The guitar-bass duo in is one of the most intimate of jazz ensembles. The space and openness of this instrumental pairing allow both musicians a level of freedom not found in larger groups. That freedom makes for some of the most interesting dialogue to be found in the history of jazz.

Ted Quinlan and Mike Downes have enjoyed a long collaboration as a duo. In this concert they will be revisiting and exploring material from several of the most compelling guitar-bass recordings by artists such as Jim Hall and Ron Carter, Ed Bickert and Don Thompson, Lennie Breau and Dave Young, and Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden. As well they will perform tunes from their own repertoire that highlight their unique contribution to this art form. We hope you’ll join us for this in depth conversation between old friends!

Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of Canada’s top guitar players. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD ” As If” received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. It was followed by “Streetscape” which features him in a trio setting and “Around the Bend”, a duo collaboration with piano great Brian Dickinson. His latest recording “Absolutely Dreaming” was released in the fall of 2019.

Ted’s other numerous recording credits include his performances on Mike Downes’ Juno winning CD’s “Ripple Effect” and “Root Structure”, Doug Riley’s “Con Alma”, Radioland Records’ ” Tribute to Wes Montgomery”, Phil Dwyer’s ” Road Stories”, Dave Restivo’s ” Prayer for Humankindness”, Ted Warren’s ” First Time Caller”, David Clayton-Thomas’ “Combo” and “Canadiana”, Nancy Walker’s “New Heiroglyphics” and “ ‘Til Now Is Secret”, Mark Kelso’s “The Chronicles of Fezziwig” and Dan McCarthy’s “City Abstract”. Ted is the former Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College’s Music Program in Toronto.

For more information please visit www.tedquinlan.com

Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a major force in Canada’s music scene since the early 80s. He has had the opportunity to work with a long list of international artists including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, along with many of Canada’s top musicians including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos and Molly Johnson.

He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. His extensive discography as a bassist, composer, arranger and producer includes his own Ripple Effect (2014 JUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and Root Structure (2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo).

Mike is the Bass Department Head/Program Coordinator at Humber College in Toronto and author of The Jazz Bass Line Book and co-author of Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory.

For more information please visit www.mikedownes.com

Past Shows:

DATE: Monday, February 24, 2020
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
EVENT: ‘In Your Own Backyard’ Guitar Series
VENUE: In YOUR own backyard (This event will be Live-streamed)
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