Active on the music scene for over twenty-five years and considered "clearly in Canada's top ranks" (Toronto Star), Jeff Johnston has performed and recorded with many of the worlds best, including John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Don Alias, Archie Shepp, and Slide Hampton. His music has been described by critics as "outstanding in every way" (Globe and Mail) and "music at the contemporary cutting edge...immensely and immediately satisfying" (Jazz Times Magazine). He has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe including the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and as a regular at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council, FACTOR, Heritage Canada and The Quebec Arts Council, Johnston in 1984 received the prestigious R. Murray Shafer award for composition. He has twice been nominated for both the Juno Awards and the East Coast Music Awards. Johnston honed his craft in New York City under the tutelage of renowned composer and pianist Richard Beirach (1984-1990). Now based in Montreal, Johnston divides his time between teaching, performing and composing music for film. His new trio cd "Returning" will be released in 2013.