Winner of the Jazz Report Award "Jazz Musician of the Year" for both 1993 and 1994, and "Drummer of the Year" for 1994, 1995 and 1996, drummer-composer Barry Elmes has been a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene since the early 1980's. Born in Galt, Ontario, Barry studied at both Waterloo and York Universities.
Since moving to Toronto in 1973
he has performed and recorded with, among others, Tommy Flanagan,
Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Don Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie and
the Moe Koffman Quintet, as well as co-leading the group Time
Warp since its inception. His compositions have been recorded
by several artists, including: Don Thompson, The Shuffle Demons,
and Moe Koffman.
In 1990, he formed his own quintet,
an all-star band featuring the cream of Canadian jazz talent:
Ed Bickert, Mike Murley, Kevin Turcotte, and Steve Wallace. It
is no surprise that Barry and three of these artists were selected
to be part of the first jazz band to appear on the Juno Awards
national television broadcast in 1993.
Barry's first recording with
this band, "Climbing",featured his own compositions
and received a Juno nomination for best jazz album. Following
a cross-Canada tour in 1993, Elmes recorded a second CD: "East
- West". In January, 1995, the quintet completed another
highly successful national tour. A third CD is planned for 1997.
In addition to leading his own quintet, Barry continues to co-lead Time Warp, and records and tours throughout the world with several other artists. In 1994 he was featured with the Oliver Jones Trio on the Governor-General's tour of China, Japan and Korea. In 1996 he performed in Brazil with the Ed Bickert Quartet and toured South Africa with the Canadian Jazz Giants (which included Ranee Lee and Dave Young).
Barry also finds time to teach
in the Jazz Departments of both the University of Toronto and
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is one of the most influential guitarists in jazz, an internationally
acclaimed artist whose playing has been well documented on both
his own recordings (one a Juno Award Winner) on Concord Records
(as leader and sideman), and those of the Boss Brass, Paul Desmond,
Moe Koffman, Lorne Lofsky, and many others. In addition to his
regular role in the Barry Elmes Quintet, Ed is featured in a trio
setting at some point in each of the group's performances.
began his professional career in the late 1970's as bassist for
such artists as Zoot Sims, Pepper Adams and a host of other American
and Canadian artists appearing in Toronto. Since then, Steve has
been a Concord Records recording artist, involved in tours of
the Soviet Union, Europe, and Japan. He played with Rob McConnell's
Boss Brass from 1983 until recently and has toured Europe with
the Oscar Peterson Trio. Currently he freelances.
(tenor) has quietly become "one of the pacesetters for his
generation in this country". (Mark Miller, The Globe and
Mail). He has performed and recorded with a number of artists,
including Time Warp, Brian Dickinson, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie,
and his own quartet. In 1991, Mike's quartet won a Juno award
for the Best Jazz Recording for the album "Two Sides".
His most recent release is "Conversation Piece" (Cornerstone
(trumpet/flugelhorn) has quickly gained recognition in Canada
as a major talent on trumpet, winning the Jazz Report Award for
Trumpeter of the Year in both 1993 and 1994. He performs with
and is featured on recordings by such groups as Time Warp, The
Kieran Overs Quartet, Hemispheres, Bill King's Jazz Report All-Stars,
Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra and Rob McConnell's Boss Brass.