Post Bop/Modern Jazz

In the Current Jazz Ensemble

The In the Current Jazz Ensemble is a new group intended to showcase original compositions for a unique configuration of instrumentalists. The ensemble was first formed to perform a suite written by Mike Downes as part of his master’s thesis in composition at York University. The group generated much interest in its mere two public performances. With the help of a Toronto Arts Council grant, Mike recently composed new material and is eager to present the group as a professional entity.

Mike Downes (bass/composer/leader)
Colleen Allen (woodwinds)
Kelly Jefferson (saxes)

Justin Gray

Justin Gray is a rising star acoustic and electric bass player, composer and band leader in the international music scene. His main influences include jazz, North Indian classical and contemporary music.

Nick Fraser

Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. He has worked with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J.

5 After 4

From 5 After 4 comes six. This highly-acclaimed veteran Toronto contemporary jazz combo makes a welcome return to recording with a sixth album that showcases the sound of four guys playing at the top of their game. The happy outcome is Rome In A Day, scheduled for release on prestigious independent label ALMA Records on June 28 in Canada and August in the US and worldwide.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute Quartet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

Alexander Brown Quintet

In 1997, Alexander received his Master’s degree in Classical Music at
the Instituto Superior de Artes, one of Cuba’s foremost prestigious
institutions. He continued at the same institution as a trumpet teacher
until 2005.

In 2004 motivated by new musical ideas Alexander formed his own
quartet where he experimented mixing Cuban rhythms with jazz
styles. At the same time he was invited to play with saxophonist Dave
Murray to record Murray’s CD “Now is Another Time”, exposing
Cuban artists to audiences across the globe. He also recorded on

Ingrid Jensen

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, Canada, Ingrid Jensen headed east after receiving a number of scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since graduating in 1989, her life has contained a whirlwind of musical activities. From her early days playing in the subways of New York, to establishing herself as a leader and soloist in a wide array of musical genres, Ingrid has made her mark. Her three CD's for the ENJA label and her latest CD, At Sea, won her nominations from the Canadian Juno Awards, including an award in 1995 for Vernal Fields.

Alex Samaras

Toronto vocalist Alex Samaras, one of Canada's leading jazz vocalists, is as visceral as he is versatile. Whether singing standards, wayward covers, art song, or his own compositions, his performances are totally embodied and brimming with disarming candour - he is known as a "singer's singer" within the Toronto community.

David Occhipinti

Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has four CD’s featuring his own compositions: David Occhipinti (1997) and Syzygy (1999) and Intersection (2003) and Forty Revolutions (2007) which was nominated for a Juno award. David has two duo CD’s with Mike Murley, Duologue (2002), and Duologue Vol. 2 (2005). Their first CD was nominated for a Juno Award.


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