July 30, 2023

If There Were No Opposites 

Nick Fraser Quartet


New Jazz | Drummer Nick Fraser leads this outstanding jazz foursome featuring saxophonist Tony Malaby and two exceptional string players, Andrew Downing and Rob Clutton.

If there were no opposites

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Acclaimed Toronto-based drummer and composer Nick Fraser leads this outstanding jazz quartet featuring New York saxophonist Tony Malaby and string players Andrew Downing and Rob Clutton. The quartet’s music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, with Malaby’s impassioned saxophone improvisations in contemporary jazz and Fraser’s deft drumming. Clutton and Downing provide, by turns, a shifting field of harmonic support and melodic invention. The work of this group is a high watermark in Canadian jazz and creative music. 

About Nick Fraser Quartet

Nick Fraser is a member of The Lina Allemano Four, Titanium Riot, Brodie West Quintet, Eucalyptus and Peripheral Vision. He has collaborated with many luminaries, including Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Evan Parker and Marilyn Crispell. For ten years, he led Drumheller, a quintet that released four critically acclaimed albums.  

Tony Malaby (saxophone) was named “Musician of the Year” in 2004 by All About Jazz and has been a member of groups led by Charlie Haden, Paul Motian and Mark Helias.  

Andrew Downing (cello) is an instrumentalist and composer in Toronto’s jazz, folk, classical and creative improvising scenes. Rob Clutton (bass) is a composer and bassist active in Toronto’s creative improvised music scene. 

Access Info

The Toronto Music Garden is a wheelchair accessible park. Summer Music In The Garden concerts include 8 reserved spots for accessible seating on a first come, first served basis. As these performances take place in a park, they are inherently relaxed performances by nature.

Dates & Times

July 30
60 mins


Toronto Music Garden

Wheelchair accessible


Between Lower Spadina and Dan Leckie Way

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