With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to The Carpenters, THE WORST POP BAND EVER combines their love of improvisational jazz with modern pop influences. Since 2006, the WPBE has been entertaining audiences at festivals and packed clubs throughout North America, from IAJE to NXNE, from St. John’s to Seattle, New York to Vancouver. They just returned from a very successful tour of Taiwan in March.
Despite their name, the band features two Juno winners and the host of “Jazz is What?” on JAZZ.FM91. Saxophonist CHRIS GALE, DREW BIRSTON (bass), ADREAN FARRUGIA (piano) and drummer TIM SHIA have worked with a who’s who of the Canadian music scene including Richard Underhill, Brandi Disterheft, Amanda Martinez, Rebecca Hennessy, Sultans of String, Matt Dusk, Quique Escamilla, Alison Au, and Mike Downes.
They’ve been called “highlights of the (TD Toronto Jazz) Festival” (tojazz.com); showcased by Canadian Musician Magazine; and had their music used for film and television for CBC, the National Film Board, and even Disney. They are excited to return to the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill tonight with brand new music, some standards, and special guest MATT NEWTON on piano.
“The Worst Pop Band Ever is the total package –- great compositions, unique covers, and standup-worthy comedic banter…” (Mike Deicont, tojazz.com)
“The music’s fresh; may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded, and reworked…” (Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star)