Hutchinson perform at Tommy Banks 80th Birthday 

Pianist Chris Andrew and bassist Kodi Hutchinson were honoured to be asked to perform with Canadian jazz icon PJ Perry to perform for the 80th birthday celebrations for Tommy Banks.

Recorded live at CKUA radio in Edmonton, the concert was broadcast across Alberta on CKUA radio on December 17th for Tommy Banks birthday. It was a beautiful celebration in honour of one of Alberta's and Canada's most staunch arts advocates and important pianists.

Tommy Banks, who started his career as a jazz musician and big band leader, then went on to be a media personality across Canada on TV and radio, then a member of the Canadian senate. An advocate for the Canada Council and Alberta Foundation for the Arts, he has impacted the careers of countless musicians and artists across the country. Tommy has been a major inspiration and mentor to notable artists including pianist Chris Andrew and other luminaries such as David Foster.

The band for the evening and live broadcast was:

PJ Perry - Saxophone
Al Muirhead - Trumpet
Bobby Cairns - Guitar
Chris Andrew - Piano
Kodi Hutchinson - Double Bass
Sandro Dominelli - Drums

and special guests Tommy Banks on piano and Mallory Chipman on vocals.

www.ckua.com

WCMA Awards to be given out tonight at Breakout West! 

HAT is excited to be nominated for our 4th time with our 4th album Hollow Trees.

This will be the first year the band is nominated for instrumental album of the year.

Bassist Kodi Hutchinson will representing the band in Regina, SK and be performing at the WCMA's with jazz nominee Al Muirhead tonight and with his own trio at the 20Ten City Eatery tomorrow night.

More news to follow!

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Hutchinson Andrew Trio - A Tribute To Tommy Banks

Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB

Join the Award-Winning Hutchinson Andrew Trio as they look forward to getting back together for some special shows this coming December in tribute to the late, great Hon. Tommy Banks. As one of western Canada's musical icons, Tommy had a great effect on the careers and approach of all the members of HAT. The group looks forward to both performing online and hopefully in person performing music closely connected with this JUNO-winning master of the piano.

Chris Andrew - Piano, Kodi Hutchinson - Bass, Dave Laing - Drums

Special Guests: PJ Perry - Sax, Al Muirhead - Trumpet, Mallory Chipman - Vocals

Hutchinson Andrew Trio - A Tribute To Tommy Banks

Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, AB

Join the Award-Winning Hutchinson Andrew Trio as they look forward to getting back together for some special shows this coming December in tribute to the late, great Hon. Tommy Banks. As one of western Canada's musical icons, Tommy had a great effect on the careers and approach of all the members of HAT. The group looks forward to both performing online and hopefully in person performing music closely connected with this JUNO-winning master of the piano.

Chris Andrew - Piano, Kodi Hutchinson - Bass, Dave Laing - Drums

Special Guests: PJ Perry - Sax, Al Muirhead - Trumpet, Mallory Chipman - Vocals