194 Queen West, Toronto

Al Henderson Quintet

Pat LaBarbera-Sax Alex Dean-Sax Richard Whiteman-Piano Al Henderson-Bass Barry Romberg 



 Bassist, composer, arranger, leader, jazz educator AL HENDERSON is well known as both leader of his own quintet and co-leader of the influential group Time Warp. Since moving to Toronto in the 1970's, he has performed as a sideman for jazz artists such as Jane Bunnett, Arnett Cobb, Hank Crawford, Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Knepper, Diana Krall, Flip Phillips, John Tchai, and Eddie `Cleanhead' Vinson.

As a composer, he has created a large and distinctive body of original compositions - pieces which form the bulk of the repertoire of both the Al Henderson Quintet and Time Warp. In the last few years, people have started to take notice: he has been called "...one of the best writers of jazz music around in Canada," by Ted O'Reilly (The Jazz Scene) and in 1995 was both the Jazz Report Composer of the Year and winner of the prestigious SOCAN Award for Original Jazz Composition for the large work "Ellingtonia". His compositions have appeared on recordings by the Al Henderson Quintet, Time Warp, the Al Henderson Quartet, Alex Dean, Don Pullen & Jane Bunnett, Shox Johnson & the Jive Bombers and Richard Whiteman.




 The Al Henderson Quartet was formed in 1993 featuring ALEX DEAN (saxes, oboe, flute, bass clarinet), pianist RICHARD WHITEMAN and drummer BARRY ROMBERG. The band's first recording - Dinosaur Dig - was named one of the top three jazz recordings of 1995 by CBC Morningside.

 In 1998, the band became a quintet with the addition of the internationally renowned saxophonist PAT LaBARBERA (saxes, flute) to create (with Alex Dean) the uniquely versatile and powerful front line featured on the recording Urban Landscape. Geoff Chapman described the band's live performances as "...consistently stimulating...a healthy mix of drive and fascinating adventures..." (Toronto Star) while Mark Miller has called the band "...a thinking fan's quintet" (Globe & Mail).

 In October of 2004 Al Henderson released Fathers and Sons, an exciting quintet recording of live performances from the Montreal Bistro in Toronto. Ted O'Reilly wrote: "Henderson works without a net, but you're never in danger of not having a good time..." (Whole Note) while Richard Bourcier stated: "this session has it all." (JazzReview.com)

 For his most recent recording, Regeneration, the quintet has been expanded to a septet adding noted cellists MATT BRUBECK and MARK CHAMBERS. Regeneration is slated for release in late 2009.