DONNYBROOK

 

Donnybrook is an original, modern soul jazz and straight ahead co-led organ trio from
Toronto, Canada. The trio concentrates on a mix of historic repertoire and original music
in the tradition of the great Hammond organ trios of the 1960s. Guitarist Ben Bishop,
organist Jeff McLeod, and drummer Morgan Childs joined forces in 2015 with a mutual
interest in the classic sounds of the records of Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Grant Green,
and Dr. Lonnie Smith, as well as modern organ groups like Mike LeDonne’s Groover
Quartet and the Larry Goldings Trio, with a goal to develop a unique identity and sound
in that tradition. Four years later, the band has appeared across Canada at prominent jazz
venues including The Yardbird Suite, Buckingjam Palace, The Bassment Jazz Club, The
Rex Hotel, The Burdock Room, and 3030 Dundas, as well as at the Markham Jazz
Festival, Brampton World of Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, and the
Haliburton Forest Festival. Special guests with the trio have included prominent
international jazz and blues artists like Chris Gale (Colin James, Blue Rodeo), David

French (Broken Social Scene), Alison Young (2018 Juno nominee) and Ian Hendrickson-
Smith (The Roots, Tonight Show, Dap Kings). Donnybrook’s debut release “Live at the Bassment” was released in 2019, and is available now exclusively on bandcamp.


Band Members


Ben Bishop – Guitar
Jeff McLeod – Organ
Morgan Childs – Drums

Ben Bishop, Guitar
Guitarist Ben Bishop is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, and studied jazz at Grant
MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, then Humber College in Toronto, and
finally at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where he earned Masters and
Doctorate Degrees in Music. Bishop has studied privately with Mike Rud, Bob Sneider,
and Peter Bernstein, and lived in New York City for a year between his Masters and
DMA programs at Eastman. He has resided in Toronto since 2016, where he has become
a fixture on the jazz scene, admired for his vintage tone and encyclopedic knowledge of
jazz recordings. Bishop is known for a freewheeling bebop guitar style reminiscent of
master guitarists of the 50s and 60s like Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith, Wes
Montgomery, and Barney Kessel. His sensitive accompaniment and lush, dark guitar tone
have been put to good use by a diverse number of leading jazz artists including Bernie
Senensky, Phil Woods, Helen Merrill, Pat LaBarbera, Steve Wallace, Maureen Kennedy,
Mike Murley, and Lucian Gray.

Jeff McLeod, Hammond B3 Organ
Toronto-based pianist, organist, composer, arranger and educator Jeff McLeod holds a
Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Regina, as well as Masters
and Doctorate degrees in jazz from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New
York. At Eastman, McLeod studied piano with renowned pianists and composers Bill
Dobbins and Harold Danko, as well as classical piano with William Moore. He has also
studied organ privately in New York City with the great Hammond organist and pianist
Mike Ledonne. McLeod’s debut recording as a leader on piano and organ, Double
Entendre was nominated for a 2012 Western Canadian Music Award. His second release, Belaney’s Secret, was co-led with Montreal saxophonist Donny Kennedy. As a jazz pianist and organist, McLeod has performed, recorded, and toured with many renowned musicians including Neil Swainson, Kelly Jefferson, Mike Murley, Perry White, Chris
Gale, Nathan Hiltz, Mike Downes, Ted Warren, Alex Dean, and Randy Napoleon.

Morgan Childs, Drums
A native of Invermere, a small town in the Rocky Mountains of western Canada, Morgan
Childs has established himself as a first-call drummer for many leading Canadian and
international jazz artists. Childs has four recordings to his name as a leader, including his
most recent, On The Street of Dreams, which was chosen by the Ottawa Citizen as one of
the top-10 Canadian jazz records of 2016. Childs has toured Canada, the US, Central
America and the UK with Juno-nominated pianist/composer Amanda Tosoff, NYC
bassist Brandi Disterheft, saxophonist Richard Underhill, guitarist Nathan Hiltz,
pianist/vocalist Laila Biali, and pianist Robi Botos. Awards to his credit include three
consecutive CBC Galaxie Rising Star Awards in 2006/07/08 with three different groups,
as well as the 2009 and 2012 Grand Prix du Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival, with the
Amanda Tosoff Quartet and Robi Botos Trio, respectively. Other notable artists Childs
has performed and recorded with include Zach Brock (Snarky Puppy), Phil Dwyer, Ingrid
and Christine Jensen, Ian Hendrickson-Smith (The Roots), Mike Murley, and Pat
Labarbera (Elvin Jones). In 2016, Childs was awarded the Chalmers Prize from the
Ontario arts Council and a Canada Council Study Grant to study privately in New York
City with jazz legends Billy Hart, Kenny Washington, and Jimmy Cobb. The culmination
of his experience results in a distinctive, energetic, and musical approach to the drums
that is steeped in the bebop tradition of his mentors, yet is forward-looking and diverse
enough for the most contemporary of jazz artists. In 2018, Childs travelled to Lviv
Ukraine to perform at the Leopolis Jazz Festival with the Jake Koffman Quartet, as part
of a delegation of Canadian jazz artists sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Kiev.