An engaging, lyrical saxophonist, multiple Juno Award honoree MIKE MURLEY is one of Canada’s most revered jazz artists.
He has played on 14 Juno Award-winning recordings since 1990, seven as a leader or co-leader, seven as a sideman. His most recent Junos include The North (2018), Metalwood’s Twenty (2017), and The Mike Murley Trio’s Test of Time (2013). Currently active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, Murley also maintains a busy schedule as both a sideman and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Jazz Program.
Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981, Murley has enjoyed a career that has spanned a wide stylistic spectrum. Recordings with legendary Canadian artists such as Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and Rob McConnell showcase the saxophonist’s talents in the mainstream standard repertoire. On the more contemporary side, Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid and guitarist David Occhipinti.
He is also well known for his work with the three-time Juno Award winning electric jazz group Metalwood. In addition, he has recorded and performed with numerous other Canadian and international artists including John Abercrombie, David Liebman, Paul Bley, John Schofield, and Kenny Wheeler.
This evening’s all-star MIKE MURLEY TRIO features jazz giants REG SCHWAGER on guitar and STEVE WALLACE on bass entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.