The Jazz Council

The Jazz Council

 Cranbrook, British Columbia, CAN

The Jazz Council is a straight-ahead jazz quintet from Cranbrook, BC. Founded in 2010 by drummer Sven Heyde, The Jazz Council features baritone saxophonist Bernie Primbs, trumpeter Laurel Ralston, pianist Tim Plait, and bassist Joel Kroeker. The Jazz Council is renowned for its upbeat, listenable original tunes, fresh approach to standards, and magnetic energy onstage.


With over 40 performances behind them, new material in the works, and a tremendously successful debut album, Dawn, The Jazz Council looks forward to taking over the entire Kootenays, the rest of BC, Canada, and finally, the whole world.

The Jazz Council has a unique approach to jazz and their audiences - non-jazz-heads will never leave a JC show saying 'The songs all sound the same', or 'That was boring'. On the contrary, The Jazz Council firmly believes that jazz is, at its core, pop music, and can be both authentic and accessible. Their original compositions (8 of which make up their debut album, Dawn) and their covers weave together many different strands and sub-genres of jazz, giving the listeners ears a well-balanced diet, while their ability to select sounds from a specific palette gives them a unique, clear sound that is all their own.

'For a couple of reasons that was a concert well worth attending. The music of Miles Davis is always worth a listen and in the hands of Laurel Ralston and her band mates it was not only enjoyable it was something that is not usually associated with Jazz concerts. It was very entertaining as well.' - Rod Wilson, online review, 1 June 2012

'[Dawn is] readily accessible and played with great energy and a high level of proficiency.'  - BC Musician Magazine, 16 January 2012

'The arrangement by the band was wonderful and fresh ... wonderful arrangements of the rhythm section and the beautiful blend of the trumpet and the baritone sax ... By the time the band launched into the funky vamp intro of When the Saints go Marching In at the end of the service, we were all on our way to musical heaven.' - Rod Wilson, Kimberley Daily Bulletin, 23 February 2011


Bernie Primbs, a Grant MacEwan Music graduate, has played the sax for over 17 years. He has a great love for preforming and simply having a good time on stage. He plays the baritone and tenor saxes. He can also be found playing in a local show band called Boogie Supreme, which he founded.

Trumpeter and flautist Laurel Ralston studied classical music performance at the University of Ottawa, and has enthusiastically embraced the challenges of jazz, making her reasonably confident that one day she will no longer be square. Laurel is a longtime member of the Symphony of the Kootenays and former conductor of the Kimberley United Church Choir and Kimberley Community Band. She's currently honing her jazz skills as a member of Ralph Mercredi Quorum in Ottawa.

Sven Heyde took a Diploma of Music Performance from Grant MacEwan College before completing his BA and BEd. He is a versatile percussionist who has studied with Paul Walker (U of L), Brian Thurgood (Grant MacEwan), and Tyler Hornby (Mount Royal). He also plays with redGirl, a melodically-inspired-folk-rock-alt-country band; as an occasional player for Symphony of the Kootenays; and has performed with blues band Grand Larseny, littlejazz Orchestra, and WTFunk.

Tim Plait started piano lessons with Arne Sahlen in 1995. In Victoria, he studied piano in the Victoria Conservatory of Musics Diploma Program with instruction from Susan DeBurgh. He studied vocal accompaniment with Robert Holliston and organ with Nicholas Fairbank, and served four seasons as the Kimberley Summer Theatres accompanist and music director. Tim moved overseas in autumn 2012, where hes been getting inspired by the amazing music and culture in Germany, and looks forward to returning to western Canada this spring.

Joel Kroeker picked up the bass out of necessity. He was already fluent on several other instruments, including guitar, piano, and saxophone, but the ensemble needed a bass. Joel has a great ear, which compensates for his less-than-adequate sight-reading skills. Hes been dabbling in music his whole life, always pursuing that elusive song that will inspire the world. Joel appreciates all genres, though he more than often chooses to listen to classic rock on his iPod. Jazz has always intrigued him; he finds its complexity both challenging and rewarding. Joel currently teaches music and drama in Sparwood. If Joel were a chord, hed be a Dm7: evocative and enchanting.

Set List

Broken Drill Bit Blues (Ralston)
Carrie (Heyde)
Cinder (Ralston)
Consternation (Heyde)
Dawn (Primbs) Quieres Casarte Conmigo (Primbs)
Evening (Heyde)
Everyone Could Use a Minor Funk (Primbs)
On the Prowl (Primbs)
Rainy Night Caper (Joel Kroeker)
SIH (Heyde)

All Blues
Berkeley Square
Black Orpheus
Blueberry Hill
But Beautiful
Darn That Dream
Fly Me to the Moon
If I Were a Bell
It Might As Well Be Spring
Lullaby of Birdland
Night Train
One By One
'Round Midnight
Some Day My Prince Will Come
There Is No Greater Love
They Can't Take That Away
Under My Skin
What a Wonderful World
Yardbird Suite

... and others