Since moving to Vancouver in 1980,
Dennis Esson has established himself as a highly respected and sought after
trombonist for a wide variety of musical endeavors.
He has recorded
music for cartoons, movies, jingles and soundtracks in addition to albums with
many pop and rock groups such as Stephen Fearing, The Paperboys, Buddy Miles,
The Salteens, Veda Hille and others. He has also been in the pit orchestras for
Broadway shows such as Chorus Line, The Full Monty, and
As a jazz musician Dennis has recorded
numerous C.B.C. sessions as a featured soloist. He is also the lead trombonist
with groups such as the "Vancouver Ensemble of Improvisation (VEJI)", "Orquesta
Goma Dura", "Jill Townsend Big Band", "Hard Rubber Orchestra" and the "Fred
Stride Jazz Orchestra". Some of the musicians he has performed with include
Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Marvin Stamm, David Foster, Maynard
Ferguson, Natalie Cole, Clark Terry, Bud Shank, and Phil Nimmons. He has
appeared and performed at all of the major jazz festivals across Canada.
In addition Dennis was the recipient in 1993 of a Canada Council of the
Arts "B" grant to study jazz trombone in New York where he studied with Conrad
Herwig, Steve Turre, Benny Powell and Slide Hampton. More recently he resumed
his studies and completed a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Orchestral
Performance from the University of British Columbia.
As a music
educator Dennis has been the Jazz Trombone instructor at Capilano College since
1997 and has been the director of the UBC Jazz Ensemble 2 since 2000. In
addition he has been on the faculty of the Courtney Youth Music Center since
2000 and prior to that time he was on the faculty of the Okanagan Summer School
of the Arts from 1984-1999.
As an adjudicator Dennis has appeared at
many festivals throughout B.C. and western Canada including Kelowna, Edmonton,
Whistler, Surrey, Burnaby, and Vancouver. He has also performed clinics and
master classes at universities, colleges, and secondary schools throughout
Canada. Dennis is a Yamaha trombone artist and performs and records on the