An engaging, lyrical saxophonist, Mike Murley is one of Canada’s finest jazz talents and one of the most versatile players on the scene today. Currently active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, Murley also maintains a busy schedule as a sideman and jazz educator (University of Toronto). He has played on eleven Juno Award-winning recordings since 1991, the latest in 2013 for his trio recording Test of Time (Cornerstone Records). Murley was also named saxophonist of the year eight times by the Jazz Report Awards/National Jazz Awards.
Since moving to Toronto from his native Nova Scotia in 1981 Murley has enjoyed a career that has spanned a wide stylistic spectrum. Recordings with veteran Canadian artists such as Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and the late Rob McConnell showcase the saxophonist’s talents in the mainstream standard repertoire. On the more contemporary side, Murley has collaborated frequently with the younger generation of improviser/composers including pianist David Braid and guitarist David Occhipinti. He is also well known for his work with the multi-Juno Award-winning electric jazz group Metalwood, which released six critically acclaimed albums between 1997 and 2003. In addition he has recorded and performed with numerous other Canadian and international artists including Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, David Liebman, and Paul Bley.
Mike Murley – Sax’s
Reg Schwager – Guitar
Steve Wallace – Bass