“…A dark and smooth sound with a punch like neat whiskey.”
Susan Downs, Times-Colonist
After over 30 years on the scene in Victoria, Gord Clements has established himself as one of Victoria’s most prolific multi-instrumentalists and sought after educators. With five jazz albums, an orchestral recording of original bass clarinet pieces, and induction into Victoria’s Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Clements’ unique career has made his classes and workshops inspirational to students of all ages and levels.
An Accomplished Orchestral Performer
As a classical musician and clinician for Buffet Crampon Clarinets and Keilworth Saxophones, Clements spent 15 years as principal bass clarinetist and saxophone soloist for the Victoria Symphony. In 2012, Clements released “7 New Works”, a collection of original pieces by seven different composers for solo bass clarinet and string orchestra. Conducted by Timothy Vernon, the project more than doubled the existing repertoire for this instrumentation. Clements has also been resident clarinetist and saxophonist for the Palm Court Orchestra.
“[Seven New Works] captures all of the beauty of the premiere concert performance and then some. […] His tone is rich as a finely brewed espresso.”
Patricia Kostek, Professor of Clarniet, UVic
A Renown Jazz Musician
However, Gord Clements’ is most known for his work as a jazz musician. As a saxophonist, Clements has collaborated with Paul Horn, Louis Rose, Gary Guthman, Tommy Banks, Rob McConnell, Don Clark, Ian McDougal, Phil Dwyer, and Hugh Fraser. In 2002, Clements started working with renown musicians Misha Piatigorksy and Neil Swainson, recording three highly acclaimed albums that pushed the boundaries of the bass clarinet in jazz. Starting with “Above and Below” (2002), the trio expanded to include the legendary Don Thompson on “Bounce” (2003), and with Willard Dyson and Rob Cheramy on “Run” (2006).
“From its Mancini-ish opening notes to the killer Ellingtonian finale, this is some fine mainstream chamber jazz. …one of the strongest and best-sounding recordings yet from Victoria’s jazz scene.”
Ian Cochrane, Monday Magazine
Regarded as one of Victoria’s best music educators, Gord Clements has worked as a teacher, clinician, ensemble coach and conductor for over 40 years. Clements has taught at the University of Victoria, was Head of jazz Studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for 27 years, and was Artistic Director and Founder of the VCM Summer Jazz Workshop. In 2018 he retired as Senior School Director of Concert and Jazz Bands at St. Michaels University School.
“What a nice and warm sound, you can be sure to get lots of airplay from us at Radio-Canada.”
André Rhéaume, ICI Musique
“Super playing and terrific new repertoire, I’ll have to get busy making occasions to play some of this too! I’m sure this was a real labour of love and a lot of time, money and effort to pull together, bravo on a super disc.”
Peter Stoll, Clarinet Professor University of Toronto
“It is terrific! Classic and excellent jazz. Very beautiful bass clarinet playing throughout the range. The whole ensemble is great.”
Keith McLeod, Principal Clarinet, Victoria Symphony
“The horn is so beautifully played. …this is a great album. It deserves consideration for an award of some kind. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Gord play with such confidence and agility.”
Will Goede, Professor, Capilano College
“I love the sound and the writing is first class.”
André Rhéaume, ICI Musique