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Mike Downes

JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the 1980s, performing with visiting artists such as Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Dave Liebman, Jack Dejohnette and with virtually all of Canada's top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, PJ Perry, Renee Rosnes, Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso and Pat LaBarbera. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada.

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

“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

“Virtuoso solo bassist Mike Downes delighted the hall: on this seemingly “heavy- handed” tool it is only possible in the performance of the greatest masters. Mike is definitely one of them.” - Trud Journal, Moscow

“I have an awesome bass player, Mike Downes

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Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

Toronto, Ontario

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Helping to mentor and inspire young musicians is an important component of his career. He has been the Bass Department Head at prestigious Humber College in Toronto since 2000. He has also been featured as a Yamaha artist/clinician throughout Canada, at the Paekche Institute in Seoul, South Korea and the infamous Conservatoire de Paris. Mike is the author of The Jazz Bass Line Book published by Advance Music of Germany. The book is receiving world-wide acclaim as one of the most informative books available on the subject

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