Jodi Proznick

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Jodi Proznick
Jodi Proznick.jpg
Proznick at the Canadian National Jazz Awards
Background information
Birth name Jodi Proznick
Born Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, musician
Instruments Acoustic Bass
Associated acts The Jodi Proznick Quartet

Jodi Proznick is a Canadian jazz bassist born[when?] in Vancouver.

In 1993, Proznick won the General Motors Award of Excellence as one of the top young musicians in Canada.[1] McGill University awarded Proznick a performance scholarship in 1997 as a member of the prestigious McGill Big Band I. In 1998, she won the IAJE "Sisters in Jazz" competition which brought her to New York to perform with Ingrid Jensen and to Detroit to open for Geri Allen. In 2004, The Jodi Proznick Quartet was awarded the Galaxie Rising Star of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Jodi was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts Specialized Music Sound Recording Grant for her debut release "Foundations." In 2007, the Jodi Proznick Quartet was awarded a Canada Council Festival Travel Grant to perform at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the GM Prix De Jazz competition.

In 1998, Jodi obtained her B.Mus. from McGill University and in 2006, her M.Ed. from Simon Fraser University.

Since moving back to Vancouver in 2000, Proznick has become a top call bassist. She has played and/or recorded with international stars such as David "Fathead" Newman, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Charles McPherson, Seamus Blake, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Eric Alexander, Lewis Nash, Warren Vache, Herlin Riley, Richie Cole, Bobby Shew, Wycliffe Gordon, Ryan Kaisor, Gerald Clayton, Tamir Hendelman, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Daniels, David Hazeltine, George Colligan, Kitty Margolis, Patience Higgins, Jim Rotundi, Houston Pearson, Scott Hamilton, George Robert, Grant Stewart, Ingrid Jensen, Joe Magnarelli, Gary Smulyan, Jim Snidero, Paul Bollenbeck, John Proulx and Canadian stars such as Denzal Sinclaire, , Phil Dwyer, Ian McDougall, Oliver Gannon, P.J. Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk McDonald, Hugh Fraser, Dee Daniels, Laila Biali and many others. A highlight in her career was opening for Oscar Peterson with the Oliver Gannon Quartet at the Orpheum in the summer of 2004.[1] Jodi was a featured soloist with the violinist Mark Fewer and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and with Elektra. She also accompanied Michael Bublé in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

Proznick was awarded Bassist of the Year at the 2007 and 2008 National Jazz Awards. Her group, the Jodi Proznick Quartet, which features pianist Tilden Webb, drummer Jesse Cahill and tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad, won the Acoustic Group of the Year award[2] and their album Foundations (Cellarlive) won for Album of the Year. In the fall of 2007 the group completed a 20 date Canadian tour that took them from Whitehorse to Montreal. She was also nominated for a Juno Award in 2008.[3]

Jodi is also a regular member of the Tilden Webb Trio, Triology (featuring Bill Coon and Miles Black), the Joel Haynes Trio, and the Oliver Gannon Quartet.[4]

Proznick is on faculty at Capilano University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is jazz department chair at the VSO School of Music. She has been on faculty at the CYMC Pacific Jazz Workshop, the Yukon Arts Summer Music Program and Douglas College. She has been an adjudicator and clinician at festivals across Canada including Music Fest Canada, the Envision Jazz Festival, the Brandon Jazz Festival, the Winnipeg Optimist Festival, the West Coast Jazz Festival and the Nelson Jazz Festival. She has given clinics and concerts at McGill University, Brandon University, St. Francis Xavier University, Western Michigan University, Grant McEwan Community College, Capilano College, and UBC as well as the BCMEA and IAJE conferences. In 2014, Jodi performed at the TED Conference in Vancouver B.C. with Sony recording artist, Somi.



  • Foundations - Jodi Proznick Quartet (JUNO NOMINATED)
  • Triology - Triology f. Bill Coon, Miles Black and Jodi Proznick


  • Trio3 YVR - Jon Mccaslin Trio
  • Drinky - Tim Tamashiro
  • This Bitter Earth - Jaclyn Guillou
  • Change Partners - Champian Fulton Quartet
  • Easy Sailing - Oliver Gannon Quartet
  • Invitations - Jerrold Dubyk Quintet
  • Live at the Cellar - Amanda Tosoff Trio
  • Live at the Cellar - Peter Bernstein with the Tilden Webb Trio
  • Sunalta - Jon Mccaslin Quintet (Western Canadian Music Award Winner)
  • Fresh - Bria Skonberg
  • Jazzspeak - Ralf Buschmeyer (Western Canadian Music Award Winner)
  • Just Like That - Cory Weeds with the Tilden Webb Trio
  • Anywhere But Here - Janice Finlay
  • Chez Nous - Elektra Women's Choir, Morna Edmonston conductor
  • Come Sing With Me - Capilano Community Music School
  • Rocky Mountain Jazz Compilation - Various Artists
  • Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Opening Ceremony Commemorative Album - The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Orchestra
  • Sounds of Vancouver 2010: Closing Ceremony Commemorative Album - The Vancouver 2010 Swing Orchestra
  • Down on the Bottom - The Nightcrawlers
  • Blow Up - Steve Kaldestad Quintet
  • A Time To Heal - Moving Beyond Homelessness - Various Artists
  • Too Much To Do - Nick LaRiviere
  • Memory Cafe - Steve Maddock
  • Transitions - Joel Haynes Trio featuring Seamus Blake
  • It's Always You'" - Luis Giraldo
  • Loving Memory - Gary MacDonald
  • Chances Are - Jane Fair Quartet
  • No Boundaries - Ron Peters and Bill Coon
  • Contemplation - Christie Grace
  • Cellar Groove– Tilden Webb Trio feat. David Newman
  • The Time Is Now– Joel Haynes Trio
  • Run With It – James Danderfer Group
  • Live at the Cellar – Charles McPherson Quartet
  • The Best of CBC's Hot Air, Vol. 4 - Compilation
  • Live from Lotusland - Mike Rud
  • Swingmatasim - Gary Guthman
  • Jazz Vistas - Jane Leroux
  • Something Personal - McGill Big Band
  • Little Temptations - Sienna
  • Real Time - Sienna (Independent)
  • Cellar Live: The First Five Years - Compilation


  1. ^ a b True, Chris. "Jodi Proznick: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Brad Turner Wins Trumpeter and Producer of the Year Honours". All About Jazz. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Artist Summary". Juno Awards. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Robb, Gregory (1 October 2003). "2003 Vancouver International Jazz Festival". All About Jazz. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 

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