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The Jivewires

The Jivewires

About The Jivewires is my main project and as leader I’ve produced 5 albums of original songs since the bands inception. This seven piece horn driven band is based in Ottawa performs original music in the “jump jive” or “jump blues” style and has toured in Europe and the Northeastern US. Inspired by Louis Jordan, […]

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Steve Berndt Featuring Brian Browne

Steve Berndt Featuring Brian Browne

In 2012 I produced an album of jazz standards (the title track my own composition) called “Déjà Vu”. The album was recorded live to multi-track and features one of Canada’s truly great jazz pianists, Brian Browne. This is a shot taken by Brett Delmage of OttawaJazzScene.ca during our release show at the NAC on May […]

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Delbert & The Commotions

Delbert & The Commotions

In late 2012 fellow Jivewire and member of the Funk Brothers Canadian horn section Brian Asselin produced an album with Funk Brother lead singer Delbert Nelson of Detroit. Brian put together a great group of Ottawa musicians and asked me to play the trombone in the band. The resulting recording is fantastic and I am […]

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The Funk Brothers

The Funk Brothers

From 2008 to 2011 I had the honour of performing with Detroit’s legendary Funk Brothers! Along with fellow Jivewires horn section members Kelly Craig and Brian Asselin, we played some wonderful events and got to perform & hang with some of the best R&B musicians in the world!

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Songs From A Drunken Piano: Tom Waits Revue

Songs From A Drunken Piano: Tom Waits Revue

In 2011 Ottawa singer Christine Fagan approached me with a suggestion that we put together a revue of the music of Tom Waits. As another of the worlds billions of Tom Waits fans I immediately said yes and we started forming the band. After adding Ottawa singer Missy Burgess we developed a revue of Tom’s […]

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Rudeboy

Rudeboy

Rudeboy is a “second wave” Ska band based in Ottawa.  I joined Rudeboy in 1997 because I liked the original writing and wanted the opportunity to be in a band as the only horn player. The five member band has released 2 albums of original music in that idiom and is well known in the […]