Widely respected for his superior brush technique, stellar drummer DON VICKERY has been a vital part of the Toronto jazz scene since arriving in Toronto from Halifax in the late ‘50s. An honors graduate of the famed Oscar Peterson School of Music, he has worked with the world’s leading jazz artists, entertainers, and big bands in recordings, on radio and television shows, touring, and in live performance in hundreds of venues from clubs to concert halls for over five decades.
He is a founding member of the revered Canadian Jazz Quartet, played with Jim Galloway’s ‘Wee Big Band’ for more than 20 years, and was a member of Galloway’s ‘Echoes of Swing’ cruise band for nearly a decade. As a dedicated jazz educator, he was a member of the Percussion Faculty at Humber College for more than four decades.
Although best-known as one of Canada’s finest jazz drummers, Vickery has conducted a successful parallel career in photography for more than 30 years. He was voted “Jazz Photographer of the Year” when the inaugural Award was presented during The National Jazz Awards in 2006, and won the Award again in 2008.
‘Alone Together’, the Don Vickery Trio’s critically acclaimed 2013 CD release
(Cornerstone) was chosen one of JAZZ.FM91’s “Best of 2013” recordings.
This evening’s all-star DON VICKERY TRIO features jazz giants MARK EISENMAN on piano and bassist NEIL SWAINSON, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.