Canadian drummer and composer Harry Vetro (b. 1995,) is “scarcely in his mid-20s but has begun forging a jazz career to watch." - Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen.
Harry is a graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz program. He leads an active performing career playing at major jazz festivals and venues across Canada: Lakefield Jazz Fest (Lakefield, Ontario), TD PEI Jazz and Blues Fest (Charlottetown, PEI), Sudbury Jazz Festival (Sudbury, Ontario) Jazz YYC (Calgary, Alberta), Yardbird Jazz Fest (Edmonton, Alberta), Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Rex Hotel & Jazz Bistro (Toronto, Ontario), The Pilot Tavern (Toronto, Ontario), and Jazz Room (Waterloo, Ontario). Vetro has been featured as a rising star drummer in the Ottawa and Sudbury Jazz festivals in Ontario. He currently leads a monthly residency at The Tranzac (Toronto’s premiere creative music club) featuring new compositions inspired by nature and landscape.
Vetro is the recipient of multiple grants: Canada Council for The Arts, Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) and FMUA (The University of Toronto Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association).
Northern Ranger is a quartet led by Hamilton drummer and composer Harry Vetro.
Eastern Stranger, Northern Ranger’s second recording releases on Friday October 4th, 2019. Northern Ranger headed back into the studio after a successful Eastern Canada tour and recorded new compositions inspired by Harry’s multiple travels throughout Newfoundland. An EP comprised of four original compositions: Quidi Vidi Ditty, Leaving St. John’s, TBD, and Eastern Stranger (title track). The music is a mixture of Newfoundland-Irish jig and reel rhythms and well informed jazz improvisation. The fusion of violin with piano, bass, and drums is Harry’s quest for a “Canadian” sound. The violin evokes an era of Canadian music from Newfoundland kitchen parties to French-Canadian and Métis fiddle style music. This combined with their jazz training creates a music unique in its own right.
The recording Quidi Vidi Ditty (pronounced “Kitty Vitty Ditty) is named after a village outside of St. John’s and features the ugly stick; an instrument native to Newfoundland. Harry toured with the ugly stick across Eastern Canada and audiences embraced it at every show.
NORTHERN RANGER (2018)
Northern Ranger - In 2017, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation, 23 year old Hamilton drummer 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. Harry Vetro released his debut CD Northern Ranger on October 20, 2018 at Gallery 345 in Toronto, Ontario.
Vetro's debut album - tells the story of his travels. A jazz musician by training, Harry melded his own style of improvised music with folk and classical influences to create a deeply personal statement, one that speaks to the country as a whole.
In June 2019, Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger toured Eastern Canada from Ottawa, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia with support from The Canada Council for the Arts. Northern Ranger toured Western Canada in November 2018. Shows included The Jazz YYC all Canadian Jazz Festival (Calgary, Alberta), The Yardbird Suite Jazz Festival (Edmonton, Alberta), The Bassment (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and The Brookstreet Hotel (Ottawa, Ontario). Harry and his group also gave a masterclass to Indigenous students at Strathmore High school in Strathmore, Alberta. This workshop was presented and funded by Jazz YYC.
NORTHERN RANGER, Vetro’s album has topped fourth on the National Jazz charts in Canada and continues to gain international airplay from New York City, USA, to Toronto and across Canada.
A generation of Canadian musicians is coming to prominence in their youth and making substantial impressions. One is drummer Harry Vetro…
"He and his band, who are some of the top players in Canada, are very dedicated to bringing jazz to different communities and really trying to expand the art form.”
"Through this debut release, Canadian drummer Harry Vetro taps into his homeland to present a series of wayfaring wonders. It's both a testament to his wandering spirit and an exploration of the Great White North's virtues as measured in nature and man."
"Vetro’s compositions are mainly jazz-oriented but have heavy folk and classical influences. The performances and solos are excellent..."
NORTHERN RANGER: Album Trailer
Northern Ranger: Touring Band
November 1, 2019 Ottawa, ON The Brookstreet Hotel (Harry Bartlett Trio)
November 2, 2019 Montreal, QC Café Resonance (Harry Bartlett Trio)
November 4, 2019 Water Valley, AB Water Valley Saloon (Harry Bartlett Trio)
November 5, 2019 Calgary, AB The Ironwood Stage and Grill (Harry Bartlett Trio)
November 7, 2019 Nanaimo, BC The Lighthouse Bistro (Harry Bartlett Trio)
November 10, 2019 Vancouver, BC Tangent Cafe (Harry Bartlett Trio)
November 12, 2019 Toronto, ON The Rex Hotel (Harry Bartlett Trio)
February 13, 2020 Courtenay, BC Georgia Straight Jazz Society (Harrison Squared)
February 14, 2020 Victoria, BC Hermann's Jazz Club (Harrison Squared)
February 15, 2020 Nanaimo, BC The Lighthouse Bistro (Harrison Squared)
February 16, 2020 Crofton, BC Pat's House of Jazz (Harrison Squared)
February 18, 2020 Kelowna, BC Munnin's Post (Harrison Squared)
February 20th, 2020 Calgary, AB BuckingJam Palace (Harrison Squared)
February 21, 2020 Edmonton, AB The Yardbird Suite (Harrison Squared)
February 22, 2020 Saskatoon, SK The Bassment Jazz Club (Harrison Squared)
April 20, 2020 Perth, AU Ellingtons Jazz Club (Northern Ranger)
April 23, 2020 Brisbane, AU Brisbane Jazz Club (Northern Ranger)
April 24, 2020 Canberra, AU Canberra Musicians Club (Northern Ranger)
April 25, 2020 Melbourne, AU The Jazz Lab (Northern Ranger)
April 26, 2020 Adelaide, AU Adelaide Jazz Club (Northern Ranger)
April 30, 2020 Whanganui, NZ International Jazz Day Festival (Northern Ranger)
May 1, 2020 Whanganui, NZ The Musicians Club (Northern Ranger)