Toronto-born jazz bassist Artie Roth is a composer, bandleader, performer and educator who has been active nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Commensurate with completing his undergraduate (1992 with the Oscar Peterson Scholarship) and masters degree in musical composition (2015) at York University, Artie enriched his education with two Canada Council sponsored study tenures in New York City in 1993 and 1997. He has resided in Toronto for over 20 years establishing himself as one of the busiest, full-time composer/performers in Toronto and is recorded on over 60 full length recordings, including Rich Underhill's 2003 JUNO award winning "Tales From The Blue Lounge" and 2007 JUNO nominated "Kensington Suite", Sophie Milman's JUNO nominated debut CD and Rockit 88's 2004 JUNO nominated "Too Much Fun". As a bandleader, bassist and composer, Artie has three recordings "Parallels"(2005), "Currently Experiencing" (2013) and "Discern" (2015). As well as leading his own group, Artie is also an active member of, and contributing composer for Tunetown, The Rich Underhill Group, The Bob Brough Quartet and Kollage. His contributions have been acknowledged through a National Jazz Award Bassist of the Year nomination and featured artist of the week on Jazz FM 91.1's website and programming. In tandem with his active composer/band-leading and freelance career, Artie currently holds the position of Bass Instructor and ensemble coach at York University and Centennial College.

Artie has toured extensively, performing in theatres, festivals and jazz venues and giving masterclasses as a clinician at universities nationally and internationally. Artie's overseas engagements have included performances with The Artie Roth Quartet in Serbia and Croatia, the Richard Underhill Quintet in Mexico, Kollage in Barbados and Antigua, The Shuffle Demons in Europe and Scandinavia, The Steve Koven Trio in Mexico and Columbia and The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band in Germany. Tours in the U.S.A. have included performances with The Greg Runions Sextet featuring Kenny Wheeler and The Lynne Arriale Trio. On a national level, Artie's touring has included cross Canada tours with his own group, The Bob Brough Quartet, Chris Wallace's Many Names, The Rich Underhill Quintet, The Marcus Belgrave and Curtis Fuller Quintet, jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou, The Sean Bray Quartet and The Rez Abassi Quartet. From beginnings recording and co-writing in the late eighties alternative music scene in Toronto, Artie debuted as a Jazz composer with the ballad "Mountain", recorded and performed with legendary Jazz Flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, on The Greg Runions Sextet 1994 CD release "But Not Forgotten". Artie's three recordings as leader exclusively showcase his range as a composer, with eight self-penned works per recording. As the bassist for Tunetown, he penned half the new trio compositions on their recent 2019 release "There From Here" and 2021 "Entering Utopia". For Kollage, he was commissioned by the late great drummer Archie Alleyne to write two piano trio compositions, "The Other Foot" and "The Wrong Foot", which he recorded with Alleyne and internationally renowned pianist Robi Botos on Kollage's 2009 CD release "The Rhythm". Additionally, these arrangements have been incorporated into the post-secondary educational repetoire/curriculum of numerous student Jazz Ensembles and composition courses at York University, The University of Toronto and Humber College.
 

Projects


TUNETOWN

Formed in 2015, TuneTown is a trio collective of Kelly Jefferson (Tenor Saxophone/Composer), Artie Roth (Bassist/Composer), and Ernesto Cervini (Drummer/Composer) committed to the composition, development, recording and performance of new acoustic improvised music, written and performed exclusively by and for the members of the group. We debuted with "There From Here" (2019) performing extensively around Ontario (including numerous Jazz festivals) and an eastern Canadian CD release tour.

In 2021 we released our sophomore album "Entering Utopia" on Three Pines Records. The album has received rave reviews across the globe including a glowing review in top jazz magazine, Jazz Times and already has over 10,000 Spotify streams.

THE BOB BROUGH QUARTET

The Bob Brough Quartet is a Toronto-based modern jazz with Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on acoustic bass, and Terry Clarke - Order of Canada - on drums and percussion. In 2008, this group produced the most recent of 3 CDs, 'Time Away." and 2 other recordings, "A Decade of Favorites" in 2003 and "Like a Spring Day" in 2005 with vocalist Carol McCartney and Canadian lyricist Sonja Tran. All 3 CDs reached #1 on the Canadian University campus jazz charts, Chart Attack and Earshot and can be heard often on JazzFM91, CBC, and various other media platforms. We are returning to the studio in 2021 for our fourth studio recording "Remember The Future" to be produced by legendary Canadian producer and drummer, Barry Elmes, for the Canadian Jazz label "Cornerstone Records."