Event: Pete Johnston Quartet at The Emmet Ray
Date: February 17, 2020
Venue: The Emmet Ray
Start time: 9:30 PM
End time: 11:30 PM
Pete Johnston (bass), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Lina Allemano (trumpet), Jake Oelrichs (drums)
Peter Johnston was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada, and is the son of a high school music teacher and a Baptist Church pianist. He studied music composition and double bass at Dalhousie University, alternating scholarly endeavours with tours of North America as part of the Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra, with whom he won a Juno Award in 1999. After completing his studies at Dalhousie in 2000 Pete moved to Toronto and began working as a freelance musician, teacher and novel editor. Following several years in the part-time employment trenches, Pete returned to the academy, completing a Master’s degree in composition in 2005 and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in 2009, both at York University. As part of his doctoral research he spent the 2006/07 academic year in London, England, where he performed for Queen Elizabeth II. Since completing his Ph.D. Pete has resumed his work as a freelance bassist and music educator in Toronto, which includes performing regularly with the groups See Through Trio, Famous Wildlife Movies, and Aurochs, conducting the Toronto All-Star Big Band, and teaching at Ryerson University and Humber College. In 2011 Pete had the great fortune of being awarded a Chalmers Professional Development Grant from the Ontario Arts Council to study with renowned bassists Barre Phillips and Gary Peacock.
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