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Jodi Proznick is an award winning bassist from South Surrey, B.C who has shared the stage with some of the biggest stars in jazz. She was the Bassist of the Year at the 2008 and 2009 National Jazz Awards and her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, which features
pianist Tilden Webb, drummer Jesse Cahill and tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad, was awarded the Acoustic Group of the Year. They recorded their debut CD Foundations on Cellarlive in 2006. It was nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year at the 2008 Juno Awards and took home the Album of the Year at the 2008 National Jazz Awards. In the fall of 2007 the group completed a 20 date Canadian tour that took them from Whitehorse to Montreal.
In 1993, Proznick won the General Motors Award of Excellence as one of the top young musicians in Canada. McGill University awarded Jodi a performance scholarship in 1997 as a member of the prestigious McGill Big Band I. In 1998, she won the IAJE "Sisters in Jazz" competition which brought her to New York to perform with trumpet player Ingrid Jensen and a midwest tour of the U.S. to open for pianist Geri Allen. In 2004, her group, The Jodi Proznick Quartet, was awarded the Galaxie Rising Star of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In 2007, the quartet was awarded a Canada Council Festival Travel Grant to perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the GM Prix De Jazz competition. Also in 2007, Jodi was inducted into the Performer Hall of Fame at the Envision Jazz Festival in Surrey, B.C.
Since moving back to Vancouver from Montreal in 2000, Jodi has become a top call bassist. She has played with international jazz stars such as David Fathead Newman, Ed Thigpen, George Coleman, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Eric Alexander, Ryan Kaisor, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Daniels, George Colligan, Kitty Margolis, Patience Higgins, Jim Rotundi, Houston Pearson, Scott Hamilton, George Robert, Ingrid Jensen, Joe Magnarelli, David Hazeltine, and Canadian jazz stars such as Denzal Sinclaire, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, P.J. Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk McDonald, Hugh Fraser, Dee Daniels, Oliver Gannon, Greg Clayton, Dave McMurdo, Ian McDougall and many others. She has been featured on dozens of recordings, radio and television shows including a release with the Tilden Webb Trio featuring David Fathead Newman.
Recent highlights in her career include opening for Oscar Peterson with the Oliver Gannon Quartet at the Orpheum in the summer of 2004, performing as a guest soloist in 2007 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Bramwell Tovey and touring the western U.S. with jazz legend David Fathead Newman.
In 1998, Jodi obtained her B.Mus. from McGill University and in 2006, her M.Ed. from Simon Fraser University. She is on faculty at Capilano College, the CYMC Pacific Jazz Workshop and Kwantlen University College. She isin demand as an adjudicator and clinician at festivals, conferences and workshops across Canada
You can find more information about Jodi Proznick at: www.jodiproznick.com.