In classical thought, the four elements are earth, water, air and fire. For the members of this ensemble, the fifth element, quintessence or spirit, is captured in the music we perform. The repertoire of the band draws from The Great American Songbook as well as jazz standards covering the swing, ballad, latin and hard bop genres. Our goal is to draw the audience in with musical treatments of this music that are listenable, accessible and engaging.
"FIFTH ELEMENT", OUR FIRST ALBUM, RELEASED DEC. 2020
Nominated for Best Jazz Album 9th Annual OWMR Awards 2021
Named one of the top 5 vocal jazz albums of 2021 Jim Dupuis ("Jimmy Jazz"), CFBX 92.5FM The X
Jazz Weekly says... "Upbeat swinging sounds and optimistic vocals are delivered by the live-sounding team of Dale Scaife/p, Dave Coules/ts, Glenn Anderson/dr, Ron Johnston/b and girl-next-door vocalist Nina Richmond..."
Take Effect Reviews says... "A dynamic quintet spearheaded by the saxophone extraordinaire Dave Coules, Fifth Element have been plugging away since 2016 with their collective strength that radiates timeless jazz qualities amid much creativity..."
Ivan Rod says... "...The wait has been worth it all. The twelve standards that the ensemble takes care of are in fact superbly arranged by Coules and just as superbly redeemed by his ensemble..."
ALL ABOUT JAZZ chose our first song "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" as its TRACK OF THE DAY for May 7, 2021! With over 16,500 listens, it was one of the top tracks of 2021! Now... it has chosen our second song "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" as its TRACK OF THE DAY for January 21, 2022! With over 5,000 listens, it is the top track of 2022! LISTEN to both songs, "LIKE" them (if you do!) and DOWNLOAD THEM FOR FREE:
Fifth Element features vocalist Nina Richmond backed by Jack Gelbloom on piano, Ron Johnston on bass, Glenn Anderson on drums and Dave Coules on tenor sax. The members of Fifth Element bring rich and diverse backgrounds to performance within the jazz genre.