In the Faculty:
Small Jazz Ensembles
In the Community:
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
Ron Paley Big Band
Winnipeg based saxophonist Ken Gold stays busy with a variety of playing, recording, and teaching activities. He is a regular member with some of Winnipeg's finest ensembles including the Ron Paley Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Papa Mambo, the Roy/Kramer band and the Dave Lawton Society Band. Recent activities have included film soundtrack recording for composer Glenn Buhr, as well as new CDs with Papa Mambo and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.
Ken has performed at the Manitoba Night feature of the JazzWinnipeg festival in 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001. In 2002, he served as musical director for that event, producing a special project : "Jazz with Strings". Another recent highlight fr Ken was playing on soul musician Remy Shand's debut CD The Way I Feel (Universal/Motown). His own album North End Shuffle (1999) has been well received by critics and public and airs regularly on both CBC stations and Cool.FM 99.1.
Over the years, Ken has had the oppurtunity to work with many wonderful groups and musicians from both near and far such as Swing Soniq, Finjan, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Dianna Schurr, Bill Watrous and John Faddis.
Ken was born and raised in Montreal where he studied saxophone and music with several fine teachers including Dave Turner, Claude Brisson, and Ed Seigneur. He has pursued lessons and masterclasses with David Liebman, Paquito D'ivera and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. These studies have been supported by grants and scholarships.
Ken is consistently involved with young musicians and saxophonists both through his own teaching studio and workshops throughout the region. He teaches jazz ensembles and jazz saxophone at the University of Manitoba.