An engaging, lyrical saxophonist, Mike Murley is one of Canada’s finest jazz talents and one of the most versatile players on the scene today. A multiple National Jazz Award winner, he has appeared on eleven Juno Award winning recordings since the release of his 1991 "Two Sides" CD. Murley’s septet release, "Still Rollin’" was nominated for a 2011 Juno and features many of the Jazz Camp Faculty performing the saxophonist’s compositions and arrangements.
Currently active as a leader in various formations from duo to septet, Murley also maintains a busy schedule as a sideman and jazz educator. In August 2011 Murley accepted a full-time lecturer position at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. He has also taught at the York University (where he served as jazz area coordinator from 2008-11), Humber College, and has been a visiting member of faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Murley's trio recording "Live at the Senator", featuring guitar legend Ed Bickert and veteran bassist Steve Wallace, won a Juno Award in 2002. A recently discovered 1999 recording by the same trio was released as "Test of Time" by Cornerstone Records and won a 2013 Juno. His present trio featuring guitarist Reg Schwager released “Looking Back” in 2014 and “The Melody Lingers On” in 2006. The latter recording also features flugelhornist Guido Basso and saxophonist Tara Davidson with arrangements for chamber string orchestra by Schwager and Murley.
Murley has recorded and performed with a musically diverse cross section of international artists including Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, John Schofield, and Dave Liebman.