Ally Fiola is a film composer and saxophonist, currently working towards her first album that will be released in late May 2018.
Ally went to Dalhousie University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music performance in saxophone as well as a B.Sc in Psychology. She received a versatile education under the direction of jazz saxophonist, Chris Mitchell. In addition to the saxophone, Ally also plays flute, clarinet, and sings. She composes and arranges personal projects for groups around Halifax, and has completed commissioned work. Ally continues to perform diverse genres spanning from jazz, funk, new and experimental music, and R&B.
She currently leads a jazz quintet called "The Next Quest", a 5-piece jazz combo which performs her original music and arrangements inspired by third-stream jazz, New Orleans, and the blues. This includes Ally on alto, bari and vocals, Dan Corbett on trombone, Addison Sowery-Quinn on sousaphone, Ross Avey on guitar, and Tom Cuming on drums. Ally is heavily influenced by the sounds of Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, and Gerry Mulligan, as well as by the works of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Kenny Wheeler. Most recently Ally has become quite interested in the New Orleans scene, experimenting with the sounds of brass band and Hot Jazz.
Ally has performed in venues across the Maritimes as a freelance musician, and throughout Canada with the Canadian Forces as a member of the 36 CBG Band in Halifax, NS. She has been a sideman/subbed in successful groups such as Salty Dawgs Brass Band, Bluesmobile, Scott n' the Rocks, the Vesuvius Big Band (Halifax Music Co-op), performed and recorded with Unidentified Funk Object (East Coast Music Award Nominee 2017), and has most recently been part of Jerry Granelli's Globe Blues Band. Ally has also taken part in the Halifax Creative Music Workshop led by Jerry Granelli, which included workshops by guitarist Bill Frisell and trombonist Julian Priester.