Cole Birney-Stewart

Bassist, Composer, Bandleader, Educator

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  • MAY 876 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1V7 Canada (map)

The Massive Gravity Octet is a modern jazz group co-led by John Nicholson (woodwinds) and Andrew Thomson (Drums). The group plays original music that has its foundation rooted in the Jazz tradition but is wide-ranging and progressive, pulling influences from Indian Carnatic music to rock and modern classical. The members of the band are from all over Canada, but half the group now lives in Toronto and the other half in Montreal.


Meghan Gillespy – vocals

John Nicholson – tenor sax/compositions

Paul Tarussov – trombone

Patrick O’reilly – guitar

Matt Choboter – piano

Cole Birney- Stewart – double bass

Andrew Thomson – drums/compositions