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Mike Downes Quartet


     The Mike Downes Quartet features four of Canada’s top jazz musicians - Mike Downes (JUNO award winner 2014), Robi Botos (JUNO award winner 2016), Ted Quinlan (JUNO nomination 2003) and Larnell Lewis (Grammy award winner with Snarky Puppy 2017). The group has been performing in various incarnations since the mid-90s. The original quartet toured Canada extensively and released their first album Forces in 1995 to great acclaim. In 2013, Downes released a new trio/quartet album, Ripple Effect, which won a JUNO award in 2014. The group continues to create music that is contemporary with a great respect for the jazz tradition. Their latest recording Root Structure (release date Sept. 29, 2017) explores lyrical compositions with a deep underlying structural integrity.

“As gifted a composer as he is a bassist." - Chris Kosky,International Society of Bassists

"Ripple Effect is a beautifully layered textural conversation with a trio performing as one harmonic train of thought... The technique and interplay between Downes and pianist Robi Botos is remarkable as their own lyrical visions become intertwined within each piece." Brent Black, Bop-N-Jazz

“The four men share common musical tastes and, equally important, there is a spirit of camaraderie and a certain indescribable chemistry.” - Nick Miliokas, the Leader Post

"Bright musical imaginations at full stretch.” - Geoff Chapman, the Toronto Star



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Mike Downes "Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive...his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary.”  - Kim Richmond, Jazz Player Magazine

"Emotionally direct, profoundly lyrical bass work." - Stuart Broomer, The Whole Note

      Canadian bassist, composer, arranger, educator and JUNO award-winner Mike Downes has performed with a veritable who’s who of Canadian and international jazz artists, including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Molly Johnson, Pat Labarbera, Don Thompson and many others. His extensive discography includes recordings as a leader and sideman, many of which have been nominated for or won JUNO awards. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto.

      Robi Botos has performed with Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Michael & Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Molly Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Nikki Yanofsky, Jackie Richardson, Joey DeFrancesco and many more. He has won numerous awards including first prize in the International Montreux Jazz Festival's solo piano competition in 2004 and a JUNO award in 2016.

     Ted Quinlan is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco. His recording credits are numerous, and he is the long-time Guitar Department Head at Humber College.

    Larnell Lewis is a Toronto born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. Lewis has garnered international status with his most recent works with the two-time Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy. He was featured in the September 2015 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine (USA), as well as the cover story of Music Etc/Drums Etc, As well as being a featured artist/clinician worldwide, he has performed with artists ranging from Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, David Crosby, Benny Golson and Molly Johnson. 

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 Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble





 “As gifted a composer as he is a bassist."- Chris Kosky, International Society of Bassists

 "In it (the "In the Current" suite), Downes shows a keen ear for melody and phrasing, as he does elsewhere, and his charts are contemporary in the best sense of the word  - Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

 Listed in Top Canadian Jazz CDs of 2013  - Peter Hum,Ottawa Citizen       


The Parallel Streams Ensemble is an 11-piece jazz group featuring some of the top musicians in Toronto. Led by Juno award winner Mike Downes, the group showcases his melodic compositional approach that takes full advantage of the textural possibilities of the ensemble. Drawing inspiration from "third stream" music, in which Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Gunther Schuller and others fused elements of Western art music with jazz in the 1950s, Mike is moving into 2014 with music that "emanates from all the experiences in my life and from the many tributaries that have converged into the collective stream of music" In the Current was releasedon Addo Records in early 2014.

Mike Downes bass, conductor, Colleen Allen alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, Kelly Jefferson tenor and soprano saxophones, Shirantha Beddage baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, Jonathan Challoner trumpet and flugelhorn, James MacDonald F/Bb horn, descant horn, Kelsley Grant trombone, N. Jay Burr tuba, Brian Dickinson piano and keyboard, Ted Quinlan guitar, Mark Kelso drums and percussion.



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