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WRAY DOWNES TRIO
February 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm EST$20
Wray Downes has indeed earned the title of Grand Man of the piano. His career has spanned one-half of a century and his accomplishments & awards are certainly too numerous to recite.
Throughout the 50s & 60s Wray balanced live performances with such respected musical peers as Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Lester Young, with his many responsibilities to the CBC. The 70s & 80s saw Wray Downes performing, recording and touring in the US and Canada including the prestigious Montreal jazz festival, gigs in Los Angeles performing on numerous NBC shows and more intimate club dates, all greatly contributed to the experience and musical sensitivity of this artist. Canada’s love and appreciation of Wray Downes’ enormous talent is apparent in a series of command performances for such distinguished guests as Nelson Mandela, the President of Finland and the then Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney. In the 90s, these events have been combined with a faculty position at Concordia University’s department off Music private studies program, several jazz festivals and steady appearances at both Montreal and Toronto’s major jazz venues.
WRAY DOWNES – piano
ADRIAN VEDADY – bass
JIM DOXAS – drums