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Artie Roth


ARTHUR (ARTIE) ROTH (bassist, composer, bandleader, educator) was born on May 2, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario. He has been active as a composer, bandleader, performer, and educator on the national and international jazz scenes since his graduation from York University in 1992. He was awarded the prestigious Oscar Peterson Scholarship at York University and two Canada Council grants for study in New York City in 1993 and 1997.

Since returning to Toronto, Roth has established himself as a busy composer and performer. As a sideman, he has recorded on more than 35 CDs, some of them Award-winning. He has toured extensively, performing in theatres, festivals, and other jazz venues regionally, nationally and internationally, with artists and ensembles including jazz vocalist Melissa Stylianou, the Sean Bray Quartet, the Rez Abassi Quartet, the Greg Runions Sextet featuring Kenny Wheeler, the Lynne Arriale Trio, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band in Germany, and the Steve Koven Trio in Mexico and Colombia, Anita O’Day, Curtis Fuller, and Marcus Belgrave. He is currently part of Kollage – The Rhythm Section and is featured on their debut recording.

Roth has been the featured bassist in three individual Sound of Toronto Jazz Concerts at the Ontario Science Centre since the mid ‘90s – as a member of the Sean Bray & Michael Occhipinti Trio on December 18, 1995, with Melissa Stylianou on February 12, 2001, and in the John Roney Trio on March 4, 2002.

In addition to his active composing, band leading, and playing career, Artie Roth is a dedicated jazz educator who is currently on the faculty at York University as Bass Instructor.

In 2014, Roth released Currently Experiencing, which features saxophonist Mike Filice, guitarist Geoff Young, and drummer Anthony Michelli.

2003 – Bassist on Richard Underhill’s Tales From the Blue Lounge JUNO Award Winner
2004 – Bassist on Rockit 88’s Too Much Fun JUNO Award Nominee
2005 – National Jazz Awards Nominee as ‘Bassist of the Year’