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Ken Lister

A professional jazz bassist and teacher for over 40 years, Ken Lister has played, recorded and toured with some of the top

musicians in the jazz world, playing on two Juno Award-winning recordings; one with Hugh Fraser’s Quintet in 1997, and

again with Phil Dwyer’s Orchestra in 2011.

Having started his career in the Vancouver music scene in the 1980s, Ken now lives on Vancouver Island, teaching and

performing with many great local musicians. He maintains a connection with the Vancouver scene, which often finds him

playing with visiting greats from New York City and elsewhere.


Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Album - 1997 (with Hugh Fraser Quintet) Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, 2012 (with Phil Dwyer Orchestra)


Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic



Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Teaching private bass lessons since 1985. Bass instructor at Vancouver Island University since 2003.

Ray Brown
bass, acoustic
Jimmy Garrison
bass, acoustic
Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic
Sam Jones
bass, acoustic
Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Paul Chambers
bass, acoustic


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Day By Day

Cellar Live


Phil Dwyer...

Alma Records



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