Links to some of my own material, friends, colleagues, favourite musicians & heroes
Stich Wynston Spotify Playlist - featuring 100+ tracks of tunes I've played drums on, both as leader and sideman
Stich Wynston YouTube Playlist - featuring 100+ videos of tunes I've played drums on (a lot of Shuffle Demons vids here!)
Stich Wynston Facebook page - Stich on Facebook
Stich Wynston Twitter account - Stich on Twitter
TCB Music - The Montreaux Jazz Label, Switzerland. The label to which I am currently signed and which released my second Modern Surfaces' recording - Transparent Horizons.
Challenge Records - The Netherlands based label which my first Modern Surfaces' recordings were released under was called Buzz Records -- but was eventually absorbed by Challenge Records, who now carries both my recordings: here & here.
Shuffle Demons - The now iconic Canadian jazz-funk outfit I co-founded, now internationally acclaimed. I have played drums in this group for over 30 years and gone around the world with them. Most have discovered me through them.
Mike Murley - One of the premiere saxophonists in Canada and a guy I grew up with. An icon in our jazz community.
Brownman Ali - Multi-award winning jazz & hip-hop trumpet player, label owner, website designer, great friend and trusted advisor... gives me all my best girl advice.
Mahogany Web Services - Website Design exclusively for musicians. Musicians helping musicians.
Rich Underhill - Canadian alto saxophone noteable, my co-leader in the Shuffle Demons, and one of my oldest friends.
Kelly Jefferson - Another one of the premiere saxophonists in Canada and often Shuffle Demons collaborator.
Mike Downes - Though Toronto-based, Mike is one of the most versatile bass players on the planet.
Wayne Shorter - A living legend... one of the last of the jazz giants to walk our planet. Through Miles Davis, Weather Report, and The Jazz Messengers, he's considered one of the most important and influential figures in modern jazz.
Dave Holland - Miles Davis alumi and genius composer/bassist
Sean Rickman - One of my mentors and modern drumset heroes.
Andy Milne - Former piano player to Steve Coleman and old friend.
Jazzlinks - This web site has just about every imaginable jazz artist' web page.
Bird Lives - Where "status quo" runs amok
Toronto.com - Useful information on the city where I was born, grew up and am based.
Lula Lounge - Toronto's most exciting live Latin music venue, featuring 10+ piece Salsa bands every Fri/Sat
Steve Coleman - Brilliant alto saxophonist, composer and founder of the revolutionary M-Base movement in contemporary jazz
Jack DeJohnette - Iconic musician and major innovator on drums. One of the greatest pure improvisors ever and one of my favourite musicians of all time.
Chick Corea - Celebrated pianist and composer. Creative genius. Could play any style of music at the most elite level.
John Coltrane - One of the giants of jazz and a major innovator of the 20th-Century.
Herbie Hancock - Legendary jazz pianist, composer and major innovator.
The Police - Hailed as a maverick live band - a group that galvanized an already impressive studio sound into something otherworldly when performing. Combining controlled energy and evocative melodies, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played with the improvisational instincts of a jazz trio and the raw energy of a punk-rock band - a blend that made them one of the definitive rock groups of the'70s and ‘80s.
Sting - Legendary vocalist, bass player, composer who was a member of The Police, one of the most successful groups of all time, and then made the bold decision to leave the band when they were at the pinnacle of their success and forged an equally successful solo career.
Stewart Copeland - Legendary drummer with The Police, Stewart is considered one of the greatest drummers of all time. After rising to international stardom with the Police, Stewart Copeland largely rejected his pop music past to pursue a career as a composer, authoring a prolific series of film scores, operas, and ballets.
Andy Summers - Guitar wizard with The Police, the number one band of their time who dominated the music scene and the media in the eighties. Andy Summers innovative guitar playing created a new paradigm for guitarists in this period and has been widely imitated ever since.
Michael Brecker - Tenor saxophone giant who was arguably one of the greatest contemporary jazz saxophone voices of his generation.
Randy Brecker - Trumpet giant, older brother to Micheal, and also arguably one of the greatest contemporary jazz trumpet voices of his generation.
Dave Liebman - Tenor and soprano saxophone giant, Dave Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching nearly fifty years. He has played with masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others.
McCoy Tyner - McCoy Tyner’s piano style, complete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand, has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.
Elvin Jones - A major force in jazz, Elvin is one of the most influential drummers of all time, who rose to prominence as Coltrane's drummer.
Tony Williams - Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers to come to prominence in the 1960s, Williams first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis and was a pioneer of jazz fusion.
