Daron McColl Trio is a fairly new group in the Toronto scene comprised of York University undergraduate students; Daron McColl on Guitar, Christopher Goncalves on Upright Bass and Jon Catanus on Drums. The group’s main focus is about interaction between the members as they tell a story, and take the listener to new places in the music. With repertoire ranging from traditional jazz formatted songs, to free exploratory improvisation. Much of the music in this group is original, written by the members of the trio. The group is heavily influenced by the music of Keith Jarrett, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Gilad Hekselman. As well as Toronto based musician such as Artie Roth and Robi Botos. Recently the trio was featured on Jazz FM on the program “Jazzology” where one of their original compositions was played. As well the trio was featured as a special performer for Music Ontario’s “Tune Up Toronto” at the Jazz Bistro.
Christopher Goncalves is a Toronto born bass player who completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music at York University and is now currently pursuing his Teaching Degree. He began his musical journey on piano and switched his passion to electric bass in 2008. In 2011 he began playing both the guitar and upright bass, making the upright his main instrument of study during his university career. Chris has played in many musical settings such as jazz ensembles, acoustic duos and indie-rock and metal bands. Chris has played in many locations across Toronto from larger stages such as the Mod Club to private events as background music.
Jon Catanus is an emerging young talent who is known as a versatile drummer, excelling in many different styles – Jazz, Rock, RnB, and more. In addition to the Brandon Sisco Quartet, Jon regularly plays in various exciting small groups and large ensembles, including the Jazz/RnB band FOMA and the post/prog/math rock band, Silus. He has performed in many different musical contexts and venues such as The Rex, Gate 403, The Silver Dollar and the Bier Markt. Already an accomplished classical pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Jon brings a rare musicality to his drumming, inspired by the likes of Tony Williams, Ed Thigpen and Jeff Hamilton. He studies jazz drums and music education at York University, where he has learned from some of the greatest players in Toronto and abroad, including Anthony Michelli, Dennis Mackrel, Artie Roth, Frank Falco, Barry Elmes, and Ron Westray. Jon currently holds the principal drum chair in YUJO.
Daron McColl is a Canadian Jazz Guitarist and Composer. He recently completed his BFA at York University where he studied Jazz Performance and Composition. During his time at York, Daron studied under many jazz greats such as Lorne Lofsky, Mark Eiseman, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, and Barry Elmes.
An experienced performer, Daron has worked in many different musical settings, from Jazz Duo performances to Pop and Motown groups, as well as work in Musical Theater, performing in pit bands for musical such as Footloose, The Spitfire Grill and The Boyfriend. Daron has performed in and around Toronto and Muskoka at events such as Concerts on the Dock, the Huntsville Festival of The Arts, and the York University Jazz Festival. He has played in venues such as Paradise Banquet Hall, the Algonquin Theater, Rene Caisse Theater, Deerhurst Resort and The Jazz Bistro.
Daron has received many awards for his work in music, including the Trillium Dixieland Jazz Award for outstanding achievement in jazz performance in 2012, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Award in 2014, as well as the Harvey-Marsden Music Award for achieving artistic excellence at a University level (2016). Daron was also nominated for Jazz FM’s Mary Alice Stuart Award which is given to an outstanding emerging jazz artists who are completing their studies at University.
During Daron’s final year at York University, he received three awards: the Duke Ellington Award in Jazz (2017), the Ella Fitzgerald Award for Jazz Performance (2017), and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship (2017). All these awards were for his excellence as an artist and performer.