Jeff Johnston Trio

Jeff JohnstonFriday, April 26, 2013
7:30 pm, $20  – cash at the door or for advanced purchase by credit card call 613-729-0693
Jeff Johnston – piano
Fraser Hollins  – bass
Richard Irwin – drums

Jeff Johnston Trio enraptures the audience – ‘It was a night where the music flowed out over the audience, and they responded with rapt attention. The show consisted of originals from the new album,Returning, plus several interesting standards, played intensely and melodically in a way that made full use of the quietness and excellent acoustics of GigSpace.”  May 10/13 read full article at

“Jeff Johnston returns to his trio’s musical roots and then moves forward with his new album  – Even in jazz circles, where longevity is rewarded, Montreal pianist Jeff Johnston has created and nurtured some exceptionally long-standing musical relationships. Together with Jim Vivian on bass and Michael Billard on drums, he released a new CD last month. On Friday, Johnston will premiere the CD in Ottawa at a concert at GigSpace. That show will demonstrate another longstanding relationship, since his Montreal trio – Fraser Hollins on bass and Richard Irwin on drums – will be replacing Vivian and Billard. And if that trio doesn’t have quite the same seniority, Johnston has still been playing with Hollins for a decade and Irwin for at least five years.”  April 2013  Read full article:

JEFF JOHNSTON –  Active on the music scene for over twenty years and considered “clearly in Canada’s top ranks” (Toronto Star), jazz pianist Jeff Johnston has performed and recorded with many of the worlds best, including John Abercrombie, Don Alias, Shirley Eikhard, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Archie Shepp, and many more. His music has been described by critics as “outstanding in every way” and “Canadian jazz at it’s best” (Globe and Mail). He has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe including the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and as a regular at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

The recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council, FACTOR, Heritage Canada and The Quebec Arts Council, Johnston has twice been nominated for both the Juno Awards and the East Coast Music Awards.

Johnston honed his craft in New York City under the tutelage of renowned composer and pianist Richard Beirach. Now based in Montreal, Johnston is on faculty at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

Jeff Johnston CDHis new cd  RETURNING explores the more lyrical and meditative aspects of his music.

Already being hailed as Johnston’s best work to date, RETURNING was released in March, 2013 and is available at, and