Ernie performed his first professional gigs at age 16 and has since toured Europe, India, Egypt, Kapuskasing, U.S.A., Argentina, Mexico and Canada playing jazz sax, Indian Bansuri flute and the Middle Eastern ney flute. His last album, Cairo to Toronto, was nominated for a JUNO Award.
With influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Wes Montgomery, Nic Ladouceur's trio "Niiic" is a no-nonsense band that speaks to people. With both modern sensitivities and an appreciation for the best music of the past, their instrumental performances are both captivating and inspiring for audiences.
Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth has been an active composer, bandleader, performer and educator in the national and international jazz communities, since his graduation from York University in 1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship. After two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City (1993 and 1997), Artie returned to Toronto establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto. As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet and Kollage.
18-year old jazz pianist Quincy Bullen follows in the footsteps of his Juno award winning father, Eddie Bullen. Quincy has become an experienced, adept keyboardist who puts a charming spin on all his performances. Extraordinarily talented, with a great sense of timing, Quincy ‘wows’ audiences across Ontario and the Caribbean. His style is jazz with a funky vibe. His repertoire includes his own version of popular standards from jazz, R&B and soul as well as his original compositions.
One of the hottest young "lions" playing in Toronto today. His vocals and re-workings of standard jazz and current sounds make him someone not to miss. Known primarily as a jazz instrumentalist, more recently Rob Christian has been exploring other musical genres as a singer and songwriter. His own modern urban style has emerged as fusions of jazz, r&b and soul, in addition to his highly respected saxophone playing.
Taylor is a 22-year old saxophone player who recently completed the Jazz Performance Program on saxophone, flute and clarinet at the University of Toronto. Originally from Penticton, BC, Taylor now lives in Toronto.