About

Ally Fiola is a saxophonist and media composer based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who has an affinity for soul, driving rhythms, and strong melodies. She's been inspired by artists such as Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Preservation Hall. These influences can be heard in her debut album, Dreaming Away, which features five original compositions and two pivotal standards (Mercy Mercy Mercy and Moanin') which helped shaped Ally into the musician she is today. This album was released on July 26th, 2018, and was made possible by being the recipient of the 2017 Dream Hughie Award.

Most recently, Ally has been accepted to attend the Winter Music Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She will be in Banff attending this program from January 28th to February 8th 2019 to focus on jazz technique and composition. 

She's currently the bandleader of "The Next Quest", a jazz combo that is influenced by hard bop and New Orleans music. The group consists of musicians who have experience studying and playing jazz across Canada; they bring their combined skills to play original and cleverly arranged upbeat music. Her band recently joined her at The Sonic Temple Recording Studio in Halifax, NS, to record Ally's debut album, "Dreaming Away". 

Ally has also been a sideman in successful groups such as Salty Dawgs Brass Band, Bluesmobile, Scott n' the Rocks, the Tuesday Night Big Band and other groups across the maritimes, has performed and recorded with Unidentified Funk Object (East Coast Music Award Nominee 2017), and has 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.