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Nufsicisum: Phil Nimmons In Conversation

Canadian jazz legend Phil Nimmons comes to UTSC for a Q&A session

As part of our World Rhythms Performance Lecture Series, Arts & Events Programming is pleased to present Canadian jazz legend Phil Nimmons in a special Q&A session entitled Nufsicisum: Phil Nimmons In Conversation.

The event will take place on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 12PM to 2PM in AA303. Admission to the performance lecture is free and all are welcome to attend.

More than nearly any other individual, jazz clarinetist, composer, and educator Mr. Nimmons has single-handedly changed the face of jazz music in Canada. As the recipient of the first Juno Award given in the jazz category for The Atlantic Suite in 1977, he has written over 400 original jazz compositions that include commissions for Expo ’67 and the 1976 and 1988 Olympics.

Come and hear one of the most important figures in the history of Canadian music in conversation with UTSC Jazz Orchestra director, Mark Laver.  Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a Canadian jazz icon in the flesh.

For more information on the event, or to reserve seats, please contact AEP at

About Phil Nimmons:

A jazz musician, composer and educator of over six decades, Phil Nimmons can be held principally responsible for bringing jazz into mainstream Canadian music culture through radio performances, concerts and workshops.  A strong advocate for jazz as a significant North American art form and a prominent figure in Canadian musical education, he is always willing to help other musicians where he can and encourages young talent.  Nimmons’ music in internationally familiar due largely to his CBC Radio show that began in 1953 that showcased his jazz group Nimmons ‘N’ Nine which later grew to Nimmons ‘N’ Nine Plus Six.  He received the first Juno Award ever given in the jazz category for his group’s recording of The Atlantic Suite.

Over his career he is has written over 400 original jazz compositions that include commissions for Expo ’67, UNESCO World Music Week (1975) the 1976 Olympics, and the 1988 Winter Olympics and scores for film, television and radio such as Sands of Time (2001).  He is currently the Director Emeritus for Jazz Studies and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and is still enjoying his work too much to consider retiring, saying “I’m not fussy about retiring. It’s a word I have trouble spelling, let alone accepting!”

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