Fresh off his 2018 The JUNO Awards win for Jazz Album Of The Year, Mike Downes is undertaking a cross-Canada tour in support of this acclaimed album Root Structure. Joined by Canadian jazz all-stars Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis Ted Quinlan, and special guest Shirantha Beddage, this band arrives in Regina for a performance at Le Bistro (École Monseigneur de Laval) on February 15th, presented by Regina Jazz Society.
“A team that has everything covered. Together, they carry out Downes’ mission of foundational exploration while shedding light on his compositional gifts.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the early 1980s. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Molly Johnson, Oliver Jones, PJ Perry, Lorne Lofsky, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Robi Botos and Pat LaBarbera. He has performed with international artists Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Dave Liebman and many others.