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Robert Black, Arts’59, has produced a new CD of music and memories from a jazz quintet with solid Queen’s roots. In 2010, the Tim Murray Quintet held its 50th anniversary concert at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Bob was there to record it.
Bob calls the concert CD a “live celebration of jazz and friendship” that combines arrangements of modern jazz tunes mixed with reminiscences of the musicians’ student days at Queen’s. The Tim Murray Quintet formed in 1960. the original members were Tim Murray, Meds’62, on piano, Charley Gordon, Arts’62, on trumpet, Sol Gunner, Arts’59, MSc’61, on bass, John Sullivan, MD’62, on drums, and Jerry Heath on trombone. The group’s members kept in touch over the years and got together to play periodically. After the death of Dr. John Sullivan,a new drummer, Scott Warren, joined the group in 2000.
Bob knew Sol at Queen’s, and they also kept in touch over the years. Bob remembers seeing the student quintet play at Medical house and at a number of Queen’s formals. Bob was a musician himself, playing bass drum for the Queen’s brass band. His other love, though, was radio, and he had a weekly show on CFRC. Later on, he began a business in Ottawa, Conference Tape, recording conferences and other events for businesses and organizations.
A few years ago, Bob attended a reunion concert of the Tim Murray Quintet in Ottawa. “I was struck by the atmosphere they created,” he says: “a nightclub setting, an intimate, enthusiastic audience with unmistakable Queen’s connections, and the exceptional collegiality of the five musicians.” When he heard the group was planning a repeat performance at the NAC, he approached them with a proposition: to record the performance and create a CD that could give back to Queen’s.
The 50th Anniversary Concert of the Tim Murray Quintet is now available at the Campus Bookstore or from Bob, who is donating all proceeds to CFRC Radio, celebrating its 90th year on the air in 2012. To order directly from Bob, who sells the CD for $15 (plus $2.50 shipping), contact him at email@example.com