My main instrument is the tenor saxophone, but I’m always working on my piano chops and I’ve always wished I could play the electric bass. My main influences on the tenor sax are players like Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and John Coltrane. My main musical influences more generally are Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and James Brown, along with Led Zeppelin, Rage Against The Machine, J Dilla, and Radiohead.
I play infrequently as a freelance jazz and blues tenor player now, but I’m part of two groups in the Halifax area.
AST / The Happy Few
Originally known as Atlantic Standard Time, this quartet was known for its jazz standards and jazz versions of modern pop repertoire from artists such as Feist, Radiohead, Hawksley Workman, and more. The personnel were originally comprised of Dustin LindenSmith on tenor sax, Chris Elson on keyboards, Adam Fine on bass, and Bob Gaudreau on drums, but after Gaudreau’s departure for Ontario, the remaining group members have performed the most often as a drum-less trio in the form of a group we call The Happy Few.
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This unnamed group, formerly known as Two By Two, is a post-modern funk, jazz and blues quartet featuring the classic Hammond B3 organ sound. The repertoire is selected from composers such as Ray Charles, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Jac McDuff, James Brown, and others, along with a number of originals from the group. Personnel comprised of Matt Myer on organ, Dustin LindenSmith on tenor sax, Ross Burns on guitar, and Doug Cameron on drums.
I briefly maintained an audio podcast in 2006 to showcase my favourite underground jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop tracks. The site and podcast have been lying dormant since then, but I’ve always thought they deserved to be resurrected.