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The Carn Davidson 9 (CD9) was formed in 2010 as a collaborative project between JUNO Award winning artists, trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson. This co-led ensemble is an opportunity for both artists to craft their original compositions for this unique chamber jazz instrumentation. With its seven wind instruments underpinned by acoustic bass and drums, CD9 is a dynamic and engaging ensemble that commands and entertains a live audience. From swing to Brazilian baião, CD9 performs a diverse and compelling repertoire of compositions by Carn and Davidson that is eclectic yet cohesive.


The Carn Davidson 9’s unique sound is made stronger by an all-star lineup of prominent Canadian artists who are all exceptional ensemble players as well as outstanding soloists. CD9 has produced three recordings. CD9’s debut recording, “Nine”, was released in 2012; “Murphy” was released in 2017; “The History of Us” was released in 2021. Comprising of two three-movement suites, "The History of Us" is a meditation on the universal themes of family, migration, and loss. “The History of Us” received much critical acclaim, including a 4-Star review in DownBeat magazine.

All three recordings garnered JUNO nominations for Jazz Album of the Year.

CD9 will release their fourth studio album in Fall 2024.


CD9 is…

Tara Davidson – co-leader, woodwind 1, composer & arranger

William Carn - co-leader, trombone, composer & arranger

Kelly Jefferson - woodwind 2

Shirantha Beddage – woodwind 3

Jason Logue - trumpet

Kevin Turcotte - trumpet

Christian Overton - bass trombone

Andrew Downing - bass

Ernesto Cervini - drums

To Purchase CD9 recordings: Bandcamp 

For more CD9 videos: CD9 YouTube channel

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