Juno Series: Dave Young

The Rex’s Juno Artist Appreciation Series presents Dave Young!

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Dave Young Quintet – September 1st and 2nd

Dave Young, bass

Kevin Turcotte, trumpet

Perry White, baritone sax

Dave Restivo, piano

Terry Clarke, drums

Dave Young Quintet – September 3rd and 4th

Dave Young, bass

Bernie Senensky, piano

Reg Schwager, guitar

Kevin Turcotte, trumpet

Davide DiRenzo, drums


The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet features a who’s who of Canadian jazz musicians assembled for the CD release “Octet Volume One.” The Octet embodies what many have called “The Toronto Sound”: well crafted and uniquely voiced arrangements, a distinctly Canadian musical sensibility, impeccable tuning, flawless execution and world-class solos.

Octet co-leader Dave Young is one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports – named to the Order of Canada in 2007. Whether performing as part of a symphony orchestra, as an integral member of an iconic jazz ensemble (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or as the leader of one of his own dynamic units, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo the way Dave can.

Also at the Octet’s helm is Terry Promane: an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University Toronto, the Director of “The Jazz Camp” at the Interprovincial Music Camp (IMC), and a much in-demand freelance trombonist and tubaist. Terry was an original member of The Rob McConnell Tentet and currently appears with numerous Toronto-based groups, ranging from The Mike Murley Septet to the newly formed Davidson/Carn 9 (D/C 9).


Order of Canada recipient, Dr. Dave Young, is one of Canada’s most celebrated and valued bassists, composers, arrangers, and educators. Originally from Winnipeg, Dave has made his name known on both the Canadian and international stages in both jazz and classical music for the last 5 decades, and along the way has worked with some of the world’s top artists in various fields. Known for his elegant tone, impeccable time, and immense knowledge of musical history, Dave has been a first-call bassist for the likes of Oscar Peterson, Lenny Breau, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, and countless others.

Dave’s career has reached the highest of heights in Canada, as he has not only played the best venues across the country, but has worked with an extensive list of who’s who in this country in terms of players. That list includes such names as Peter Appleyard, Renee Rosnes, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Molly Johnson, and Guido Basso. His extensive career as an educator has also seen him mentor the likes of some of this country’s finest working musicians today, including Brandi Disterheft, Ross MacIntyre, and Robi Botos.

Along with being a Member of The Order of Canada – his country’s highest civilian honour – Dave has countless awards under his belt, including the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) Award for “Outstanding Service to Jazz.” He is a 7x Jazz Report winner, 6x National Jazz Award winner, and in 2017 was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.