“…a refreshing mix of intelligent writing and impassioned playing…” All About Jazz
The last year has been one filled with exciting performances, travels and relationships. Chet Doxas’s new quartet has brought together some of the brightest voices on the New York jazz scene: Matt Stevens, Zack Lober and Eric Doob to perform his original compositions from their new release on Addo records, DIVE.
Guitarist Matt Stevens has been a standout member of trumpeter Christian Scott’s group for many years and successfully leads his own groups which record and tour throughout the world. “…with an impassioned sense of commitment, his solos (built) with a burning combination of inevitability and sheer unpredictability…”All About Jazz
Zack Lober is one of New York City’s most sought-after bassists and is often called upon for his exceptional abilities to perform original music. Zack can be heard playing in a variety of ensembles led by saxophonist/composer Dave Binney, Henry Threadgill, as well as his own group The Ancestry Project.
Eric Doob is a drummer who has garnered lot of attention from musicians and fans alike. His explosive playing is regularly called upon by saxophonist Miguel Zenon and Pequito de Rivera, among many others.
Since, June 2011, Chet has been a touring member of the multi-award winning, Sam Roberts Band, and recently he completed a tour and recording with Riverside, a group he co-leads with trumpet master Dave Douglas and that features the legendary bassist Steve Swallow and brother Jim Doxas (to come out in 2014).
Chet Doxas comes from an inspired musical background: at the age of twelve years old, Chet knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to music. He can still recall the life-changing moment when he first heard a Charlie Parker recording. Born and raised in Montreal, Chet and his brother Jim (drums) are now some of Canada’s most sought-after musicians. Still a teen, Chet played at Carnegie Hall and represented Canada in the EBU Jazz Orchestra, touring Europe and Asia. Other awards include “Le Prix d’Argent” presided over by Martial Solal in Switzerland and the Jeunesse Musicale Award which afforded him the opportunity to perform and record as a guest soloist throughout Europe with the Croatian National Radio Jazz Orchestra.
Chet received both a Bachelor’s (Jazz Performance) and Master’s degrees at McGill University and now is a faculty member at the same institution.
With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts he recorded his first CD as leader, “Sidewalk Etiquette” (Justin Time Records), and then spent a year in New York City studying with Mark Turner. It received much critical acclaim, including a 4-star review in Downbeat Magazine spot in “Best Discs of the Year”.
Chet’s last CD, “Big Sky” (Justin Time Records), won a JUNO nomination for Contemporary Jazz (2011). It featured Academy and Grammy award nominated guitarist, Ben Charest, Zack Lober on bass and Chet’s brother, Jim, on drums. Appearances followed at many of Canada’s major jazz festivals including Montreal’s, Vancouver’s and Ottawa’s.
Chet has recorded or performed alongside many great artists such as Oliver Jones, Guido Basso, Dave Douglas, John Abercrombie, Rufus Wainwright, Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Tim Hagans and Bill Stewart, on over 100 albums in all, but his own music is what truly inspires him to share his voice with audiences everywhere. Chet Doxas is also a RICO reeds artist.