Justin Gray

Justin Gray is an up and coming Accoustic and Electric Bass Player. Composer and Band Leader in the International music scene. His main influences include Jazz, North Indian Classical, Funk/ R&B, Contemporary and World Music.  Justin graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance from Humber College in 2008.  He also recently attended the 2008 Creative Music Workshop at the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, run by Dave Douglas. There he worked with Dave Douglas, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, Ingrid Jensen, The Bad Plus and Rudresh Mahanthappa.  Justin also attended the 2008 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where he worked with some of top students and from around the world.  Justin has played with and worked with a number of top level artists like Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Cutis Fuller, Ingrid Jensen, Seamus Blake, Dan Weiss, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Greg Osby, Shantanu Bhattacharrya, Henry Hay, Quinsin Nachoff, Ravi Naimpally, George Koller, Chitraveena Ravikiran.  Justin is currently studying full time with North Indian Classical music with world-renowned Indian Classical vocalist, Shantanu Bhattacharrya.  Justin’s previous studies have been privately with musicians from around the world, including; Ben Street, Thomas Morgan, Rich Brown, Chris Gartner, Chris Tarry, Pat Kilbirde, Ravi Naimpally, Victor Wooten (attended the Bass at the Beach workshop) and world renowned South Indian percussionist Prof. Trichy Shankaran.  Justin is currently the bandleader for two well-established groups in the international music scene. Monsoon is an Indo-Jazz ensemble co-led by Justin. Monsoon features original compositions by the members that are blending North Indian Classical Music with Jazz.  He also composes and performs with his own group, The Justin Gray project, where the focus is on groove and modern jazz elements. These groups feature Justin’s original compositions and have been featured in many Jazz festivals and feature concerts across Canada.