“Juno award winning musician Jeff King is a Toronto-based saxophonist that performs all over Canada, the U.S., and internationally. Along with running his own band, he has performed and recorded with the likes of Paquito D’Rivera, Paul Shaffer, Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker, Paul Anka, Lonnie Smith, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Jeff Healey, Lorne Lofsky, Hilario Duran, David Braid, Joel Haynes, Keiran Overs, Rich Brown, Alexis Baro, Robi Botos, Archie Alleyne…and pretty much everybody else in the Canadian jazz scene!
Luis Deniz – http://www.myspace.com/luisdeniz
Luis Gonzalez Deniz was born in Camaguey, Cuba on April 21st, 1983. In 1993, Luis started his musical studies at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Luis Casas Romero in his hometown of Camaguey, where he subsequently continued at the Escuela Profesional de Musica Jose White. Luis later moved to the Cuban capital, where he graduated at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica (ENA), the alma mater of several of Cuba’s most prominent musicians.While in Cuba he kept a busy schedule,both teaching saxophone at the National School of Music and playing locally and touring international as well,past dates includes a USA West Coast Tour(Los Angeles,San Francisco,California,2002)and several dates for the Bermuda Jazz Festival(Bermuda Island,2004).
Upon his arrival in Toronto in 2004, Denis has performed/ recorded with some of Toronto and International most outstanding musicians, including Mark Turner,Tony Allen(Fela Kuti’s Drummer) Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, Paquito D Rivera, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Reg Schwager, Dafnis Prieto, Francisco Mela, Barry Romberg, Rich Brown’s Quartet, NOJO, Roberto Occhipinti,Canadian Idol jazz Orchestra,The Art of Jazz Orchestra, Jane Bunnett, among others. Luis is involved in several upcoming projects including the David Virelles Quintet which he co-leads. As a Part of the David Virelles Quintet,he has performed in several major jazz festivals in Canada, winning the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors at the Montreal Jazz Festival 2006,which lead to the recording of an album for the Canadian jazz label based in Montreal , Justin Time,the David Virelles Quintet Released their first album entitled “Motion” and it features New York tenor saxophonist Mark Turner,Tres player Pablosky Rosales,singer songwriter Jose Aquiles and Brazilian/Canada based multi-instrumentalist Celso Machado. He has also shared the stage with international figures such as Barry Harris,Howard Johnson,Ray Vega,Steve Turre,Randy Brecker and Donald Harrison.
Robi Botos – http://www.myspace.com/robibotosmusic
“Born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos (27) began his musical career when he was just a child, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark. Robi’s notable performances include: Concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre. Opening concert for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty, at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. As well in the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky hall in Montreaux Switzerland. Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada’s jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Archie Alleyne, Dougie Richardson, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Jake Langley, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona to name a few.”
Rich Brown -http://www.myspace.com/richbrown35
Rich Brown has been an active member of Toronto’s culturally diverse music scene since 1992. He taught himself to play bass at the age of 17 by listening to artists such as Jaco Pastorius, Victor Bailey, Jimmy Haslip, and Alain Caron. Later, he expanded his vocabulary by drawing on influences outside the bass realm. In a recent interview Brown explains, “I wanted to sing like Stevie, play like Miles, and phrase like Scofield and do it all on this instrument.” Rich is one of the most in demand musicians in Toronto. He is currently a member of the JUNO nominated indo-jazz group autorickshaw and has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world including jazz vocalist Carol Welsman, Jane Siberry, Glenn Lewis, Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman & 5 Elements, James “Blood” Ulmer, Andy Narrell and Bruce Cockburn to name a few. He has appeared in the feature film “Glitter” starring Mariah Carey and the made for TV movie “The Natalie Cole Story” starring Natalie Cole as well as the television series “Soul Food”. Rich is currently at work on a new solo project called rinsethealgorithm and has appeared on over 40 recordings ranging from Jazz to Funk to Latin to traditional Asian and Arabic music. He can currently be seen in a feature interview with the online magazine