“Footsteps” CD Release Tour in Toronto, Montreal Ottawa, Kingston, Guelph, Waterloo –
March 12 to 21, 2015
Gray Matter – the contemporary jazz group co-led by brothers Justin and Derek Gray – is set to release “Footsteps”, their debut album. Their first combined effort features Grammy® award-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (www.ingridjensen.com), Juno-nominated pianist Todd Pentney and Vancouver’s rising star tenor saxophonist/film composer Eli Bennett (www.elibennett.com).
Gray Matter brings a unique blend of modern jazz and groove-based music, with influences ranging from John Coltrane to James Brown. Gray Matter will be releasing “Footsteps” with an 8-concert, Ontario/Quebec CD Release tour: playing two-nights at Toronto’s Rex Hotel, a Saturday feature performance at The Jazz Room in Waterloo, and a Sunday afternoon matinee presented by the Kingston Jazz Society. Aiming to connect with all generations of Canadian music lovers, Gray Mater will also be well leading post-secondary workshops, including a noon-hour clinic at Humber College.
Wed, Mar. 11 – Manhattans Jazz (Guelph) – 8:30 pm
Thurs, Mar. 12 – Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, QC) – 8 pm
Fri, Mar. 13 – Diese Onze (Montreal) – 9:30 pm
Sat, Mar. 14 – Brookstreet Hotel (Ottawa) – 8 pm
Sun, Mar. 15 – Kingston Public Library, presented by the Kingston Jazz Society – 2 pm
Wed, Mar. 18 – Workshop @ Humber College – 12 pm
Thurs, Mar. 19 – The Rex Hotel (Toronto) – 9:30 pm
Fri, Mar. 20 – The Rex Hotel (Toronto) – 9:30 pm
Sat, Mar. 21 – The Jazz Room (Waterloo) – 8:30 pm
“… Every time Justin and I get to make music together – it’s deeper than notes or rhythms,” says Derek Gray about leading the band with his brother. “Add Ingrid and Eli to the mix – the music comes alive”.