Donnybrook with Ian Hendrickson-Smith

TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Date: 
Sat Apr 4 9:45pm
Ticket Price: 
Cover charge at the door

Donnybrook (Ben Bishop, guitar; Jeff McLeod, organ; Morgan Childs, drums) is excited to feature the world-renowned saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith in performance at the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar as part of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects. Together they will perform original music written by Bishop, McLeod, and Childs, for the organ trio/quartet format they have developed over the last four years.

Donnybrook will also perform April 3 at The Rex Hotel, with Ian Hendrickson-Smith joining them for the final set that night.

Donnybrook is an original, modern, soul jazz and straight ahead co-led organ trio from Toronto, Canada. The trio concentrates on a mix of historic repertoire and original music in the tradition of the great Hammond organ trios of the 1960s. Guitarist Ben Bishop, organist Jeff McLeod, and drummer Morgan Childs joined forces in 2015 with a mutual interest in the classic sounds of the records of Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Grant Green, and Dr. Lonnie Smith, as well as modern organ groups like Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet and the Larry Goldings Trio, with a goal to develop a unique identity and sound in that tradition. Four years later, Donnybrook have appeared across Canada at prominent jazz venues including The Yardbird Suite, Buckingjam Palace, The Bassment Jazz Club, The Rex Hotel, The Burdock Room, and 3030 Dundas, as well as at the Markham Jazz Festival, Brampton World of Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, and the Haliburton Forest Festival. Special guests with the trio have included prominent international jazz and blues artists like Chris Gale (Colin James, Blue Rodeo), David French (Broken Social Scene), Alison Young (2018 Juno nominee) and Ian Hendrickson-Smith (The Roots, Tonight Show, Dap Kings). The trio holds down a regular Wednesday night residency at Tennessee Tavern, a hip and intimate room in Toronto’s west end. Their debut album is scheduled for release in early 2020.

New York City-based saxophonist and flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith is renowned for his remarkable tone, soulful approach, and blues driven melodies. Equally adept on all saxophones, Ian has been in demand among the upper echelons of the music industry for over two decades, in the worlds of jazz, R&B, pop, and beyond. Ian is the current saxophonist for the legendary Roots crew on NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon”, and previously toured and recorded as a member of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings for 6 years. As a member of the Daptone Horns, Ian’s sound became increasingly in demand for a stunning array of world famous musicians, including Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Bob Dylan, Phish, St Vincent, Queen Latifah, Rufus Wainright, Aerosmith, and Celine Dion. Having also performed and recorded with legends of the jazz world like Eddie Henderson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, David Hazeltine and the Charles Mingus Big Band Workshop, Ian’s breadth and depth of experience in the world of music is second to none. In addition to his skills as a saxophonist, Ian is a noted graphic designer of record album covers, and runs his own jazz record label, Rondette Jazz.