Toronto: The Moe Koffman Quintet
Gifted composer, arranger, and conductor in his own right, the brilliant Bernie Senensky began occupying the keyboard chair in The Moe Koffman Quintet in 1979 when the band was the number one small jazz combo in Canada. He had played with Moe on many occasions prior to that and “was always impressed with his utter musicality and his complete mastery of the flute, alto and soprano saxophones”.
As part of The Moe Koffman Quintet, Bernie ultimately had the opportunity to contribute many of his own compositions to the band’s repertoire over the more than 20 years that he was a member of the group. (most notably, his complex composition “Paco Paco”, inspired by a Quintet tour to South America
He continues to keep the memory and the music alive today with his celebrated Moe Koffman Tribute Band, featuring the internationally acclaimed jazz flautist Bill McBirnie, and veteran members of The Moe Koffman Quintet – bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Terry Clarke. On the Alto saxophone is the up-and-coming “New Star On The Jazz Horizon”, Jake Koffman, ( playing Moe’s Sax! ).
Photo: Kalle Kadakas