Classic Rex Jazz Jam – Hosted by Johnny Griffith & RJ Satchithananthan

Johnny Griffith bio:

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and raised in Toronto, Johnny has been a force on the Canadian music scene for the past decade. He has proven to be as versatile as he is talented, adept in a diverse range of styles, from mainstream and contemporary jazz, latin and pop, to hip hop. Johnny has toured extensively across Canada, the United State and Europe and has performed at all the major Canadian jazz and music festivals as well as many international festivals, including the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In 2006 Johnny received a JUNO nomination for his work with EMI/Blue Note recording artists The Pocket Dwellers. With The Pocket Dwellers, Johnny has shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Charlie Hunter, The Wailers, The Roots, Wide Mouth Mason, Sloan, Treble Charger, Fishbone, Kardinal Offishal, Rahzell and Prozac.

RJ Satchithananthan bio:

I am a 24 year old trombonist living in Toronto. I graduated from the University of Toronto’s Jazz studies program in 2005. I’ve been gigging around town for the last little while playing with a few groups…most regularly I’ve been working as a sideman with:KC Roberts and The Raw Blue (Funk)Jason Wilson and Tabarruk (Reggae)The Jonah Cristall Clarke Nonet (Jazz)Sophia Perlman and the Vipers (Classic Jazz)The Ryan Oliver Sextet (‘Blue Note’ era Jazz)The Toronto Jazz Orchestra (Big Band)I am also busy as a session musician in a variety of settings, I’ve been fortunate enough to have recorded with The Pocket Dwellers, Pilate, the Golden Dogs and the Quartertones just to name a few…Lately I’ve also been involved in a couple of original projects as well…First off there is the Trevor Giancola Quartet with Fabio Ragnelli, Trevor Giancola and Devon Henderson. I’m also really excited about a new R&B project I’ve started with some friends called ‘MINT’. This band features Mark Pellizzer, Maxwell Roach (not that one!), Anthony Lavdanski, Jared Greeve and the one and only MAYA Chilton on Vocals.