The Al Henderson Sextet is made up of the quintet members Alex Dean (saxes, bass clarinet), Pat LaBarbera (saxes, narration), pianist Richard Whiteman, bassist Al Henderson and drummer Barry Romberg plus special guest artist baritone saxophonist David Mott.
Al decided to document a couple of arrangements of his compositions originally performed by this version of his band during a two hour concert at York University’s Accolade Centre in 2010 on his latest CD Taiga (CRST 138CD) which was released in the fall of 2012.
Al’s fifth and most recent recording, Taiga (CRST 138), features his regular quintet with Alex Dean (saxes, bass clarinet), Pat LaBarbera (saxes, narration), pianist Richard Whiteman and drummer Barry Romberg. Baritone saxophonist David Mott appears as a guest artist on three tracks while noted cellists Matt Brubeck and Mark Chambers, first heard with the group on Regeneration (CRST CD132) which received a Juno nomination in 2010 for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year return for three others.
Al has performed as a sideman over the years with many jazz artists and is also the coleader of the influential group Time Warp, one of Canada’s longest running jazz ensembles with multiple Juno nominations and awards to their credit. The group has released nine recordings, played across Canada as well as in the US and Venezuela.
An Associate Professor of music at York University in Toronto, Al has served as Graduate Program Director (Interim), Jazz Area Coordinator and Director of the York University Jazz Orchestra and teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. As coowner of Cornerstone Records Inc. since 1993, the label has released thirty-eight jazz recordings with several more soon to be released.
He was the recipient of the 2000 Juno Award for his recording Deep in a Dream.
Alex held the tenor saxophone chair with Rob McConnell’s Grammy award winning Boss Brass and, the Juno award winning Rob McConnell Tentet. He has collaborated extensively on C.D’s as side man with Canadian and American Jazz Artists. The Alex Dean Quartet/Quintet recordings include the newly released At this Point (November 2010), Dreamsville, Both Feet, and Kaitlyn’s Waltz. Kaitlyn’s Waltz was voted Best Jazz CD of 1994 by The Jazz Report and one of the Top Ten Jazz CD releases by New York’s Village Voice. He was also voted Jazz Musician of the Year by the Toronto Star.
The Alex Dean Quintet in the last couple of years is a relatively new group of highly regarded Canadian jazz artists assembled to record and play original music by Alex – Brian Dickenson, Lorne Lofsky, Kieran Overs and Ted Warren. The Quintet’s latest recording opened to standing room only crowds at Toronto’s Rex Jazz Club in November and will be playing/promoting their newest C.D. at various Jazz Festivals this summer including a feature date at The Toronto Jazz Festival.
Mott has performed in solo concerts all across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and played as a side man with a lengthy list of North American music luminaries including Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Robert Dick, Musici de Montreal, Mark Dresser, Jerry Granelli, Stevie Wonder, Francois Houle, David Moss, Symphony Nova Scotia, Gil Evans, Gerry Hemingway, Leo Wasada Smith, Anthony Davis, John Geggie, Al Henderson, Victor Bateman, Roddy Elias, Pat LaBarbera, Marilyn Lerner, and Michael Vladkovich.
He was a founding member of the Sound Pressure saxophone quintet. He has performed with the International Baritone Conspiracy, Chelsea Bridge, the Hemispheres Ensemble, Eastman School of Music’s Musica Nova, the Upstreams Ensemble, the Roots Orchestra, and Arraymusic. Mott has received more than 25 commissions from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation, and others. His music and performances have been recorded on over 20 CDs.
David Mott was a member of the Chris Chahley Nonet when they performed during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre on January 9, 1984, and played in that series again with Mike Cado’s Tribute to Nimmons ‘n’ Nine band on March 3, 2003.
For over twenty years, Richard has performed at major Toronto jazz venues, and has also played with orchestras (The Canada Pops Orchestra) and big bands (including The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra), in new music concerts (Hemispheres Music Projects), classical crossover groups (The Galaxy Trio) and musical theatre (“Forever Plaid”), and at countless “casual” engagements with Canada’s finest jazz musicians. He has also toured Canada with his trio and performed in Brazil, Egypt and San Antonio, Texas.
Some of the stellar musicians Richard has worked with are Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, Marcus Belgrave, Pat LaBarbera, Ken Peplowski, Nick Brignola, Ed Bickert, Jane Bunnett and Dutch Django-style star, Tim Kliphuis. As well as leading his own groups, Richard is a member of the The Al Henderson Quintet and is much in demand by vocalists, including John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Dee Daniels, Bonnie Brett and Heather Bambrick.
In addition to his busy club, corporate and touring schedule, Richard is also an educator, teaching jazz piano and leading ensembles at both Humber College and York University in Toronto.