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 York University.


"Climbing" - Unity 122CD

"East - West" - Cornerstone CRST CD102


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Ed Bickert 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.

Steve Wallace 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.

Mike Murley (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 CRST CD106).

Kevin Turcotte (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.