Harry Vetro // Northern Ranger
Harry Vetro’s NORTHERN RANGER is a Canadian contemporary band led by drummer and composer Harry Vetro. Members are highly talented young musicians and have toured across Canada and Europe.
Harry Vetro studied Jazz at the University of Toronto. In January 2020, Vetro was runner up for the Julian Award of Excellence. Vetro released his self titled debut album NORTHERN RANGER on TSound Records in 2018. He melded improvised music, with folk and classical influences creating a unique “Canadian” sound. Northern Ranger’s influences range from Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, Fleet Foxes to Bill Frisell and Brad Mehldau.
In 2017, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation, Harry Vetro took to the road. He traveled coast to coast, visiting communities in the six Indigenous cultural areas in Canada (Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands), in an effort to connect with musicians and artists from different cultural backgrounds, and to better understand the land's long cultural history. Vetro’s album topped fourth on the National Jazz charts in Canada and was well received by critics around the world.
In 2019, Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger released a second recording Eastern Stranger EP. Northern Ranger recorded new compositions inspired by Harry’s multiple travels throughout Newfoundland, Canada. The music is a mixture of Newfoundland-Irish jig and reel rhythms and well-informed jazz improvisation.
Since January 2019, I've been in the process of writing and
recording a new album with my group Northern Ranger.
We were able to squeeze in some studio time during when Covid restrictions were lifted in Fall 2020. We started recording bed tracks in Fall 2020 at Revolution Recording and Dreamhouse Studios in Toronto.
I still have a lot of recording sessions ahead before we can start mixing. Our plan is to record overdubs remotely with studio quality equipment.
My hope is to release the album in September 2021.
Harry's song featured in Starbucks
In February 2020, Vetro's single was added to the “Starbucks Jazz” Spotify playlist. Through the Starbucks/Spotify partnership, Vetro's single “Buffalo Jump” is now receiving airtime in thousands of Starbucks retail locations across the United States. Harry Vetro is the only contemporary Canadian Jazz musician featured on the “Starbucks Jazz” Spotify playlist