Cameron-Hockley Quintet to play Cumberland’s Studio Live

The Jim Cameron/Liam Hockley Quintet will play at Studio Live in Cumberland (2679 Beaufort Ave.), April 27.

This intriguing East Coast/West Coast collaboration is sure to make for a memorable evening of adventurous, exhilarating jazz.

Cameron is a veteran saxophonist and Hockley is a versatile clarinetist.

Joining them will be Ron Hadley, on piano, bassist Rick Kilburn, and Buff Allen, on drums.

About the band:

Jim Cameron lives near Boston, Massachusetts. He studied with Lee Konitz and Jackie McClean, but his style has been described as “of the Sonny Rollins school.” Jim is one of Boston’s first-call players and has always been involved in the steady gigs in that city’s most well-known jazz venues, such as the 1369 Club, the Regatta Bar and the Top Of The Hub. He has also appeared as a featured performer in the “Tribute to Lester Young Festival” sponsored by the Boston Globe.

Jim Cameron has performed with Jim Rotondi and the NH Jazz Orchestra, as well as with the SpecialEdition Jazz Orchestra on a concert/cruise aboard the USS Liberty Ship John H. Brown. As a member of the Boston Factory Jazz Project, Jim has toured in Italy, performing in 19 concerts in Tuscany and Abruzzo, (one of which was a solo saxophone recital). Jim is often featured as a guest with the David Amram Trio and also maintains a weekly Boston gig with the Pocket Big Band (on baritone sax).

Clarinetist Liam Hockley is a versatile musician whose creative practice focuses on the creation and promotion of new and experimental music. Liam’s repertoire encompasses not only the major 20th- and 21st-century works for his instrument, but also the results of collaborations with Canadian and international composers on innovative new works across a broad spectrum of aesthetics. Recent performances include premieres of new works by Ray Evanoff, Kimberley Manerkirar, Eva-Maria Houben, Stefan Maier, and Joan Arnau Pàmies, as well as the North American premieres of works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michelle Lou, Horatiu Radulescu, and Jürg Frey. Liam has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including an interpretation prize at the 16th Stockhausen-Konzert und -Kurse Kürten in 2015.

In his spare time, Liam enjoys playing jazz and is looking forward to his upcoming “mini-tour” with Jim Cameron, who, many years ago, gave Liam his first clarinet lesson.

Pianist Ron Hadley is originally from the Boston area, where he took private lessons at the New England Conservatory with jazz piano legend Jaki Byard while studying theory and jazz improvisation at Berklee College of Music. He has performed throughout North America and Japan, and his lifelong professional involvement in the latter country (in addition to ongoing concert and workshop tours in Japan, Ron also works as a translator and interpreter) led to his relocation to the Pacific Northwest.

Rick Kilburn was born and raised in a musical family from Vancouver, B.C., and grew up listening to and playing jazz. He attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, during 1973/74, and from there moved to New York, where he worked as a bassist with such diverse players as Dave Brubeck, Mose Allison, Airto, Flora Purim and Chet Baker.

Based in Vancouver, drummer Buff Allen has had 45 years of professional playing experience in jazz, pop, theatre, recording studios, concert tours, television, and movies.

He worked in Toronto for eight years in the late ’70s and early ’80s with artists including Ed Bickert, Moe Koffman, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto, Eugene Amaro, Hagood Hardy, Kathryn Moses, Peter Appleyard,Phil Nimmons, Don Thompson, and visiting artists including Hank Jones, Teddy Wilson, Lenny Breau, Johnny Guenieri, Red Norvo, Johnny Hartman, and Maxine Sullivan.­

Since 1981, Buff Allen has become a familiar figure on jazz festival bandstands around the world from Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal in Canada to Dublin, Brussels, Glasgow, and The Netherlands.

Advance tickets are $20 and available at Bop City Records or by e-transfer to At the door: $25. Music gets underway at 7:30 p.m., April 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. Great room acoustics and a seven-foot Yamaha grand piano make this an ideal intimate listening room. Get your tickets early!

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