Donnybrook is an original, modern, soul jazz and straight ahead co-led organ trio from Toronto, Canada. The trio concentrates on a mix of historic repertoire and original music in the tradition of the great Hammond organ trios of the 1960s. Guitarist Ben Bishop, organist Jeff McLeod, and drummer Morgan Childs joined forces in 2015 with a mutual interest in the classic sounds of the records of Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Grant Green, and Dr. Lonnie Smith, as well as modern organ groups like Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet and the Larry Goldings Trio, with a goal to develop a unique identity and sound in that tradition. Six years later, Donnybrook has appeared across Canada at prominent jazz venues including The Yardbird Suite, Buckingjam Palace, The Bassment Jazz Club, The Rex Hotel, The Burdock Room, and 3030 Dundas, as well as at the Markham Jazz Festival, Brampton World of Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, and the Haliburton Forest Festival. Special guests with the trio have included prominent international jazz and blues artists like Chris Gale (Colin James, Blue Rodeo), David French (Broken Social Scene), Alison Young (2018 Juno nominee) and Ian Hendrickson-Smith (The Roots, Amy Winehouse, Tonight Show, Dap Kings). Their debut album, Live at the Basement was released in 2020. 

Jeff McLeod – Hammond Organ 

Jeff McLeod is a well-loved Canadian pianist, Hammond organist and composer that regularly appears at clubs and festivals across Canada and the US, and has appeared on dozens of recordings across the musical spectrum with a special love for jazz, soul, and rock n’ roll, several of which have been nominated for Juno Awards.

Jeff is known for his work with many great jazz groups including the Alison Young Quintet, Hector Quartet with Chris Gale and Ted Quinlan, Stubblejumpers with Ted Warren and Kelly Jefferson, the Kennedy/McLeod Quartet with Donny Kennedy, the Cuphead Video Game Big Band led by Kris Maddigan and John Herberman, as well as his co-led Organ Trio: Donnybrook with Morgan Childs and Ben Bishop. He also works with many singers, songwriters, and rockers, and is known for his long standing work in the bands of Mike Plume, Jason Plumb, Greg Cockerill, Stuart Laughton’s Radiodial, as well as musical theatre and cabaret legend Judith Lander. He has toured with Serena Ryder and performed with Bo Diddley and the Drifters. He has released three records as a leader/co-leader: Double Entendre, Belaney’s Secret (with Donny Kennedy) and Live at the Bassment (with Donnybrook).

Upcoming Shows

DATE (Online): September 17th, 2021
DATE (LIVE): September 2nd, 2021
EVENT: HUNGRY 4 HAMMOND Series (2nd annual)
7:00 – 8:30 pm
BAND: Donnybrook
PRICE: $15 advance tickets / $19 (day of the show), $9 for Musicians, Arts Workers and students