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Root Structure

2018 JUNO Award winner for 

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo



"5/5 - This album is as close to perfect as it is possible to get and fully warrants its rating here. Buy it!" "Alan Musson, UK Vibe

                        “One of the most intriguing and innovative small group jazz recordings of the year” Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, theWholeNote

"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

Latest news

My group with Robi Botos - keyboards, Ted Quinlan - guitars, Larnell Lewis - drums and me on bass is preparing for a new recording to follow up our 2018 JUNO win for Root Structure. Our next show is Nov. 30 at Gallery 345 in Toronto.



Ripple Effect, winner of the Traditional Jazz Album of the Year Juno Award in 2014, is available on itunes and at!

Mike Downes - bass, Robo Botos - piano, Ethan Ardelli - drums and special guest Ted Quinlan - guitar.

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