Ally Fiola is a saxophonist and film composer from Nova Scotia. She is the bandleader of the traditional jazz and funk-inspired combo, The Next Quest, which performs Ally’s original arrangements. Ally actively performs across Atlantic Canada with both her jazz combo and as a sideman. Notably, Ally has performed and recorded with the East Coast Music Award-nominated band, Unidentified Funk Object, and with jazz legend, Jerry Granelli’s Globe Blues Band.
Ally released her debut solo jazz album, Dreaming Away, in July 2018. This release was pivotal in augmenting Ally’s exposure as a jazz musician beyond her local performances, increasing her listenership across Atlantic Canada. Following the release, Ally had the opportunity to showcase at the 2019 East Coast Music Awards and gave multiple performances at the Halifax Jazz Festival. Dreaming Away was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year at the 2019 Music Nova Scotia Awards and Ally was nominated for Best Jazz Musician of the Year in 2019 and 2021 for the local Halifax newspaper, The Coast.
Constantly seeking opportunities for growth and collaboration in her career in music, Ally reaches both locally and globally. Over recent years, she has taken part in the Halifax Creative Music Workshop led by Jerry Granelli, which included sessions with guitarist Bill Frisell and trombonist Julian Priester. She was also part of the 2019 Winter Musicians in Residence session at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity where she worked with musicians from across the globe, notably participating in masterclasses with the Quasar Saxophone Quartet. Most recently, Ally lived in London, United Kingdom, for a year honing her skills on the saxophone and completing a Masters in Film Composition. During her time in London, she collaborated with diverse musicians and performed across London, including at the award-winning Pheasantry Jazz Club.