Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz trombonists and composer. He has performed internationally as well as throughout Canada. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. He has also been nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008.
As a bandleader, William currently leads several groups; the William Carn Quintet and a new quartet Run Stop Run, both featuring some of Canada’s finest musicians. The William Carn Quintet includes Kelly Jefferson, saxophones; David Braid, piano; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Anthony Michelli, drums. The WCQ has toured across Canada and has become an established fixture in the Canadian jazz landscape. Run Stop Run showcases a trombone and guitar frontline along with bass and drums. This exciting group features the talents of Don Scott, guitar; Jon Maharaj, bass; and Ethan Ardelli, drums.
He has performed and recorded with international jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Joel Frahm, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Murley, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Mike Murley, Hilario Duran, Emile-Claire Barlow, Dionne Taylor, Andrew Downing, Jim McNeely, and John Clayton.
William also enjoys a diverse freelance career and is a regular member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival orchestra. Studio and concert engagements have included Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Paul Anka, Feist, Sarah Slean, Janelle Monae, Royal Wood, Hawksley Workman, Michael Kaeshammer, Jully Black, Melissa McClelland, Luc Doucet, Emily Haynes, Kathleen Edwards, Jon Secada, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Jill Barber, Matt Dusk, Sophie Millman, Jeff Healy and Colin James. William has also been featured on over 200 commercial recordings as a performer.
Currently William is a member of many ensembles including the David Clayton-Thomas Group, Hilario Duran Big Band, Kieran Overs Eleven, the Bernie Senensky Septet, the Andy Ballantyne Large Ensemble (ABLE), the Paul Read Orchestra (PRO), and the Art of Jazz Orchestra.
William is a Rath Trombone Artist as well as a clinician and teacher. In addition to teaching for Humber, William is also a faculty member at the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program and the National Music Camp.