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Way North CD Release

Following up on their critically acclaimed first album Kings County, this new album finds the band serving up a similar roots stew, even more heavily weighted toward street-beats and dance rhythms. The front line’s collective improvising and conversational rhythmic approach brings to mind  both modern jazz and roots music, two styles that have more in common than one might think.  Way North’s sound fits the vibe at folk house concerts and jazz festivals – something few bands can say.

CD release shows:
November 2018
5 – Toronto, ON – The Rex
6 – Toronto, ON –The Rex
7 – Ottawa, ON – The National Arts Centre
8 – Montreal, QC – Resonance Cafe
10 – Quebec City, QC – Maelstrøm Saint-Roch
11 – Kingston, ON – Kingston Jazz Society
January 2019
6 – Halifax, NS – Open Waters Festival
14 – Toronto, ON – The Emmet Ray
15 – Victoria, BC – tbc
16 – Nanaimo, BC – Quadwrangle Music at the Lighthouse Bistro
17 – Vancouver, BC – Frankie’s
18 – Edmonton, AB – The Yardbird Suite
19 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment

Way North CD release Tour

Way North CD Release Tour

May 28th// the Rex Hotel Toronto
May 29th// a house concert in Kingston (contact me for details)
May 30th// Silence in Guelph

Way North is the best kind of musical collaboration – one born out of the joy of playing together. Formed by two Brooklynites, JUNO nominated saxophonist Petr Cancura (Down Home) and drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea) and two Torontonians, bassist Michael Herring (Peripheral Vision) and trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy (Women’s Blues Revue bandleader/Hobson’s Choice), the band brings together four musicians who love to use jazz and improvisation as a means of exploring folk and world music. They will be performing in Southern Ontario, May 2015, to launch their new disk, Kings County. You can hear the influences of a wide range of folk genres, including the blues, old-time, Balkan, Brazilian and Calypso.

Recorded in one day at Tedesco in New Jeresy, Kings County finds Way North at its spontaneous best. A collaboration of two Toronto musicians, and two Brooklyn musicians, Way North uses improvisation to explore the influences of folk musics on modern jazz.

Way North Album is here!


Way North is a new collective band using jazz and improvisation to explore the blues and folk music. You can hear the influence of the Balkans, New Orleans, and Americana. Way North brings together two Toronto musicians (Michael Herring – bass, and Rebecca Hennessy – trumpet) with two Brooklyn musicians (Petr Cancura – saxophone, clarinet, and Richie Barshay – drums)

The official CD release is at the Rex on May 27th and 28th. In the meantime, take a listen below!

Way North album!

Michael Herring and I have just finished mixing and mastering (with Jean Martin) a new recording that we made while living in Brooklyn
this past winter/spring. The album features Petr Cancura-tenor, Richie Barshay-drums, Michael Herring-bass and myself-trumpet and compositions by all four of us. It was recorded beautifully in New Jersey at Tedesco Studios. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Come back soon for more info on this!Leaf