Al Henderson Quintet

Pat LaBarbera-SaxAlex Dean-SaxRichard Whiteman-PianoAl Henderson-BassBarry Romberg



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

Asa composer, he has created a large and distinctive body of originalcompositions – pieces which form the bulk of the repertoire of both theAl Henderson Quintet and Time Warp. In the last few years, people havestarted to take notice: he has been called “…one of the best writersof jazz music around in Canada,” by Ted O’Reilly (The Jazz Scene) andin 1995 was both the Jazz Report Composer of the Year and winner of theprestigious SOCAN Award for Original Jazz Composition for the largework “Ellingtonia”. His compositions have appeared on recordings by theAl Henderson Quintet, Time Warp, the Al Henderson Quartet, Alex Dean,Don Pullen & Jane Bunnett, Shox Johnson & the Jive Bombers andRichard Whiteman.




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

 In1998, the band became a quintet with the addition of theinternationally renowned saxophonist PAT LaBARBERA (saxes, flute) tocreate (with Alex Dean) the uniquely versatile and powerful front linefeatured on the recording Urban Landscape.Geoff Chapman described the band’s live performances as”…consistently stimulating…a healthy mix of drive and fascinatingadventures…” (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 MontrealBistro 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.”(

 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.