Bio

I was born in Montreal in 1980, but spent all of my childhood on Prince Edward Island. The first music I can remember listening to was the Beatles red and blue compilations which I still love. When I was about seven, my parents signed me up for piano lessons. I was a mediocre student and a dismal sight reader, but I loved tinkering away at the piano for hours. When I was eleven my older brother Andrew took up the guitar. He had a twelve string acoustic, but desperately wanted an electric. My parents wanted to make sure he'd stick with the instrument before they got him a second guitar. Andrew, however, had a plan. He convinced me to ask for an electric for Christmas. I had no idea how to play or even whether I wanted to play, but I went along with it. From the moment we went to pick out my first guitar, I fell in love with the instrument. 
 
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!
 
Cheers,
 

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:
 Pat Labarbera Kevin Dean Doug Riley Phil Woods
 David Briad Terry Clark Mike Murley Joel Miller
 Christine Jensen Alex Dean Joe Sullivan Big Band Kieran Overs
 Julia Dollison Chris Mitchell Harris Bros. Horns Sonny Caulfield
 David Restivo Vanessa Rodrigues Ben Riley Doris Mason
  Meaghan Blanchard Teresa Doyle John Connolly
 Ross Macdonald                                                 Rich Knox Paul Nedzela Chas Guay
 Glen Strickey Alan Dowling Deryl Gallant Paul Vienneau
 Stephane Bouchard Wayne Dunsford Sean Ferris Elephant Rock
 Rowan Fitzgerald Miles Perkin Gord Foote Chris McCann
 
 
 

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