Ian Wright
2010 Honour Combo A
2010 Summer Jazz Workshop

Ian Wright is an exceptionally talented young drummer. He plays with a maturity and expressiveness that is rare in young musicians. Tasteful, dynamic and exciting are all words I would use to describe his playing. Heʼs definitely one of my favʼs when it comes to the current crop of young drummers on the scene today.” – Mark Kelso

Ian Wright, from Belleville, Ontario, began playing drums at age nine and has since distinguished himself as an up and coming drummer on the Canadian scene. Ian attended the Humber College Community Music School program throughout high school and recently graduated from Humber’s Bachelor of Music program where he was awarded the school’s most prestigious honour, the Oscar Peterson Prize.  He performs locally, nationally and internationally with various groups and artists including: Autobahn, I Double You, Hawksley Workman, David Occhipinti Trio, Nancy Walker Quintet, Shannon Gunn Quartet, Mara & The Marigold, CADE, Midcoast, and the Andrew McAnsh Quintet.  Ian Wright has had the opportunity to study with drummers Ethan Ardelli, Fabio Ragnelli, Barry Romberg, Bob McLaren, Steve Mancuso, Ted Warren, Mark Kelso and Larnell Lewis. Ian has received numerous awards and accolades throughout high school and college including selection as the 2011 Prince Edward County Jazz Festival Rising Young Star and for the 2012 Ottawa Jazz Festival Youth Summit where he received the Galaxie Music Rising Star Scholarship.  In 2013, Ian participated in the Banff Centre’s world renowned International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and will be returning to the Banff Centre in March 2015, to take part in the 2015 Winter Musicians Residency.  Along the way, Ian has had the opportunity to study and perform with many jazz luminaries including Danilo Perez, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley, John Surman and Francois Houle.