David Atkinson Trio
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David Atkinson Trio

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2006

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2006
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Born in Ottawa to parents who emigrated from the U.K. to Canada in the early 80s, David Atkinson spent the first 13 years of his musical development studying with Hungarian pianist and composer Gabor Finta. During his time in Ottawa, David also became heavily involved with the local jazz scene; by the time he finished highschool he was already playing weekly at The Bayou with the Brian Downey Big Band, as well as gigging regularly with The Inertia Project, The Nepean All-City Jazz Band and the Carleton University Jazz Orchestra.

Since moving to Toronto in 2004, David has been keeping very busy. He has been studying with several key figures in Canada's jazz scene, including Brian Dickinson, Don Thompson, Bernie Senesky and Richard Whiteman. He plays regularly with funk group Dr. Payne & the Disease while still keeping ties with Ottawa's recent alternative/hip-hop sensation Camp Best Friends. During the last two years alone David has had the opportunity to perform alongside and work with Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, John Johnson, Dave Douglas, Denny Christianson, Alex Dean and Ted Quinlan.

Tyler Emond, another Ottawa native, is also now living in Toronto as a freelance bass player (acoustic and electric). Tyler's into a lot of different music, but his own group "Pikaia", plays mostly jazz and rock influenced stuff. As well as contributing his astounding musicianship to the David Atkinson Trio, Tyler also plays with "Funk Jazz Bitches" (house/drum n' bass), and "Linu" (east European folk music). Some of the other people he has played with (or played with in the past) include: Nick "Brownman" Ali, Ted Quinlan, Norman Marshall-Villeneuve, Nancy Walker, Sophia Perlman, Marcus Ali, Paul De Long, Jeff King, Joe Poole, Robbi Botos, William Carn, Luisito Orbegoso, Enlight, PHATT al, Paco Luviano, Alexis Baro, Chris Lamont, Pedro Ojeda, Ruben Esguerra, Colin Kinsmore, plus a few occasions where he got to play with Steve Gadd as well as Dave Liebman.

Jeff hails from Mississauga and is a graduate of Cawthra Park Secondary School. His resume is impressive for his age, and he manages to keep as busy and sought-after as the established greats in an already saturated and competitive music scene in Toronto. The long list of people that Jeff has played with includes (but is certainly not limited to) Ted Quinlan, Dave Holland, The Vipers, Pat LaBarbera, Uncle Seth, Richard Underhill and Brandi Disterheft.

David and Tyler first met in Ottawa, while playing together in once-highly-successful-but-now-defunct funk band The Groovebug, as well as in the Nepean All-City Jazz Band. In the presently barren jazz arctic that is Ottawa, they quickly became friends and would hang out, listen to records, (mostly Beck,) and jam on some of Tyler's earliest compositions. Once David moved to Toronto a year after Tyler had, their friendship picked up right where they left off and the desire to start a trio of their own was not just a natural, but neccessary progression. The decision to invite Jeff to play with them was blatently obvious - both David and Tyler had been playing with Jeff in different bands and agreed that his sound was the missing link needed to create a unit capable of producing a strong enough bond for all three of them to be able to express themselves with utmost freedom, trust and comfort.

A brief list of their influences may on any given day include Geoff Keezer, Ray Brown, Tony Williams, The Smashing Pumpkins, Egg Nog, Warm Spring Evenings, and That Great Feeling You Get When You Blow Your Nose And You Manage To Expunge A Satisfying Mass Of Mucous.