Born: June 20, 1978
Michael Herring is a double-bassist, composer and arranger based in Toronto. His focus is on jazz, although he performs in a variety of genres, including folk, reggae and performance art. He has a strong sound and musical personality, and thrives in open and improvised settings.
Michael Herring's Vertigo, an original jazz sextet comprised of the strongest voices in the next generation of Canadian Jazz and New York’s David Binney on alto saxophone, has just released Coniferous Revenge, featuring eleven of Herring’s original compositions. The album has garnered critical acclaim, including being picked as one of the Top 5 Debut albums of 2006 by All About Jazz New York....
“[a] Toronto bassplayer with a penchant for contemporary grooves, colours and energy… cutting-edge but accessible sounds inspired by New York's downtown jazz innovators” Doug Fischer - The Ottawa Citizen
“one of the most exciting and interesting [albums] to arrive this year… The ensemble passages are all rich in texture, catchy hooks relieve the aura of intellectual rigour, the boss's bass soars and swoops and the overall impact is tremendous” Geoff Chapman - Toronto Star