Chris Gale

Chris Gale-Sax, AmandaTosoff-Piano, Jon Maharaj-B Morgan Childs-Drums

Since moving to Toronto in 1994, Hamilton born saxophonist Chris Gale has emerged as a versatile and in demand musician working with some of Canada’s finest recording artists. Chris’ diverse career as a side-man has given him the opportunity to record extensively and tour throughout the world. Also, Gale’s talents as a composer and jazz artist can be heard on his debut cd Strays Stays which is an independent project featuring Gale’s sextet.

Recorded at Rogue Studios in Toronto on September 30 and October 1, 2001, Strays Stays captures the expressiveness of Gale’s group in a live setting. There’s a stylish Ellington ensemble sound stirring here, writes Toronto Star jazz critic Geoff Chapman, and the title track is “beautifully done, with lush tenor work”.

Chris has also recorded with many other jazz and blues artists in Toronto including Laura Hubert, Tyler Yarema, Bill King and Richard Underhill’s Juno Award winning cd Tales From the Blue Lounge (see discography). Gale’s diverse musical career has also led to performances with Soca king Lord Nelson, blues guitarist Colin James and country-rock legends Blue Rodeo (as a member of the Bushwhack Horns). Other accomplishments include performances at the Canadian Consulate in Paris, France and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Chris also attended the 2003 Banff International Jazz Workshop where he studied and performed with John Abercrombie, Dave Douglas, Louis Sklavis and Mike Murley.

Chris is regularly performing and recording with several Toronto-basedbands, including: The Worst Pop Band Ever, Brandi Disterheft Quartet(The Mongolian Warlords), Peter Hill Band, Laura Hubert and TylerYarema. In the Summer of 2006 Chris toure