JR: The Bassman Cometh (2001), Live On Planet Bop (2002), Detour (2005), An Abominable Christmas (2006), Groovespeak (2007), The Red Arrow (2011)
Tell me about being a musician here in the tricities and Guelph …
JR: I’m very lucky to be doing what I love for a living. I enjoy teaching, playing and recording and there is a lot of opportunity to explore these things in the KW-Guelph area.
With independent bands flooding SW Ontario, what does it take to stand out?
JR: I just try to stay true to my music. I don’t want to play music that I don’t love. I hope that shows in our performances. Also, there aren’t that many bass players leading bands, so I think that helps us stand out a bit.
Everyone hates the genre box. If I was to stuff you into one, what would it be?
JR: I think we’d best be described as funky jazz.
The Registry is an incredible theatre. Tell me about this show.
JR: I’m super excited about the show. We’ll be performing a retrospective on the music of 70′s fusion pioneers Weather Report. It’s challenging music to play, but so much fun. I’ll be performing with a great band featuring Brent Rowan on sax, Rob Hannam on keys and Adam Bowman on drums.
Does this have anything to do with being on Friday the 13th?
JR: I hope not!
You’ve performed for so long, so often. What are some of your favourite gig stories?
JR: There’s so many! One time in London, I thought my bass was in the car, only to realize when we got to the gig that it wasn’t. Thankfully, I was able to rent one. That was a close call!
A new musician wants your advice. What is it?
JR: Play what you love and practice.
Tell me about your short term plans for the summer.
We’ll be performing a lot throughout the summer including June 2nd at the The Jazz Room in Waterloo and June 16th at the Barrie Jazz Festival.