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Al Henderson

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Al Henderson

Associate Professor



Al Henderson is a jazz composer, arranger, acoustic bassist and bandleader. He is known nationally as leader of the Al Henderson Quintet and co-founder and co-leader (with York music professor, percussionist Barry Elmes) of the influential ensemble Time Warp. As a sideman, he has performed with many acclaimed jazz artists including Jane Bunnett, Arnett Cobb, Hank Crawford, Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Knepper, Diana Krall, Flip Phillips and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson.

As a composer, Professor Henderson has created a large and distinctive repertoire of original works. More than 60 of his compositions have been recorded by his own bands as well as other leading artists such as Don Pullen, Jane Bunnett, Shox Johnson & the Jive Bombers, Alex Dean and Richard Whiteman.

Professor Henderson teaches in York's jazz program and is co-director, with Professor Ron Westray, of the York University Jazz Orchestra.