Morgan Childs — Drums
Tim Hamel — Trumpet
Ryan Oliver — Sax
Richard Whiteman — Piano
Alex Coleman — Bass
Morgan Childs: A recent transplant to Toronto from Vancouver, drummer Morgan Childs’ endless exuberance creates an exciting experience on the bandstand. A widely travelled musician, he has performed across North America with the likes of Mike Murley, Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Mike Allen, Phil Dwyer, Hugh Fraser and more. He has also recently been an artist-in-residence and faculty member of Phil Dwyer’s Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts. Check out Morgan’s CD Time on the Canadian label Cellar Live, you won’t be disappointed!
Tim Hamel: A twenty-plus year veteran of the Toronto jazz scene, the sound of Tim Hamel’s trumpet has graced the stage across North America and beyond. An ability to change up stylistically has created many opportunities for Tim. He has performed across Canada and at the New Orleans Jazz Festival with aboriginal blues artist Derek Miller, recorded the soundtrack for HBO television program ‘Call Me Fitz’, and has made appearances at all the major jazz festivals in Toronto and southern Ontario. Tim’s CD Relapsin’ with the Tim Hamel Quartet is a great bop outing with some of Toronto’s finest.
Ryan Oliver‘s sure-footed and huge tone anchors the front line of The Cookers. Originally from the wilds of Williams Lake, BC, Ryan has plied his trade while living in Amsterdam, New York City and once again in Toronto. He has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Cohn, Vic Juris, Terry Clarke, Phil Dwyer, Gary Williamson, Mischa Mengelberg, Hans Bennink and on and on.His CD Convergence from Art of Life Records was greeted by the press with more-than-favourable reviews from Coda Magazine (Top 10 Jazz CD releases of 2007), All Music Guide (‘…well worth investigating.’), and Ted O’Reilly at Wholenote (‘He has a full-range horn, rich at the bottom and true at the top…’).
Richard Whiteman has been around the Toronto music scene for many years now. His depth of experience is almost immediately apparent when you hear him, and he seems to always have the definitive way to play a tune. Not content with just one instrument, you can also hear Richard around town on bass as well!
Alex Coleman maintains a busy performance and recording schedule in Toronto as one of the citiy’s dynamic young bass players. Alex holds a B.Mus from the University of Toronto and has performed across Canada with artists including P.J. Perry, Terry Clarke, Barry Elmes, Gary Williamson and his uncle and mentor, Pat Coleman. He leads and arranges for Tonight at Noon, an eight piece group that performs the music of bassist and composer Charles Mingus.