Playing a selection of some of the best jazz standards that have stood the test of time as well as some hip contemporary pieces, the Jazz Apostles offer captivating vocal performances with skillful instrumental improvisation and group interplay. Featuring local artists Nelson White (guitar and vocals), Kacie Callahan (vocals), Howie Larade (trumpet and flugelhorn), Noah Hamilton (piano and vocals), Scott Sheppard (bass) and Paul Harris (drums), as well as special guest Julia Cass from St. John’s on trombone.
Nelson White, Jazz Apostles (vocals and guitar)
Guitarist Nelson White has been playing professionally for 40 years. He has played in several different groups over the years ranging from jazz to rock to country. Nelson is also a retired music educator and still teaches privately in his spare time.
Noah Hamilton, Jazz Apostles (vocals and piano) Noah Hamilton is a 19 year old from Corner Brook, Newfoundland with a lifelong passion for music and the arts. He is a singer and songwriter who specializes in piano, having started lessons at 4 years old. He plays solo shows and shows with a number of acts on the West Coast such as Sherman Downey, The Jazz Apostles and Rev Dave and the Sin Eaters. He currently teaches piano at Gary Bennett Music, and is the Musician in Residence at the Rotary Arts Centre.
Howard Larade, Jazz Apostles (trumpet and flugelhorn) Howard Larade is a retired music teacher who taught instrumental music at Stephenville High from 1983-2016. As an educator he has traveled with his performing groups from NL to British Columbia as well as New York city. As a brass player he has performed trumpet and flugelhorn with the Dirty Big Band, Three of a Kind, the Catch and Jazz Apostles.
Julia Cass, Jazz Apostles (trombone) Hailing from St. John’s, trombonist Julia Cass is a first year undergraduate student at MUN’s School of Music. She plays in many ensembles in the school, including the jazz band and jazz combo.
Scott Sheppard, Jazz Apostles (bass) Scott Sheppard is an independent musician, singer songwriter & private music instructor from Corner Brook, NL. An active member of the music community in Western Newfoundland, Scott plays in several groups, including The Louis McDonald Trio, The Jazz Apostles, Lovequeen and his original project The Rangers, who are currently busy in the studio recording their first full-length album funded by MusicNL. Scott is also the bass player for Sherman Downey’s band, who recently completed an intraprovincial Arts and Culture Center tour.
Paul Harris, Jazz Apostles (drums) Paul Harris teaches band and music at Stephenville Middle School while remaining active as a drummer on the west coast of Newfoundland. He is originally from Labrador City and holds a music degree in jazz from St. FX University in Nova Scotia. Paul has a wide variety of professional drumming experiences including seasons in Ottawa’s Ceremonial Guard Band, several years on cruise ships, and countless rock, jazz, country and theatre gigs. Paul has been a long time member of the Lou MacDonald Jazz Trio, and is a founding member of the Jazz Apostles.
Kacie Callahan (vocals) A talented singer-songwriter from Corner Brook, Kacie Callahan brings her unique style to any stage she happens to find herself on. A performer since a young age, she has spent the last several years bringing her unique blend of old time soul, rock and jazz to stages around the province. Whether it’s bringing the classic music of Patsy Cline to life in Corner Brook, playing with a jazz quintet in Stephenville or bearing her soul through her original music in Burlington, Callahan has a knack for bringing people to their feet. When she isn’t working on her debut album, Callahan can be found educating children through music. Be sure to check her out at a stage near you this summer. Just don’t be alarmed if she’s barefoot while she sings. It’s Callahan’s way of getting closer to the music.