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National Jazz Awards nominee and LEO award-winning composer/performer James Danderfer has been performing and recording with some of the finest jazz musicians in North America. James' recent film score work includes the award-winning short film “Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story,” the animated feature film “The Pixies,” and brand new films “Trying” and "Send Us Smokes" which are currently playing film festivals internationally. James' fifth and most recent recording “Time and Tide” (Reigning Parade Records) features legendary New York jazz vibraphonist Steve Nelson and Canadian jazz luminary John Stetch.


Chris Gestrin

Chris is a pianist, composer and producer. He has received numerous jazz awards, including nine Junos! Chris has played with many jazz greats and produced numerous recordings not only in jazz, but also rock. He’s recently established his own independent record label called “phonometrograph.” (



As a performer Daryl has toured in Japan, through the UK, and played shows in the USA and Cuba. He has worked with great musicians such as Jorge Chicoy (Cuba), Paul Jackson (Japan), Kenny Werner (USA), John Stowell (USA), Pete Oxley (UK), Terumasa Hino (Japan), and Jeff Berlin (USA). He’s a dedicated and highly sought after teacher as well as a faculty member in the VCC Music Department where he heads the guitar program. As a musician, he’s passionate about the music and about how listeners connect to performers and live music, particularly live jazz. Live jazz is fundamentally about musicians in relationship with each other engaged in making something greater than the sum of the parts, and something which includes the audience’s experience as a part of the creative process.



Trombonist Rod Murray has been a Vancouver resident since 1996 and in that time has performed in a wide variety of ensembles both inside and outside of the jazz idiom. He is currently a member of the Jill Townsend Big Band, Hugh Fraser’s VEJI, and James Danderfer’s Hummingbird Brigade. His involvement with many of these groups and other musicians has afforded him the opportunity to play with such jazz greats as Slide Hampton, PJ Perry, Gary Smulyan, Eddie Daniels, and Joe Locke. As a freelancer, he’s performed with Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra Jr. and recorded with Yes, Sam Roberts, and Matthew Good among many others.



For over 35 years Bob has directed many award-winning school jazz ensembles. “Mr. Reb” is also active as a jazz guest director, ensemble clinician and adjudicator across Canada. He has played piano and drums in various dance bands in the Vancouver area for many years. 


Award-winning bassist Paul Rushka has engaged audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his sonorous tone, assured confident pulse, and eloquent soloing since 1997. Active as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Paul is a first-call bassist in Vancouver. He has appeared on stage with numerous jazz luminaries including John Taylor, Joe LaBarbera, Julian Priester, Jimmy Greene, Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Gary Smulyan, Eric Alexander, Will Vinson, Mike LeDonne, Danny Grissett, Jeremy Pelt, Brad Turner, Ross Taggart, Lorne Lofsky, Kirk MacDonald, Kevin Dean, André White, and many more. In 2003, Paul won a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Jazz Album for his work on the Mike Allen Trio's Dialectic. He is currently on the faculty at Vancouver Community College and the VSO (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) School of Music.



Craig is an ccomplished drummer and vibraphone player. His drumming credits include performances with Canadian jazz luminaries and international jazz artists such as Pat Labarbera, Phil Woods, Al Vizzutti, Diana Krall and Clark Terry. In addition to his extensive recording credits, Craig is an experienced and popular jazz educator.


Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor received his Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education, and Master of Arts degrees from U.B.C. and began his music career working as a recording engineer and producer in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. From 1992 to 2017 he taught instrumental music at Point Grey Secondary in Vancouver. The ensembles he directed at the school included concert bands, jazz bands and combos, and for many years Point Grey had the largest jazz education program in the Vancouver School District. The concert bands and jazz groups won numerous awards at festivals in Canada and abroad. Brent is currently a vice-principal in the Coquitlam school district. 



Juno Award winner Brad Turner is considered one of Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He is completely fluent on trumpet, piano, and the drum set and has recorded on all three. Brad has performed and/or recorded with many of the world’s great jazz musicians. In addition, he has many compositions and arrangements to his credit. Brad is on the faculty of Capilano University in North Vancouver.