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nuSteps Biographies
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Studied music at University of Toronto and is in the process of completing his Graduate Studies at University of Alberta.


Bassist John Taylor has performed and or recorded with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Andrew Glover, Nancy King, Fraser McPherson, Bobby Shew, Mick Goodrick, Norma Winstone, Geri Brown, John Stowell, Steve Slagle, Dave Stryker, Mike Stern, PJ Perry, Jake Langley, Mike Rud, Don Thompson, Dianne Donovan, nuSteps, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks and many others.

John has toured nationally with Billy Reed (drummer with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas), Slavoe Tango (featuring Eyvind Kang), Kent Sangster and with the Vivianne Cardinal Quintet (featuring P. J. Perry). He has played Electric Bass on ESO Pops Concerts with many guest artists including Bill Conti, Marvin Hamlisch, Toni Tenille, Maureen McGovern, Doug Riley, Judy Collins, Helen Reddy, Robert Guillaume, Jeff Tyzik, David Amram, Ashley McIsaac and Natalie McMaster.

John has been the Assistant Principal Bassist in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1983. He has also performed with The Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic (2000 European Tour), Orchestra London Canada and New Music in Toronto.

John is also active as a music educator and is currently Director of the Bass Department at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton.



1980 – 1983. Humber College of Applied Arts, Jazz studies program, Performance
1985 – 1990. University of Victoria, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Studied with Ian McDougal
1991. Banff School of Fine Arts, Summer Jazz Program, Studied with Steve Coleman, Ted Dunbar, Rufus Reid, and Don Thompson
1999. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Accelerated Accounting Certificate (Diploma in Business)
2001. Graduated as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in the Province of Alberta


Stuart Crosley began playing the guitar at the age of eleven years old, studying at the neighbourhood music store. He has been playing professionally since the age of sixteen. Played with Toshiko Akiyoshi (piano) and Lew Tabackin (saxophone) during the first Jazz City Festival, 1980 which was followed by a move to Toronto by invitation from Al Mihalyk to study at the Humber College of Applied Arts. There he studied Guitar with Art Develier, Peter Harris, Lenny Breau, and pickup lessons with Herb Ellis, Peter Lietch, and others

Stuart moved back to Edmonton in 1983 and played with jazz artists Owen Howard and Kevin Elaschuk in the New Directions Quartet.

In 1985 he moved to Saskatoon to attend University of Saskatchewan to develop, and teach Jazz Improvisation for the Department of Extension, where he studied with Dr. Don Harris. While in Saskatoon Stuart performed with Bobby Shew, Bill Richards (piano) and Russ Ulmer (trombone).

1986 found Stuart moving to Victoria to study with Ian McDougal, where he played with Fraser MacPherson and P.J. Perry at the University of Victoria. While at the University of Victoria Stuart played in academic ensembles and professionally with Dr. Glen Halls (piano).

Returning to Edmonton in 1989 he played professionally and with Eyvind Kang (bass, violin), Bob Tildesley (trumpet), Brian Sims (piano), and Ron Samson (drums) in the group “Aurora” in the Alcan Jazz Competition.

1990 Stuart formed the Stuart Crosley Quintet which included Bill Emes (piano), Mike Gillespie (drums), Bob Tildesley (trumpet), Eyvind Kang (bass), and composed original material that was performed in a nation wide broadcast on Jazz Beat (CBC).

In 1991 Stuart became a part of Quartet Northwest, with Kevin Elaschuk (trumpet), Ken Coffey (bass), Mike Gillespie (drums). The band was featured the 1991 Jazz City Festival at many venues. In the summer of 1991 Stuart attended the Banff School of Music Summer Jazz Program where he had the opportunity to play with Tommy Banks, and PJ Perry. Stuart has recorded a compact disc with Bob Stroup “Trio Plus Two” featuring Bob Stroup, Paul Sihadeh, Tommy Doran, and George Kohler. Stuart played with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in the Bob Stroup Quartet. Stuart helped form, compose arrange, and perform music in the Creative Opportunity Orchestra with Allan Gilliland, Jim Brennan, Brent Dunbar, Don Bradshaw.

Performance credits include appearances at the Yardbird Suite in numerous bands, with various artists including Kent Sangster, Bob Tildesley, John Taylor, Bill Emes, Mike Gillespie, Tom Foster, Jim Pinchen, and Andy Cree. Other musicians Stuart has performed with at the Yardbird Suite include Lina Allemano, John Taylor, and Mike Gillespie.

Live recordings include a live CBC radio broadcast in memo