Comprised of five of Canada’s most exciting jazz musicians, Mike Murley’s Quintet has firmly established itself on the Canadian jazz scene for more than two decades. Their 1997 release “Conversation Piece” received both critical and popular acclaim (1997 Jazz Report Award), and their 2004 release “Extra Time” has been called a “compelling demonstration…of [the] group[‘s]…collective consciousness.” Extra Time won the National Jazz Award for album of the year in 2005.
Having played with one another in both this Quintet and a variety of other settings over the years, the interplay between the group’s members is both remarkable and refreshing. They have toured the country extensively, and some of their higher profile concerts include the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, the Glen Gould Theatre in Toronto, and the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
Murley’s compositions form the bulk of the band’s repertoire along with some of the tradition’s greatest composers (Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter) and material from the standard repertoire.
Mike Murley – saxophones
John MacLeod – trumpet, flugelhorn
David Restivo – piano
Jim Vivian – bass
Ted Warren – drums