Ally Fiola is a Halifax based saxophonist, composer and arranger, with a recent pursuance in film composition. She currently leads a jazz quintet called "The Next Quest", which includes Ally on alto, bari and vocals, Dan Corbett on trombone, Addison Sowery-Quinn on tuba, Ross Avey on guitar, and Tom Cuming on drums. Ally is heavily influenced by the sounds of Cannonball Adderley, David Sanborn, Hank Mobley, and Gerry Mulligan, as well as by the works of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Pat Metheny, and Kenny Wheeler.
She went to Dalhousie University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music performance in saxophone as well as a B.Sc in Psychology. She received a versatile education under the direction of jazz saxophonist, Chris Mitchell. In addition to the saxophone, Ally also plays flute, clarinet, and sings.
Ally has performed in various venues across the Maritimes as a freelance musician, and throughout Canada with the Canadian Forces as a member of the 36 CBG Band in Halifax, NS. She has been a sideman/subbed in successful groups such as Salty Dawgs Brass Band, Bluesmobile, Scott n' the Rocks, the Vesuvius Big Band (Halifax Music Co-op), performed and recorded with Unidentified Funk Object (East Coast Music Award Nominee 2017), and has most recently 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.