Faculty Concert Series: Barry Elmes Quintet

February 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Buildiing, York University
83 York Boulevard Toronto
Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Celebrated jazz percussionist, composer and bandleader Barry Elmes, area coordinator for jazz in the Department of Music, steps into the spotlight for the third performance in the 2015-2016 Faculty Concert Series.

Acclaimed as “an imaginative improviser and a mature composer” (The Ottawa Citizen) who epitomizes “contemporary jazz at its best” (The Toronto Star), Elmes has been a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene since the early 1980s.

Barry Elmes

Barry Elmes. Photo by Tracey Nolan

Professor Elmes leads a group of friends and colleagues in this showcase concert. The playlist will feature recent compositions and music from all five of the quintet’s CDs.

Barry Elmes – drums
Mike Murley – saxophone
Reg Schwager – guitar
Kevin Turcotte – trumpet
Steve Wallace – bass


Barry Elmes is an internationally-recognized performer and composer whose work has been documented on over 90 jazz CDs. He has appeared and/or recorded with many renowned jazz artists including: Tommy Flanagan, Hank Crawford, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, Dizzy Gillespie and the Moe Koffman Quintet. In 1991 he formed the Barry Elmes Quintet, featuring a “who’s who” of the best in Canadian jazz. A success from the beginning, the group has released five notable recordings. The first, the critically acclaimed Climbing, featured Elmes’ own compositions and was nominated for for a Juno for Best Jazz Recording, and the CD The Five Minute Warning received an Indie Award nomination for Best Jazz Recording. The Barry Elmes Quintet won Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year at the 2002 National Jazz Awards. Redshift, released in 2011, showcased new compositions performed by the quintet with guests Kelly Jefferson and Vanessa Rodrigues.

Elmes has performed all over the world. He represented Canada at the 1992 Venezuela International Jazz Festival with the quartet Time Warp. In 1994 he was featured with the Oliver Jones Trio on the Governor-General’s Tour of China, Japan and Korea, and in 1996 he performed in Brazil and toured South Africa with the Canadian Jazz Giants.  The Barry Elmes Quintet toured Chile in 2000, and in 2012 celebrated its 20th anniversary with a Canadian tour.

In addition to his own group, Elmes co-leads the jazz quartet Time Warp and presides over Cornerstone Records Inc., an artist-owned label and publishing company dedicated to presenting recordings by Canadian jazz artists.

Mike Murley, a graduate of York’s jazz studies program, is one of Canada’s best-known saxophonists. He is active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, as well as a sideman and jazz educator. He has performed with a host of leading artists including Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Jack McDuff, Doctor John and John Abercrombie plus many others. Honoured eight times as Saxophonist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards/National Jazz Awards, Murley has also won two Juno Awards with his own trio and has played on numerous other Juno-winning recordings.

REG SCHWAGER is one of Canada’s leading jazz guitarists. Artists he has performed with include Mel Tormé, Pepper Adams, Hank Jones, Jimmy McGriff, Diana Krall, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard and Oliver Jones. Career highlights include television, concert and club performances in the US, Japan and the Bahamas with master jazz pianist George Shearing. He appears on over 80 recordings and has written hundreds of jazz compositions. His arrangements have been recorded by several groups, including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra and Mike Murley.

KEVIN TURCOTTE is widely regarded as a virtuoso performer and was named Jazz Trumpeter of the Year multiple times by the Jazz Report. He has performed on over 50 recordings, and has toured widely in North America, South America, Italy and Russia. He was a member of the Boss Brass and has appeared with Time Warp, the Jean Martin Trio, Hemispheres New Music Ensemble, Andrew Downing’s Attention Span, and many other ensembles. He teaches jazz performance at York University.

STEVE WALLACE launched his professional career playing bass for such artists as Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Pepper Adams, Herb Ellis, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and many other American and Canadian jazz greats. He toured internationally as a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1988-89) and with Harry “Sweets” Edison, Fraser MacPherson, the Woody Herman All-Stars, and the Concord All-Stars. He played with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass for a decade, and now maintains a busy schedule as a free-lance jazz bassist.

Admission: $15 | $10 for students & seniors.

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