The Beeched Wailers
Trumpeter Nicholas Dyson performs regularly with The Beeched Wailers, Prime Rib Big Band, Los Gringos, Bank Street Bonbons, and Mackenzie Rhythm Section. Nicholas has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and in the pit orchestras of many musical theatre shows like Book of Mormon and Motown The Musical.
Nicholas has also worked with Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Kim Massie, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson, Dan Mangan, and Broken Social Scene.
Nicholas founded and directed Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra 2009-2019, is an in-demand private instructor in trumpet, harmony and improvisation, is a Carleton University Jazz Camp faculty member, and hosts Trumpet Bootcamp at Alcorn Music Studios.
Saxophonist Tyler Harris has been part of the Ottawa jazz scene since arriving fresh from the flatlands of Saskatchewan 12 years ago, where his formative years were buried in the music department of the University of Saskatchewan.
Steeped in classical flute traditions, big band jazz, and funk saxophone, Ty now plays regularly with the Jivewires, The Beeched Wailers, Disco Inferno, and stands in with a host of other local groups. Ty has worked with diverse acts ranging from the Temptations and the Skydiggers to Jim Bryson and Broken Social Scene, and has been part of Mike Essoudry’s Mashed Potato Mashers, Steve Guerin’s Superband, and Inshallha. He has also toured all over Canada and the United States with the Mashers, and as part of Mark Ferguson and the Holly Laroque Orchestra.
Tyler has also recorded on numerous albums, both as sideman and part of groups, including with the Jivewires, Matt Ouimet, Tyler Kealey, the Skydiggers, and other Ottawa music dudes.
Guitarist Alex Tompkins received his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2012 from Carleton University where he graduated with highest honours. Alex has performed at several music festivals including Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville Jazz Festival and the Buckingham Jazz Festival.
Current projects include The Beeched Wailers and Trouble Clef band, which released its first EP in 2013. Alex also performs regularly throughout the Ottawa and Gatineau area in trio and duo contexts with a wide variety of musicians. Alex has been teaching guitar for the last 9 years, and currently teaches at Long and McQuade Kanata.
Multi-instrumentalist Keith Hartshorn-Walton relocated to Ottawa in 2015 and has established himself in the City's Jazz scene specialising in Tuba, Sousaphone, Electric and Acoustic Bass.
Originally from Winnipeg, Keith toured extensively with the Foothills Brass Quintet. He has performed with Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Quinsin Nachoff, as well as orchestras in Edmonton, Calgary, Oshawa and Kingston. In the spring of 2018 he was part of Rob Frayne's Dreamband 3 with musicians from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
In Ottawa he can be found in bands as diverse as The Bank Street Bonbons, Safe Low Limit (an all-bass clef jazz group), Linsey Wellman's Wedding and Funeral Trio, and particularly Mélanie E., a quartet featuring his wife Mélanie Hartshorn-Walton on French Jazz vocals.
As a bassist he has performed with the Beeched Wailers (becoming a full time member in 2019) Mark Ferguson, Alex Moxon, Zakari Frantz, Peter Hum, Stephen Berndt, Tim Bedner and Steve Boudreau. Keith is also part of two monthly jazz series with Tariq Amery and Garrett Warner at Ottawa's Art House Café and also has hosted the monthly Jazz in Barrhaven series at Anabia Cupcakery.
In addition, Keith is music director and organist at Wall Street United Church in Brockville. He received his Doctorate of Music from McGill University in 2010, and has studied with Dennis Miller and Mark Tetreault, and McGill and the University of Toronto, respectively.
Drummer Michel Delage earned a diploma in jazz performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Since completing his studies, Michel has been very active as a freelance musician in Ottawa. Known for his versatile and adventurous jazz playing Michel is very in demand in the Ottawa jazz community. When Michel is not playing jazz, you can find him playing with rock duo Riishi Von Rex, and Funk/Soul band Old Stereo.