Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles
Details: Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto his home. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and an assortment of percussion, but he is also a talented Singer, Producer and Composer as well. Mark’s ability to play a wide variety of musical styles has helped him become one of Canada’s most sought after drummers. An all-around player, Mark has worked with diverse artists such as Gino Vannelli, Pete Townsend, Michael Bublé and Holly Cole and a host of other celebrated artists.
His CD entitled “Lost Kingdoms” is an exciting blend of African, Brazilian, Celtic and Pop influences. Featuring 12 original compositions of instrumental and vocal tunes, there is also some fine playing by some of Canada’s finest musicians. Mark says – “I didn’t want to do a typical drummer CD. I wanted to make sure that above all the music was melodic and that it felt good. I put a lot of thought into the concept of the whole thing and that’s why it took me such a long time to do it properly. I can honestly say that it’s something that I’m really very proud of”.
Currently, Mark is Head of the Percussion Department at Humber College’s School of Music in Toronto.
The Jazz Exiles is an exciting new super group formed by drummer/composer Mark Kelso. Featuring local heavyweights Rich Brown on bass, Robi Botos on keys, Luis Deniz on sax and newcomer Joey Martel on guitar, this group plays original music that is exciting & wild, yet melodic and accessible to all. Formed to continue on in the tradition of the Jazz/Funk and Fusion groups of yesteryear, this ensemble will definitely give you something to cheer about!
When: Fri., Jan. 8, 2016, 9 pm
Where: Arbor Room, Hart House
About Jazz at Osscar’s Produced and coordinated by the Hart House Music Committee, Jazz at Oscar’s brings you jazz in all shapes, colours and moods. Innovative Improvisation ‐ Scintillating Standards ‐ Classic Jazz. Jazz at Oscars showcases the best musicians from our own backyard and from Toronto’s vibrant jazz community. Enjoy shows FREE every Friday Night in the Arbor Room October through April. A Guaranteed great night out!