Barry Romberg

After 42 years at the drums, Barry Romberg has established himself as one of Canada’s most unique drumset stylists. Since leaving York University’s music program (and studying drumset w/ Stan Perry & Pete Magadini) Barry has gone on to work with some of Canada’s finest musicians, lead his own groups, accompany international artists, and has been featured on over seventy recordings, including 18 as a leader/co-leader.  The Barry Romberg Group won the Alcan Jazz Competition (central region) in 1990; Barry won a Juno Award in 1991 for his participation in Brian Dickinson’s “In Transition” as well as eleven Juno nominations; from 2001 to 2012; with the likes of, Micheal Occhipinti, Chris Tarry, Nojo, Creation Dream, The Sicilian Jazz Project, Kirk Macdonald small group twice, the Kirk Macdonald Jazz Orchestra and Al Henderson. THE MRC TRIO a collective group that Barry co-led was nominated for Best Electric Band at the National Jazz Awards in 2003; Barry Romberg’s Random Access was also nominated for best electric group at the NJA in 2005/06/07/09. Random Access won Best Electric Group in 2008. Barry was also nominated for Drummer of the Year in 2006/07/08/09 at the NJA; And in 2008 The Random Access Large Ensemble was nominated for Best Big Band as well as Barry for Producer of the Year at the NJA. The CD by The Random Access Large Ensemble “Existential Detective” was nominated for a Juno Award in the Contemporary Jazz Recording category in 2009. Over the years Barry has worked with the likes of; Gil Evans, Hank Jones, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Don Pullen, Kenny Wheeler, Ritchie Bierach, Don Byron, Sam Rivers, Rez Abassi, Jeff Coffin, George Garzone, Joanne Brackeen, Sonny Greenwich, Bill Mays, Metalwood, Rick Margitza, Mark Turner, Kenny Drew Jr, Roswell Rudd, Mark Murphy, Carol Sloane, Mark Whitfield, Eric Alexander, NOJO, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Kirk McDonald, Dave Young, Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Moe Koffman, Bernie Senensky, Mike Murley, Lorne Lofsky, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell, Molly Johnson, Carol Wellsman, Guido Basso, Jeff Johnston, Hemispheres and The Shuffle Demons. Barry continues to freelance on drums, composes, teaches (currently on faculty at York University & Humber College) and is always getting involved in new projects. Besides leading Random Access, some of the more recent undertakings include; a new group INSIDE OUT with Lorne Lofsky and Kieran Overs, and an exciting collaboration The MRC TRIO, featuring Hugh Marsh. Barry is also a featured member of bands led by: Michael Occhipinti, Geoff Young, Kirk Macdonald, Lorne Lofsky and Al Henderson. Barry has also been the recipient of numerous Canada Council grants over the last 10 years supporting many different Romhog projects.