Trombonist, Composer, Teacher
Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz trombonists and composers. He has performed and taught internationally as well as throughout Canada.
Most recently, he was nominated for 2018 Juno Award for "best traditional jazz recording". Other nominations include a Down Beat Magazine Rising Star award in 2015 as well as Juno nominations for "best traditional jazz recording" for his debut CD, Other Stories and most recently, for his work with co-leader, saxophonist Tara Davidson and the debut recording of the Carn Davidson NINE.
As a bandleader, William currently leads several groups; the William Carn Quintet, his quartet Run Stop Run and his co-lead chamber nonet, the Carn Davidson NINE. All bands feature some of Canada’s finest musicians.
He has performed and recorded with international jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Danilo Perez, Joel Frahm, Miguel Zenon, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Murley, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Tara Davidson, 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, Johnny Reid, Sarah Slean, Janelle Monae, Royal Wood, Hawksley Workman, Michael Kaeshammer, Noel Gallagher, Melissa McClelland, Luc Doucet, Emily Haynes, Kathleen Edwards, Jon Secada, Peabo Bryson, Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Jill Barber, Matt Dusk, Sophie Millman, Jeff Healy, Colin James and David Clayton-Thomas. William has also been featured on over 200 commercial recordings as a performer.
William is proud to be a Rath Trombone Artist. He is a faculty member at the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program, Humber College Music program, the National Music Camp and the Ottawa JazzWorks Jazz Camp.