Richard Monkman

Richard Monkman

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

My style/music is a mix of jazz/fusion, folk/rock and blues. I am not a jazz player but I did and still continue to study jazz. My writing is more a blend of folk/rock and blues. I feel I have a unique blend of music and an original interpretation of those styles to offer the music community.


Richard Monkman was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta and it is here that he has been fortunate enough to have performed with and learned from some of Edmontons' finest musicians which has enabled him to grow and develope much of his musical abilities. Through his studies and related experiances he has assumed the roles of:
Session musician
Throughout his career he has fronted or performed with various musical groups from jazz quartets to folk duos. He is also currently working on his first practice/study Book which he hopes to have completed by early 2009. Along with his own projects Richard Monkman also plays in a cover/original rock band called July Which has opened for Harlequin, Trooper, Alannah Myles and Lee Aaron to name a few.
"Beyond his eclectic composing style, Monkman's clean, intelligent guitar
lines are very appealing whether he's heading into improvised territory or
going for tuneful hooks".

Roger Levesque
CKUA Radio Network
The Edmonton Journal
2008 2nd CD release "Graffiti Logic" at the Blue Chair
2004 National Aboriginal Days
Performed in front of 5,000 people at
Canada place and Legislature Grounds as well as A-Channel,
Global, CFRN, and CBC were all in attendance at this
week long event Known as National Aboriginal Days.

2003 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards "Nominee"
Best Instrumental Album
Best Blues Album

Studied with Bill Wallace (The Guess Who) and Greg Lowe (Lincolns)
in Winnipeg and Tom Gilroy and Bobby Cairns in Edmonton as well as
Geordy Haley in Toronto.
Appeared in Grant MacEwan Community Colleges' 25th Anniversary CD
Appeared in Short film, Which earned first place at the 1997
Calgary film festival. (Titled: Magic Metronome) Producer: Ian Strange
Awarded scholarships three out of four years at Grant MacEwan
Community College



"Graffiti Logic" Richard Monkman (2008 independent release)
"Rain" Richard Monkman (2003 independent release)
"Patch works" Bissell centre CD (2003 independent inner city project)
"70 years of Dark-Eyed Junco" (2001 independent release)
G.M.C.C. 25th Anniversary CD (1995 Edmonton)
R.B. Russell Homegrown CD (1993 Winnipeg)
Studio work for Bill Wallace (1992 & 1993 Winnipeg)
Studio work for Ron Chenier (2002 Edmonton)
Studio work for Apple Blossom Sounds (1988 Winnipeg)

Set List

1) Three flights up- pat metheny
2) Bright size life- pat metheny
3) Questions and Answere - Pat metheny
4) Change of heart - Pat Metheny
5) Foot prints - Miles
6) Nardis - Miles
7) Blues for L.A -Bill Frissell
8) Alone together
9) Solar
10) Afro Blue
11) Eighty-one
12) Rain
13) Bernie
14) Bernice
15) Strangers
16) May
17) Sunday Night
18) Wonderland
19) Reminisce
20) Song for Alex
21) Wind
22) Afternoon in Paris
23) She moves she
24) Chapel stile - Pretz (Neil Cowley)
25) impressions
26) Giant steps
27) Gina
28) Girl from ipanema
29) All Blues
30) Freddy the freeloader