In high school I discovered jazz and joined a latin/jazz band called Los Guapachosos. Since then I've earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in jazz performance at McGill and have had the chance to play with some amazing musicians including Pat Labarbera, Doug Riley, and Phil Woods.
In 2006, I released my first album, OPEN, which was recorded by Andre White in Montreal. I composed all of the music for the CD and was lucky enough to record with some of Canada's great young jazz musicians including Vanessa Rodrigues, Miles Perkin, Rich Knox, and Paul Nedzela. OPEN won Music PEI awards for Jazz Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year. It was also nominated for an ECMA.
Since moving back to the Island, I've done session work for Teresa Doyle, John Connolly, Meaghan Blanchard, Glen Strickey and many others. This work has resulted in over a dozen Music PEI awards and four ECMA nominations. In 2009, I was honored to be chosen as the first ever "Doug Riley Artist" at the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival. Recent performance highlights have included concerts with the PEI Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, being the house guitarist for the 2011 ECMA industry awards, as well as performing for Prince William and his wife, Catherine.
Currently, I live in Charlottetown with my wife and two daughters. I teach guitar at the University of PEI and gig as much as my schedule allows. With the assistance of the PEI Council of the Arts, I have just released a new trio record called PLAYBOOK (available on cdbaby and iTunes). This CD contains some of my favorite pop tunes as well as a few standards and originals, all arranged for guitar trio. Check it out on soundcloud!
ps. Jazz musicians are notorious for name-dropping; apparently I'm no exception. Here's a partial list of artists I've played or recorded with: