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Ken McDonald

Ken McDonald

Ken McDonald


Ken McDonald is a Toronto based jazz bassist and composer. Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, he started playing guitar at the age of 10 and cut his teeth in several rock and heavy metal groups throughout his teenage years. In the fall of 2003 he relocated to Toronto to pursue a degree in jazz performance at York University on guitar but it wasn't long until the upright bass became his new passion. "It's the instrument that I am most expressive with," says McDonald. Read more on Last.fm
Ken McDonald is a Toronto based jazz bassist and composer. Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, he started playing guitar at the age of 10 and cut his teeth in several rock and heavy metal groups throughout his teenage years. In the fall of 2003 he relocated to Toronto to pursue a degree in jazz performance at York University on guitar but it wasn't long until the upright bass became his new passion. "It's the instrument that I am most expressive with," says McDonald.

"I like that it's always present in the music and has a great rhythmic responsibility to the performance but is rarely the lead instrument. I love to solo, but I get more of a kick out of holding the band together." Ken completed his Bachelors degree in the summer of 2007 and started his Masters degree in composition (also at York) the following fall. During this time he wrote and recorded his debut album "The Master Plan". The album contains eight original songs and is performed by his working quartet Half Beat Mishap.

Ken also performs regularly with the Dan McKinnon Trio, Karen Ng, Robb Cappelletto, Arch Rockafeller and The Ken McDonald Trio. He has studied privately with some of Toronto's best jazz musicians including David Mott, Artie Roth, Roy Patterson and Andrew Downing. He has performed in several venues throughout Toronto and played the Markham Jazz Festival in the summer of 2008. Ken currently works at the Toronto Long and McQuade Music Education Center where he teaches guitar, upright bass and leads the Teen Rock School.

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