The Jazz Exiles is an exciting new super group formed by drummer/composer and our good friend Mark Kelso. Featuring local heavyweights Rich Brown on bass, Robi Botos on keys, Luis Deniz on sax and newcomer Joey Martel on guitar, this group plays original music that is exciting & wild, yet melodic and accessible to all. Formed to continue on in the tradition of the Jazz/Funk and Fusion groups of yesteryear, this ensemble will definitely give you something to cheer about!
Come see the Jazz Exiles live on our stage Monday March 21st at 7:00pm.
Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and percussion, but he is also a singer, producer and composer as well. Mark is currently the Head of percussion at Humber College in Toronto. Mark’s ability to play a wide variety of musical styles has helped him become one of Canada’s most sought after drummers. An all around player, he has recorded with a wide array of artists such as Pat Metheny, Donny McCaslin, Laila Biali, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Michael Bublé, Changuito, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Larry Coryell, Eliana Cuevas, Paquito D’Riveria, Hilario Duran, David Foster, Herbie Hancock, Olivia Newton John, Molly Johnson, Chaka Khan, Pat LaBarbera, Natalie MacMaster, Bob Mintzer, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Donny Osmond, Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Bonnie Raitt, John Scofield, Ron Sexsmith, Mike Stern, Soul Stew, James Taylor, Gino Vannelli and his own band, The Jazz Exiles.. Mark has also been featured in “Drums, ETC “ and “Modern Drummer” magazines. Mark has also been a featured clinician/performer at the Montreal Drumfest, IAJE, Musicfest, KOSA, Percussive Arts Society, Regina Drum Festival, and the Cape Breton Drum Festival.
Check out the outstanding, and recently JUNO NOMINATED album “Stealing From My Youth”
Mark endorses and is a featured clinician for Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drum heads, Headhunters drumsticks