Sandro Dominelli

Sandro Dominelli


The very palatable Meet Me in the Alley is a fine introduction to an artist with sound drumming and leadership savvy. As far as jazz drummers go, Dominelli is a solid technician who proves his rhythm and soloing abilities.


It’s been said that Sandro Dominelli is one of Canada's most creative, talented and tasteful drummers. Sandro’s toured, performed, and recorded with a veritable who's who of the Canadian jazz scene, including Mike Murley, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, Dave Restivo, Kirk MacDonald, Mike Rudd, Phil Dwyer, Hugh Fraser, Ian McDougall, Cambell Ryga, Doug Riley, Don Thompson, Ranee Lee, D. D. Jackson, Chris Tarry, Jack de Keyzer, Brad Turner, and Jake Langley. Additionally, he’s performed and recorded with such local luminaries as Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and Kent Sangster.

As well, Sandro’s performed with the Edmonton, Winnipeg, Red Deer and Concordia College Symphonies. He’s also made his presence known south of the border sharing the stage with New Yorkers Mose Allison, Joe Lovano, Ben Monder, Ernie Watts, Dave Stryker, Sonny Fortune, Kenny Werner, Tim Hagans, Roswell Rudd, Mike Nock, Steve Slagle, Mark Murphy and Pete Christlieb.

In 2003 Sandro released his first recording as bandleader, ‘The Sandro Dominelli Quintet- Cafe Varze Jazz’. Receiving rave reviews and accolades, the album went on to receive top honours at the 2003 Western Canadian Music Awards as Outstanding Jazz Recording of the Year. It was nominated in 2004 for a JUNO in the ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album of the Year’ category.

Sandro’s just released a new CD titled “Meet Me In The Alley”, and this album is certain to bring his talents to even more listeners across this country because like it’s predecessor, it features bold, articulate and adventurous playing. However this time around, this recording showcases his impressive compositional skills.

This is a musician who could have set his sights on only being a much sought-after side man, but watching him anchor set for greats it was obvious Sandro had more to offer. Adding composer and bandleader to the resume requires additional dedication to one’s music as well as willingness to make things happen from the ground up. With Sandro, all of this is done with deep emotional commitment as well as musical intelligence. He brings these same qualities from his playing, along with joyful vigour, to his burgeoning career.


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Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth: June 26, 1968
1 Erinwoods Place,
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
T8N 7B2


1986-88 Outreach Program Grant McEwan Community College,Drum Studies
1990-92 Alberta College, Percussion Studies
1992-94 Concordia College Bachelor of Music Studies
1994-96 Saint Francis Xavier University, Bachelor Music Education Degree


1996 Private Studies with Peter Erskine (Los Angeles, CA)
1997 Private Studies with Adam Nussbaum (New York, NY)


1998-present Private drum/percussion lessons
2000-present Clinics, workshops and master classes
2004 Adjudicator for JazzFesival 2004 (Brandon, MB)
2003 Featured clinician at Alberta Music Conference (Edmonton, AB)
2003-present Board of Directors, Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, AB)
2002 Adjudicator for JazzWorks (Edmonton, AB)
1998-2002 ESP (Educational Seminars in Percusssion) Clinician


2004 JUNO Award Nomination “Traditional Jazz Album Of The Year” for Varze Records album “Café Varzé Jazz”
2003 Western Canadian Music Awards winner “Outstanding Jazz Recording” for Varze Records album “Café Varzé Jazz”


Jazz | various appearances and recordings with:

Mike Murley
Rob McConnell
Guido Basso
Dave Restivo
Kirk MacDonald
Phil Dwyer
Ben Monder
Tommy Banks
Hugh Fraser
Ian McDougall
Cambell Ryga
Doug Riley
Joe Lovano
Sonny Fortune Julian Priester
Kenny Werner
Tim Hagans
Roswell Rudd
Steve Slagle
Mark Murphy
Ranee Lee
Jake Langley
Chris Tarry
PJ Perry
Kent Sangster
Dave Stryker(USA)
D.D Jackson
Bill Coon
Brad Turner
Ranee Lee Fernanda Cunha(Brasil) Hendrik Muerkens(Germany) Hakan Rydin(Sweden) Mike Nock(Australia) Atillio Zanchi(Italy)

§ Commercial | various appearances and recordings with:

Maren Ord
Jackie Richardson
Lester Quitzau
Jack Semple
Michael Burgess
Tim Williams
Samantha Fox
Dawn Tyler Watson
The Legendary Platters
The Shirelles
Bobby Curtola
Pierre Sabourin
(Francophone artist)
Jack de Keyzer

§ Theatre

2006-Musical:Guys&Dolls 2005-Musical:A Year with Frog & Toad 2004-2005 Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
1999-2001 Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
2001 Musical: Cabaret
2001 Musical: British Invasion
2002 Musical: Au Ceil Au Ceil (Fracophone Theatre)
2002 Musical: Charlie Brown
2003 Musical: The Chet Baker Story
2003 Musical: Grease


§ As Leader:

2003 The Sandro Dominelli Quintet: Café Varzé Jazz
2004 The Sandro Dominelli Quintet: Meet Me In The Alley

Live Recordings:

2001 - present CBC “Live” Recordings for French CBC
2004 CBC “Live” Recording: CKUA Sandro Dominelli Quartet
2003 CBC “Live” Recording: Dawn Tyler Watzon
2003 CBC “Live” Recording: Mose Allison
2002 CBC “Live” Recording: Sandro Dominelli Quartet
Featuring Ben Monder, Chris Tarry and Kent Sangster
2001 CBC “Live” Recording: Kent Sangster Quartet
1998 CBC “Live” Recording: Kent Sangster Quartet
1998 CBC “Live” Recording: Sandro Dominelli Sextet

§ Has also appeared on over 50 recordings.


Habana Jazz Festival 2004 (Cuba)
JUNOFest 2004 (Edmonton)
Western Canadian Music Week Festival (Regina)
Medicine Hat Jazz Festival
Toronto Jazz Festival
Halifax Jazz Festival
Jazz City International Music Festival (Edmonton)
Montreal Jazz Festival
Winnipeg Jazz Festival
Saskatoon Jazz Festival
Jazz Festival Calgary
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Victoria International Jazz Festival


§ Television | Featured performer/artist on:

2004 BravoTv
2004 CBC
2004 Shaw TV
2001 – 2004 A-Channel
2001 CBC French - World Games
2000 CFRN
1996 Shaw TV – with Kent Sangster Quartet

§ Radio | Featured performer/artist on:

1998 – 2004 CBC Radio
1997 – 2004 CKUA Radio
2000 – 2002 CJSR Radio