Who We Are

Brian Hayman – Piano / Leader

brian-haymanGetting in the Groove represents a synthesis of Brian’s varied experience as a metallurgist in a steel company, an executive in a financial services organization, an organizational consultant in a global professional service firm, an adult educator, a jazz pianist and, above all, someone with an abiding interest in how people, individually and collectively, learn. These vocational and avocational interests have come together in a business venture, Getting in the Groove, that explores jazz as an improvisational art form and its implications for organizational, institutional and community change, innovation and learning.

Tel: 905-844-2182      Email: brian@gettinginthegroove.com

Kevin Barrett – Guitar

kevin-barrettKevin is an accomplished performer, studio musician and band leader who has studied with the likes of Lorne Lofsky, Roddy Ellias and Rob Pilch. He has been widely recognized for his experience in a wide variety of styles and combos. While he is primarily a jazz musician and has worked with artists such as singers Molly Johnson and Julie Michels, his distinctive guitar sounds have been sought out by dub poet Lillian Allen and Canadian folk stars Cindy Church and Arlene Mantle.



Chris Banks – Bassist

chris-banksChris Banks graduated form the Mohawk College applied music program in 1993 after which he moved to Toronto where he began freelancing career as a performing, touring and recording musician. While much in demand as a jazz bassist, he works in the pop music field where he has toured with Sarah Slean and recorded with Hayden. Chris has lived and performed in Seoul, South Korea and Dubai.



Tim Shia – Drums

tim-shiaFor whatever reason, as a sideman, Tim Shia has had the privilege of performing alongside a number of great Canadian and International musicians, including Juno and Grammy winners. From Canadian jazz darlings like Rich Underhill and Elizabeth Shepherd to international pop artists like Jason Chan, Shameem and Quique Escamilla. Surprisingly, his own group, the Worst Pop Band Ever, has also had it’s fair share of success being featured on CBC, All About Jazz, torontojazz.com, JazzFM, NOW magazine, Canadian Musician, etc. As a composer, Tim has produced music for the CBC, NFB, UN, Teletoon and even Disney. This has all happened despite the fact he doesn’t know how to use a comb.


Colleen Allen – Alto, Tenor and Soprano Sax, Flute, Clarinet and Accordion

collen-allenA multi talented musician, Colleen Allen makes her magic on alto, tenor and soprano sax, as well as the flute clarinet and accordion. Known for her skill and presence on stage, she is currently a member of Molly Johnson’s band and has performed with a diverse array of artists such as Anne Murray, Holly Cole, Shirley Eikhard, Rita MacNeil, Gino Vanelli, John McDermott, Ani DiFranco and Cirque de Soleil. Colleen Allen is known as much for her charismatic stage presence as she is for her remarkable ease in fostering a collaborative spirit while playing with others. What makes Colleen so popular with other players and leaders is her “deep listening,” She plays with a beautiful simplicity and lends a keen ear to collaboration with her fellow musicians.


Rob Somerville – Trombone

rob-somervilleRob, a graduate of the Mohawk College jazz program, is a member of a number of well-known jazz bands including those of Dave McMurdo, Phil Nimmons, John McLeod and the Matt Dusk horn band. He has performed with many outstanding Canadian jazz artists such as Peter Appleyard, Bernie Senensky, Mike Murley, and Kenny Wheeler. Rob has also backed a variety of artists including Manhattan Transfer, The Temptations, Paul Anka, The Four Tops, Roger Daltry, Regis Philbin, Bob Newhart, and Don Rickles. He teaches part time at Mohawk College and McMaster University and is an active freelance player in recording studios.



Brandi Disterheft – Bassist

brandi-disterheftBrandi Disterheft (bassist, composer) was born in Vancouver in 1980. Brandi is considered one of the fastest rising stars in the jazz world both nationally and internationally. She began performing alongside her mother, pianist Fran Jarre in her teens and possesses a very unique rhythmic and physical style. She counts Charles Mingus and Bjork among her influences. Brandi has studied with Oscar Peterson, Don Thompson, Danilo Perez and currently Ron Carter in New York. Her performances include opening for Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck and Chris Botti and her travels have taken her throughout Europe, Asia and North America including the prestigious Carnegie Hall.