Redline Trio brings to life an attitude of a bygone era with a modern perspective.
Since 2016, Redline Trio has been featured weekly at Betty Lou’s Library, an award-winning speakeasy in downtown Calgary. They have presented concerts at the National Music Centre (King Eddy), cSPACE, artsPlace (Canmore) , and the Ironwood stage and grill. They have featured various renowned guest artists, including Juno-winners Brandi Disterheft, Brad Turner and David Braid, New York pianist Steve Hudson, poets Shari-D Wilson and Quincy Troupe, as well as vocalists Allison Lynch and Kate Melvina.
In May 2019, with assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Redline Trio recorded their debut cd at the Banff Centre for the Arts featuring guest NY pianist Steve Hudson, garnering two 2020 YYC Music Awards nominations; Best jazz recording and Group of the year. Redline Trio has been featured in the JazzYYC All-Canadian Jazz Festival, Theatre 1308 Bright Side Festival, and has future invitations to perform at Havana Jazz Plaza, and the Medicine Hat and Edmonton International Jazz Festivals.
Drummer Jeff Sulima has taken his musicianship across the ocean, holding down residencies in Europe and Asia. A consummate accompanist, Jeff can deftly shape the turn of a phrase with his nuanced percussive palate, and just as easily light the room on fire with his thundering mallets and driving kick drum.
Bassist Stephen Shepard loves to explore musically. His compelling sound draws in listeners and fellow musicians alike, while his creativity on and off the bandstand gives Redline Trio a foundation of epic yet elastic proportions.
Saxophonist Mark DeJong has travelled around the globe and those experiences inform his reverence for tradition while balancing the adventurousness of a trailblazer. His saxophone wails, roars and cajoles listeners to dive deep.