Hailed as “An Innovator” (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian jazz pianist Greg de Denus’ wide creative range, impressive technical ability, and uncompromisingly original improvisations have firmly established him as a creative force in the jazz and improvised music communities.
In March 2014 he released his eagerly awaited second album, Solo Piano Live at Gallery 345 on NYC’s Pet Mantis Records. The material finds the space where composition and improvisation meet, blending together elements of tonal, 20th century, and improvised music traditions into a cohesive whole. The album has been described as “a study in sonority that’s as beautiful as it is original” and the performance “as much Rachmaninoff as Bud Powell” (Whole Note Magazine).
Greg has performed at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, The Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Winnipeg Jazz Festivals, and is a regular at Toronto’s staple jazz club The Rex. He has played on dozens of award winning recordings as a sideman, most notably: Peter Lutek’s ENGINE, David Buchbinder’s Juno nominated Shurum Burum Jazz Circus, Barry Romberg’s National Jazz Award Nominated Random Access 3, and composer/arranger Shelly Berger, Look Up. He has been nominated as a Galaxie Rising Star (National Jazz Awards) and Emerging Artist of the Year (Distillery Jazz Festival).
Greg completed his formal training in 2002, graduating with honours from the Humber College Jazz Department. Greg’s primary teachers were Don Thompson and Brian Dickinson. Upon graduation Greg continued his professional development, travelling to New York City to study with Fred Hersch and Jim McNeely. From 2003-2005 Greg immersed himself in the study of classical piano, studying privately in the studio of I-Ping-Wang. Greg received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts Jazz Workshop in 2007, under the direction of Dave Douglas.
In addition to his busy playing career, Greg maintains an active private teaching studio. He is on faculty at the Humber College Introduction to Jazz and Community Music Departments. Greg is also a regular contributor to Canadian Musician Magazine.
Current ensemble projects include a Trio with bandmates Dan Fortin (bass) and Nick Fraser (Drums). A duo with Berlin based Saxophonist Peter Van Huffel and regular solo piano performances.