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Mike Downes

Bassist Mike Downes has performed worldwide, including tours through western and eastern Europe, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and throughout Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, PJ Perry, Renee Rosnes, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso and Pat LaBarbera. He is regularly in demand to perform and record with visiting jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Phil Woods and many others. His numerous recordings include the 2009 Juno winner “Lucky” (Molly Johnson), and numerous Juno nominations with artists including Molly Johnson, Ranee Lee and Lorne Lofsky. Mike is active as a clinician for Yamaha and has been featured as a clinician at the Paekche Institute in Seoul, South Korea and the infamous Paris Conservatory. Mike is the author of The Jazz Bass Line Book (Advance Music). The book is receiving world-wide acclaim as one of the most informative books available on creating jazz bass lines. He is also co-author of Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory. More information can be found on his website