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Heillig Manoeuvre is a quartet of top Canadian jazz players who, while working on other projects, take time to record and perform with each other, producing delightful, friendly instrumental “conversations”. They have a recent recording and another one in the works and are ready to find touring opportunities outside of North America.

The leader and main composer, bassist Henry Heillig, was one of the co-founders of Latin-funk band Manteca. This Juno winning ensemble released 10 LPs and CDs and toured the world’s major festivals, from Stockholm to the Hollywood Bowl. From 1980 to 1996, Henry also toured and recorded with some of Canada’s top children’s entertainers Sharon, Lois and Bram as well as Eric Nagler, for whom he produced three albums and the music for 5 seasons of Eric's World TV.

Aside from constantly freelancing as a player, Henry has been the musical director for the Canadian award shows the Genies (film) and Geminis (television). He has composed music for film and documentaries and continues to produce recordings and live projects.

Saxophonist Alison Young is a fairly recent addition to the Canadian jazz scene but has already been working with Terra Hazelton's Red Hot Ramble, and has toured in Europe several times with Big Rude Jake's swing band. She steadily works with a variety of ensembles and adds an “old soul” quality of playing to Heillig Manoeuvre.

Pianist Stacie McGregor has had a steady career playing in Kollage, the hard-bop band led by drummer Archie Alleyne. She has also been featured in bassist Brandi Disterheft's band which led to the opportunity to perform in the company of Herbie Hancock and Dave Brubeck. She has several of her own recordings and performs regularly with Jim Heinemann's Dream Band.

Drummer Charlie Cooley was Heillig's rhythm section mate in Manteca for over 20 years. He has toured with some of Canada's biggest acts, Kellylee Evans, Sass Jordan, The Guess Who, Prairie Oyster, Jimmy Rankin, and many others. The long playing history between Charlie and Henry have given them the description of “playing as one”.

Their website is: http://www.heilligman.com/