Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a major force in Canada's music scene since the early 80s. He has had the opportunity to work with a long list of international artists including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman and Donny McCaslin, along with many of Canada's top musicians including Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Pat LaBarbera, Robi Botos and Molly Johnson.
He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. His extensive discography as a bassist, composer, arranger and producer includes his own Ripple Effect (2014 JUNO winner for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and Root Structure (2018 JUNO winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo).
Mike is the Bass Department Head/Program Coordinator at Humber College in Toronto and author of The Jazz Bass Line Book and co-author of Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory.
For more information please visit www.mikedownes.com.
“This bass ace is incapable of letting you down” - Midwest Record 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 As gifted a composer as he is a bassist - International Society of Bassists “Downes' playing is marked by an unerring and versatile technique, the kind of bass playing that's never static yet nevertheless establishes a firm foundation” Textura
“As gifted a composer as he is a bassist. - Chris Kosky, International Society of
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
“This bass ace is incapable of letting you down” - Midwest Record
“Downes' playing is marked by an unerring and versatile technique, the kind of bass playing that's
never static yet nevertheless establishes a firm foundation” Textura
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
Willing to teach
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