Kodi Hutchinson has come full circle. He first discovered jazz as a youngster of 15, listening to Bill Coull’s Coull Jazz program on CKUA. Now, as host of A Time for Jazz, Kodi shares his love of the genre with listeners around the world, every week.
An award-winning professional jazz musician, jazz record label owner and artistic producer of the Calgary Jazz Festivals, Kodi is deeply involved in the art form. A double bass and electric bass player, he regular plays and tours, either with his trio, The Hutchinson Andrew Trio, or with a whole host of other groups and artists, including P.J. Perry, Lee Konitz, Oliver Jones, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. He has toured throughout North America and Europe with groups including Karl Schwonik, Clanterra, Destino and Sillian & Young.
Kodi began his career as a jazz musician while attending the University of Calgary as a commerce student. He received his degree but shortly thereafter followed his passion and became a full-time bassist. It has paid off.
His trio, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio, won the prestigious 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. All three of their albums were nominated for the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording.
His boutique jazz record label, Chronograph Records, was nominated for Independent Record Label of the Year -- three times -- at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Those who know Kodi as a jazz aficionado, may be surprised to discover that his resumé also includes “race car driver.” He once even won a Canadian national championship.
Now he’s content to pick up his bass rather than strap on a seatbelt. “I love to explore the different shades of jazz, and It is my honour to carry on a tradition of curating jazz on CKUA that has been running back over 70 years,” he says.
A Time For Jazz