Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Wes Carroll is dedicated to reaching audiences with his original creations. His writing whisks singer-songwriter, jazz and hip hop into a new kind of froth. He is inspired to write music about social justice themes, surveillance, mental health, climate change and of course, writes love songs too. Wes is a seasoned performer playing in 6 Victoria Jazz Festivals, freelancing in a variety of styles and holding down a regular trio gig at the Empress Hotel in Victoria from 2016-2019 and 2021. In 2014 he earned a degree in jazz studies from Vancouver Island University and completed the masters of jazz performance program at University of Toronto in 2021. With side-projects that include “Wes plays Wes” (a tribute to Wes Montgomery) and the original hip-hop crew “Grapefruit Is Impossible,” it is clear that when it comes to genres, Wes does not play favorites. He has recorded four albums of original music including: “Off Pulse Quartet, Live in Holland” (2014), and “Off Empire” (2018) – the Wes Carroll Confabulation’s debut album which peaked at #4 in !EarShot’s Canadian jazz category. Wes is currently promoting the Confabulation's second album "Elephant in the Sea".
Wes Carroll Confabulation
Photo by Ross Whelan
Interview with Heather Bambrick's on her show "Jazzology" on Jazz FM (Toronto). Jan 20, 2020.
Features music from "Elephant in the Sea"