Born: June 26, 1968 Primary Instrument: Drums
Sandro Dominelli is one of Canada`s most creative, talented and tasteful drummers. Through his continuing success’ as a much sought-after composer, bandleader, side man, and producer he has proven to be an established luminary in the Canadian music scene.
Sandro’s musical sensibilities have caught the attention of international and local jazz icons alike, who have been inspired to perform or record with his influence. His collaborations include a long list of the veritable whos who of the jazz scene, such as Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Ernie Watts, Pete Christleib, Doug Riley, Oliver Jones, Guido Basso, Hugh Fraser, PJ Perry and Tommy Banks. Additionally, he’s performed and recorded with such modern contemporary luminaries as Ben Monder, Chris Tarry, Kenny Werner, and Ralph Bowen.
As a composer, Sandro hit the scene in 2003 and since then has received rave reviews and accolades for his work. His first recording as band leader � Café Varze Jazz � went on to receive top honors at the Western Canadian Music Awards as Outstanding Jazz Recording of the Year and was also nominated in 2004 for a JUNO in the ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album of the Year’ category. Sandro’s follow-up album � Meet Me In The Alley � brought him more success’ including a Canadian Music Week award for ‘Favorite Jazz Artist of the Year’.
The Alvo Sessions is Sandro’s most recent musical endeavor. Recorded in New York City, this project features Sandro's intricate grooves along with the East Indian inspired guitar playing of Rez Abbasi and the electric bass sounds of Chris Tarry. This power trio has been recognized as a force in the North American jazz scene and in 2010 this group received the 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year, toured the national Jazz Festival circuit, received reviews in Modern Drummer & Downbeat Magazine, as well as airplay and press in Europe and the UK.
Awards:2010 - Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year 2010 - Mayor's Award Nomination for Excellence in Artistic Direction 2006 - Canadian Independent Musicians Award 2005 - City of Edmonton Performance Award 2004 - Juno Award Nomination 2003 - Western Canadian Music Award
- Will Romano, Modern Drummer, New York
Dominelli and his colleagues are to be congratulated on a warm, enjoyable, unhurried, always tasteful album and one that contains some great playing.
- Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann, United Kingdom
When this jazz power trio embraces its own peculiar uniqueness, good things happen.
- Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine
Really cool CD. It has made my personal music collection.
- Shawn Marino, Universal Music Canada
Drummers of all skill levels should study Sandro's performance on The Alvo Sessions just to gelan and learn more about solo development. Wonderful.
- Bart Elliott, Drummer Cafe, Nashville
Now, with his fourth album, The Alvo Sessions, Dominelli hits another level.
- Roger Levesque, Freelance, Edmonton Journal
The Alvo Sessions
Tracks: Personal Mountains; Foggy Bridge; Wicked Game; Number 11; Hot Sauce; S.B.; Number 17; Kata.
Personnel: Chris Tarry: Bass. Rez Abbasi: Guitar
As a Leader
Tracks: Personal Mountains; Start Again; Two Grey Rooms; Tempted; I Would Die For You; Synchronicity II; Human Nature; Kick Me; Mercy Mercy Mercy; Cumbanchero.
Personnel: Dino Dominelli: Sax. Andrew Glover: Keys. Van Wilmont: Keys. Louie Sedmak: Guitars. Mike Lent: Bass. Shelly Jones: Vocals. Bobby Cameron: Vocals. Mark Puffer: Vocals. Alfie Zappacosta: Vocals. Darcy Phillips: Keys. Johanna Sillanpaa: Vocals. Chris Andrew: Keys. Robert Walsh: Acoustic Guitar. Louis Orbegoso: Vocals/Percussion. Ribum DeToledo: Bass. Mario Allende: Percussion. Kent Sangster: Saxophone. Elsie Osborne: Vocals. Diana Stabel: Vocals. Jim Head: Guitar.
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