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Barry Romberg

Biography

BARRY ROMBERG (drummer) was born on July 24, 1959, and over the past four decades has established himself as one of Canada's most unique drum set stylists. After studying drums with Pete Magadini and Stan Perry at York University, Romberg has gone on to work with some of Canada's finest musicians, lead his own bands, accompany international artists, and has been featured on 60 recordings, including 10 as leader or co-leader.

He currently leads The Barry Romberg Group, Random Access, the Random Access Large Ensemble (RALE), and MRC with violinist Hugh Marsh and cellist Rufus Cappadocia), and is a member of ‘Inside Out’ with guitarist Lorne Lofsky and bassist Kieran Overs, as well as the collective ‘Three Sisters’ featuring Metalwood bassist Chris Tarry and guitarists Geoff Young and Daryl Jankhe.

Romberg has worked with a long list of notables including Gil Evans, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Don Pullen, Kenny Wheeler, Ritchie Bierach, Don Byron, Sam Rivers, George Garzone, Joanne Brackeen, Sonny Greenwich, Bill Mays, Metalwood, Rick Margitza, Mark Turner, Ray Anderson, Kenny Drew Jr., Roswell Rudd, Mark Murphy, Mark Whitfield, Eric Alexander, NOJO, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Moe Koffman, Bernie Senensky, Mike Murley, John MacLeod, Lorne Lofsky, Peter Appleyard, Molly Johnson, Carol Wellsman, Reg Schwager, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Jeff Johnston, Hemisphere, and The Shuffle Demons. He has toured across Canada and internationally innumerable times with leading lights of the music world including Dave Young, Vector, Steve Holt, Al Henderson, Stephan Bauer, Michael Occhipinti, Matius Lupri, Creation Dream, NOJO, Chris Tarry, the MRC Trio, Sam Rivers, Don Byron, Inside Out, and Nancy Walker.

Barry Romberg continues to freelance on drums, compose, produce, manage his successful Romhog Recording label which, since it was established in 2002, now has a dozen CDs in its catalogue, and teach on the Jazz Studies faculties at York University and Humber College.

Awards:
1990 - Winner (The Barry Romberg Group) of the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s Alcan Jazz Competition (Central Region)
1991 - JUNO Award Winner for participation in Brian Dickinson’s ‘In Transition’
2001 - JUNO Award Nominee for participation in Michael Occhipinti’s ‘Songs of Bruce Cockburn’ (Creation Dream project)
2002 - JUNO Award Nominee for participation in Chris Tarry’s ‘Battles of Unknown Mysteries’
2003 - Romberg-led MRC Trio (Barry Romberg on drums, violinist Hugh Marsh, cellist Rufus Cappadocia) nominated as National Jazz Awards’ Best Electric Group
2003 - JUNO Award Nominee for participation in NOJO’s ‘Highwire’
2005 - Barry Romberg’s ‘Random Access’ nominated as National Jazz Awards’ Best Electric Group
2005 - JUNO Award Nominee for participation in NOJO’s ‘City of Neighborhoods’
2006 - Barry Romberg’s ‘Random Access’ nominated as National Jazz Awards’ Best Electric Group
2006 - JUNO Award Nominee for participation in NOJO’s ‘Shurum Burum Jazz Circus
2007 - Barry Romberg’s ‘Random Access’ nominated as National Jazz Awards’ Best Electric Group
2008 - JUNO Award Nominee for participation in Michael Occhipinti’s ‘Creation Dream’
2008 - Barry Romberg’s ‘Random Access’ won as National Jazz Awards’ Best Electric Group
2008 - Nominated as National Jazz Awards’ Producer of the year
2008 - Barry Romberg’s ‘Random Access Large Ensemble’ nominated as National Jazz Awards’ Best Big Band
2009 – Barry Romberg’s Random Access Large Ensemble – “Existential Detective” nominated for Juno for Contemporary Jazz Recording
2009 – Nominated as Best Electric Group – Random Access at National Jazz Awards
2009 – Nominated as Drummer of the Year – National Jazz Awards