Ally Fiola is a saxophonist and film composer based out pf 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, that features five original compositions which have a hardbop and New Orleans brass band fusion. This album also includes two pivotal standards (Mercy Mercy Mercy and Moanin') which helped shaped Ally into the musician she is today. Her debut album was released on July 26th, 2018, and was made possible by being the recipient of the 2017 Dream Hughie Award.
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 (and sometimes pop) music. Her band recently joined her at The Sonic Temple Recording Studio in Halifax, NS, to record Ally's debut album, "Dreaming Away".
Ally graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music (saxophone performance), and has performed across the Maritimes including the Halifax Jazz Festival, the ECMAs, the Carleton, Stayner's Wharf, and at various other venues. She has been a sideman/subbed in successful groups such as Salty Dawgs Brass Band, Bluesmobile, Scott n' the Rocks, the Tuesday Night Big Band, 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.