Barry Elmes is a mainstay of the Toronto jazz scene.

The drummer, composer, bandleader, educator and owner of the independent record label Cornerstone Records has become a fixture of Canadian jazz, appearing on more than 90 albums.

Along with playing and recording with the likes of Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson, Oliver Jones, Diana Krall and Dizzy Gillespie, Elmes has also led his own quintet for more than 30 years.

He started the band in 1991 with a “who’s who” of Canadian jazz. Six albums and countless performances later, the band recently took to the stage at The Rex for a four-night run to celebrate 30 years of great jazz.

Elmes joined us to look back on the past three decades of his career.