Michael Herring bio :
Michael Herring is a double-bassist, composer and arranger based in Toronto. His focus is on jazz, both modern and traditional, although he also performs and writes in a variety of genres, including folk, world, and pop/rock. He has a strong sound and musical personality, and thrives in open and improvised settings. Herring leads and co-leads a number of groups which focus on original music of which he is a major contributor.
Herring grew up in Victoria, B.C., then moved to Toronto, where he studied with Canadian Jazz greats David Young and Don Thompson at the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program. He has been invited to attend the Banff International Jazz Workshop twice (2000, 2003) and lived in New York (2004). He has also studied with Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Dave Douglas, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Joey Baron, Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Johannes Weidenmueller, James Genus, and Mark Turner, as well as with world-renowned bassists Rufus Reid and Ray Brown.
He has shared the stage with such great musicians as David Binney, Bernie Senensky, Ab Baars (ICP/Amsterdam), Ken Vandermark, Jah Youssouf (Mali, Africa), Mansa Sissoko (Mali, Africa), David Braid, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Clark, P.J. Perry, Stich Wynston, Tannis Slimmon, Nick ‘The Brownman’ Ali, William Carn, Laila Biali, Jason Wilson and Tabarruk (reggae, with jazz influences), Norman Marshall-Villeneuve, Mike Murley, Percy Sledge, Ernest Ranglin, and Brinsely Forde (Aswad). Besides playing and touring in Canada, he has toured with his own band in Korea, and with various ensembles in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. Michael’s compositions and arrangements have been featured in the repertoires of many ensembles, including Jason Wilson & Tabarruk, The Nick Ali Trio, the Bokker Buckle Band, and the Don Scott Quartet, and he wrote the soundtrack to the short film In Harms’s Way.