- B. of Music Degree: Jazz and Contemporary Music Program
Colin Sankey is a prolific bassist, composer, arranger, and music instructor from Vancouver, B.C. In 2016, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at Vancouver Community College.
During his tenure at VCC, Colin earned several Jury Awards, the Fred Bass Scholarship, and the Shannon Vincent Memorial Scholarship. He played in the Classic Jazz Ensemble, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the New Westminster District Jazz Band.
As a bassist, he has backed some of the most prolific classical, jazz, and rock musicians in Vancouver, including three-time JUNO Nominee Francois Houle, Jason Nett, Steve Danielsen, John Korsrud, Bryan Deans and the Plastic Acid Orchestra, and Hugh Fraser. He recently appeared as a sideman on DJ Sanj’s “I Will Make You Famous” TV show.
Colin leads a band called Air Stranger, with whom he has composed and arranged dozens of songs, including original compositions and reworks of classic funk and rock hits. His compositional style is characterized by lush harmonies, infectious grooves, and catchy horn lines.
He also performs as bassist for classic rock/blues/funk cover band Eleven09, with whom he has also recorded bass for an upcoming release. But his versatility extends into the realm of jazz as he plays the upright and electric basses for the Noriko Jazz Trio, with whom he recorded the bass parts for an EP consisting of reworks of jazz standards.