Paul Bley - Iconic pianist, Paul Bley was one of the pioneers of the chamber jazz style who’s credentials were tremendous. Intensely original and forcefully aesthetic, Bley constantly pushed the envelope by finding a way to express his ground breaking concepts in a manner that implied total freedom from the tradition that he came from. An absolute giant!
Paul Motian - A jazz drumming iconoclast who challenged the norms and took the art of drumming from it’s timekeeping role and developed a textural, painterly approach with total freedom.
Gary Peacock - Legendary jazz bass player and composer who performed and recorded alongside trailblazing bandleaders Albert Ayler, Keith Jarrett and scores of others, in addition to leading his own trio. Working from a broad musical palette, Peacock demonstrated full command of jazz standards, but his inquisitive nature pushed him toward engaging with the music’s freer aspects as well.
Keith Jarrett - Virtuoso pianist who redefined the art of improvisational jazz.
ECM Records - ECM is an independent record label founded by Karl Egger, Manfred Eicher and Manfred Scheffner in Munich in 1969. While ECM is best known for jazz music, the label has released a variety of recordings, and ECM's artists often refuse to acknowledge boundaries between genres. ECM’s artists and Manfred Eicher’s innovative way of recording instruments totally revolutionized jazz.
Kenny Kirkland - Extraordinary pianist who worked with the greatest jazz artists of his generation as well as being the pianist of choice for Sting.
Jon Christensen - The Norwegian drummer who was the backbone for dozens of ECM releases and whose playing shaped the rhythmic concept of European postbop jazz.
Gene Lake - An all around drummer who cut his teeth on funk and jazz. Gene Lake embodies the contradictions of modern music.
Jeff “Tain” Watts - One of the great contemporary jazz drummers who spent his formative years in the bands of Wynton and Branford Marsalis.
Joey Calderazzo - One of the finest pianists of his generation, having recorded thirteen albums as a leader, Joey Calderazzo has traveled the road from child prodigy to in-demand session musician to elite member of the finest ensembles in jazz, holding down the piano chairs for decades in the late Michael Brecker’s band as well as Branford Marsalis’ band.
Peter Erskine - Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992).
Bill Stewart - One of the greatest drummers in contemporary jazz for the last 3 decades.
Steve Gadd - With a resume that boasts sessions and tours with the likes of Chick Corea to Eric Clapton to Steely Dan to Paul McCartney to James Taylor to Paul Simon to you-name them, Steve Gadd has put his indelible stamp on rock, jazz, blues, fusion and pop. If there’s a form of music he hasn’t played, chances are it hasn’t yet been invented.
Vinnie Colaiuta - Renowned drummer based in Los Angels. He is known for his innovative drumming style, which, combines with his theatrics and energy behind the drum set, making him one of the most entertaining drummers today. Vinnie has worked with a who’s who of contemporary music artists including Frank Zappa, Sting, Gino Vannelli, Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand, Chaka Khan, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Haslip, Quincy Jones and many more.
John Scofield - John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.
Tom Harrell - Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and arranger who has won awards and grants throughout his career, including multiple Trumpeter of the Year awards from Down Beat magazine.
Freddie Hubbard - Legendary jazz trumpeter whose unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop.
Woody Shaw - Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, arranger, band leader, and educator. Born with a photographic memory and perfect pitch, Shaw is widely known for advancing the technical and harmonic language of modern jazz trumpet playing.
Steve Grossman - Outstanding jazz fusion and post bop tenor saxophonist. Grossman was Wayne Shorter's replacement in Miles Davis' jazz-fusion band. Then, from 1971 to 1973, he was in Elvin Jones' band.
Edgar Winter - American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is known for being a multi-instrumentalist—keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist and percussionist—as well as a singer.
Johnny Winter - American singer and guitarist. Winter was known for his high-energy blues rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s. He also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. After his time with Waters, Winter recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
Led Zeppelin - Arguably the greatest rock band of all time!
John Bonham - Celebrated as being one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, remaining a constant source of inspiration to generations of drummers since his playing in the Rock band Led Zeppelin.
AC/DC - Legendary rock band who are one of the top selling bands of all time!
Jimi Hendrix - American rock guitarist, singer, and composer who fused American traditions of blues, jazz, rock, and soul with techniques of British avant-garde rock to redefine the electric guitar in his own image.
Zakir Hussain - The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians.
Miguel “Anga” Diaz - Iconic Cuban percussionist of Yoruba descent. He was a well-known conguero who also played the cajon, guiro and timbales.
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas - Cuban rumba ensemble who have become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed rumba groups of all time.
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