Live @ Trane Studios - Toronto

by Chad Eby

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The night was ripe for swing.

Small club… overbooked by twice. A band of stellars – foreshadowing searing hard bop, tucked in the pocket of ‘the tradition’. Responsive audience all a-flutter in salivating anticipation.

The evening’s not without foibles. I, the promoter, organized this as a “Fair Trade Organic Coffee and Jazz” night to honor bandleader, Chad Eby – a brewed-bean lover. 30mins before doors, the barista phones and cancels… stuck in traffic.

But Chad swung his ax like Paul Bunyan… Jason beat those drums like bop’s heart personified… Steve strummed that bass like Thor’s thunder… and Sperandei’s horn shamed Gabriel.

Amidst euphoric syncopation and the clamor of applause, not a soul thought to ask for a cup of java.

Great music’s harvest can make you forget.

~ Keita Hopkinson ( /

Chad Eby - tenor and soprano saxophone
Steve Haines - bass
Jason Marsalis - drums
and guest William Sperandei - trumpet ("Bye-Ya")


released January 10, 2008

Recorded by Ljubomir Gorscak of, at Trane Studios, Toronto (Jan. 2008)

Produced by Keita Hopkinson:

Photos of Jason Marsalis/Chad Eby/Keita Hopkinson courtesy of Andrew Louis:


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Iowa native and North Carolina resident Chad Eby has earned widespread critical acclaim as “a consummate improviser” (Jazz Times), “has tremendous poise and natural melodic sense” (Ottawa Sun), and his ”tone is boundless, blues-inflected, and wholly satisfying” ( He is a Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.

"Chad Eby is a consummate artist." - Bill Charlap
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