Gray Matter "Footsteps" CD Release Tour


MARCH 11: GUELPH, ON – Manhattan's Jazz Club * 8 PM
MARCH 12: WAKEFIELD, QC – Black Sheep Inn * 8:30 PM

MARCH 13: MONTREAL, QC – Diese Onze 8:30 PM

MARCH 14: KANATA, ON – Brookstreet Hotel * 8 PM
MARCH 15: KINGSTON, ON – Live @ Your Library presented w/ the Kingston Jazz Society 2 PM
MARCH 17: LONDON, ON – Western University 5 PM
MARCH 18: TORONTO, ON – Humber College NOON
MARCH 18: MARKHAM, ON – Long & McQuade  7 PM
MARCH 19: TORONTO, ON - The Rex Hotel 9:30 PM
MARCH 20: TORONTO, ON – The Rex Hotel 9:30 PM
MARCH 21: WATERLOO, ON – The Jazz Room 8:30 PM  --
Ingrid Jensen – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Eli Bennett – Tenor Sax
Todd Pentney - Hammond B3/Piano
Justin Gray - Upright/Electric Bass
Derek Gray - Drums/Percussion
Jill Harris - Vocals

Monsoon "Mandala" CD Release

Sending out my deepest gratitude for the release of Monsoon-Music’s Mandala. Saturday night was hugely success by every account – such a joy to share the music with everyone in that beautiful space. If you couldn’t be there, Mike Fisher & his team are working on a few videos (photo credit also goes to them) – more on that later…

If you’d like to grab a hard copy, shoot me an email ( - we can throw it in the mail if you live further abroad. Or download online:

Also, I was happy to read Rez Abbasi’s quote about the album:

     “Upon first listening to Mandala, it’s evident that all the members of Monsoon have devoted themselves to the crossing of jazz with Indian classical music. One cannot play or compose this kind of music without serious devotion to each genre. I admire the members for their contributions to this ever expanding hybrid and I’m sure audiences will be moved by the group’s musical approach the same way I have been.”

Rez Abbasi – New York


For more info:

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2nd Annual Concert for Suyun

Two years ago, alto saxophonist Suyun Kim passed away in his sleep at the age of 29. In his passing, the Toronto music community lost a kind spirit and a beautiful musician. On Wednesday, November 26th at The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, the second annual "Concert for Suyun" will be a celebration of his life.

From Seoul, Korea, Suyun was completing his fourth-year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Humber College. The lead alto saxophonist with the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble, he was also a highly in demand soprano saxophonist and flutist.

In the fall of 2012, the Suyun Kim + Byunggul Jung Quintet recorded their debut CD, "New Place to Be". Featuring the compositions of Suyun and Byunggul, the recording was completed in November 2013. After Suyun's passing, recording engineer Nathan Carter-Moore ( volunteered to mix and master the recordings at no cost. Two years after his passing, the Quintet is pleased to share the music from "New Place To Be" at the Rex.

The Quintet features:
Pat Labarbera - Tenor/Soprano Saxophone
Jeff LaRochelle - Alto/Tenor Saxophone
Brian Dickinson - Piano
Soren Nissen - Bass
Derek Gray - Drums
Special guests: Andrew McAnsh - Trumpet & Composition
& Jesse Ryan - Alto Sax (2014 Recipient of the Suyun Kim Memorial Scholarship at Humber College)

A portion of the contributions from the concert/CD sales will be donated to Humber College's Suyun Kim Memorial Scholarship.

"New Place To Be" on iTunes:

For more info: please visit: OR Facebook


Three things "Georgian Bay" ...

First of all, many thanks to Joëlle Westman and Kelly Lefaive for joining Live and Interactive last month - our most successful this year! The next one is coming up: Sun, Nov. 23rd at 9 pm featuring Ventanas.
Second, if you haven't yet checked out their recent release, Horizons - here's the link: 
Finally, here's a recent video shoot for TFO's BRBR - "Les Mots". Yours truly on drums. Bonne fin de semaine à tous!


Monsoon "Mandala" CD Release + Kickstarter

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