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Sev’s Cellar – Richard Underhill

theBorderline 31 March 2022 958 127 4

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Richard Underhill, Juno award saxophonist, knows how to have some serious fun, which only partly explains his visit to Sev’s Cellar.

As the founding member of jazz fusion band the Shuffle Demons, formed in 1984, Richard took the bop’n’rap ensemble from the streets of Toronto onto numerous tours of Canada and Europe, and to festivals in 25 countries including the USA, India, China, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The Shuffle Demons once held the Guinness World Record for most sax players (930) on a song. He has performed and recorded with giants in the industry like the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, The Meters, Blue Rodeo and also with a long, very impressive list of Canadian musicians.

While the Shuffle Demons recently recorded a new record, Richard also leads several diverse groups including his jazz quintet, the Funk Explosion, and the improvising electronic groove ensemble Astrogroove. He also leads an improvising/free-jazz group, whose members vary but are mostly horn players, called The Kensington Community Orchestra.

And here’s a kicker, Richard Underhill ran for Toronto mayor in 2014.


“SEV’S CELLAR” // with Sev Micron

A classically trained musician with a penchant for the punk music. Sev has played in numerous bands, on keyboards, drums and voice. Tulpa, with John Bottomley, holds a special place and so do the rock punkers, Throbbin’ Hoods. Sneaking up on 40 years of experience in a variety of mediums, Sev Micron engineers Muzicare Productions and has produced a good number of indie artists. Songwriting is another of Sev’s many and considerable talents.

And it wouldn’t be right to not mention that Sev loves animals, dogs especially (hi Bela), and that cooking is a forte! Peace and love are big fans, too.

“Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.”

charlie parker

Shuffle Demons & Richard Underhill

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