Ally Fiola is a film composer and saxophonist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently completing a debut jazz album that will be released in late June 2018; this was made possible by being the recipient of the 2017 Dream Hughie Award.
Ally went to Dalhousie University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music performance in saxophone as well as a B.Sc in Psychology. In addition to the saxophone, Ally also plays flute, clarinet, and sings.
She currently leads a jazz quintet called "The Next Quest", a jazz combo which performs her original music and arrangements inspired by hard bop, brass band and the blues. Ally is heavily influenced by the sounds of Cannonball Adderley, Hank Mobley, and Gerry Mulligan, as well as by the works of Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, and Kenny Wheeler. Most recently Ally has become quite interested in the New Orleans scene and trad jazz, experimenting with the sounds of brass band.
Ally has performed in 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 Tuesday Night Big Band, performed and recorded with Unidentified Funk Object (East Coast Music Award Nominee 2017), and has 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.