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Jay’s credits include over 40 productions for the Stirling Festival Theatre, Red Barn Theatre, Stage West and Drayton Entertainment. This Mississauga drummer , composer and band leader graduated from the Humber College Music Program in 1990 and performs with his jazz group in Toronto and Mississauga. Jay has released two CD’s of original jazz compositions: Autumn Afternoon (2007) and Don’t Look Back (1999). Both discs have received airplay on Jazz FM91 and CBC national radio. Jay has spent many hours in the recording studio and has worked with producers Les Cooper (Jill Barber), Peter Prilesnick (Sarah Harmer) and Nick Blagona (Kim Mitchell, The Police). Jay also performs with the Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble and country sweethearts Dirty Dishes among others.
Michael Barber has returned from the Stratford Festival where he was Musical Director and onstage conductor for 42nd Street starring Cynthia Dale and Associate Conductor for Pirates of Penzance. He has been Music Director for over 50 professional musicals across Canada, including Forever Plaid, The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol (Aquarius); White Christmas (Neptune); Oliver! (Drayton); California Dreaming II (Stage West). He was also keyboardist for Spamalot and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me (Mirvish). Michael received his training from Humber College and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Mr. Barber has two CDs out with cabaret artist (and wife) Nathalie Nadon. www.michaelbarber.ca
Michael Herring is a double-bassist and composer based in Toronto who writes, performs and records across genre lines, equally comfortable in jazz, folk, world, pop and rock. Herringleads or co-leads a number of ensembles which feature his original compositions. Peripheral Vision is a modern-jazz quartet co-led with guitarist and long-time collaborator Don Scott. This group has recorded two albums, maintains a busy touring schedule and has won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Michael Herring’s Vertigo is a modern-jazz sextet which recorded two albums featuring New York’s David Binney. Herring is also a member of God’s Gift to Yoda and The Uplifters (New Orleans pop) where you can hear Herring’s lyrics and vocals. www.dangerherring.com