Canadian musician Will Jarvis is a busy freelance bassist, composer and educator who has been active on the Toronto music scene for many years. Will has gained a reputation as a very versatile player and is equally comfortable playing jazz, rhythm & blues, pop, funk, jazz-fusion as well as Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music. Will has an affection for Afro-Cuban music that began in the 1990s when he first played with some of Toronto's salsa and Latin-jazz groups. During this time, Will had the great pleasure of performing live with Latin-jazz giants Tito Puente, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Valentine, Hilton Ruiz, Luis Conte and Hilario Duran.
Will leads his own Afro-Cuban group Will Jarvis y Amigos. The group features world-renowned Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, internationally acclaimed flautist Bill McBirnie, Canadian trumpet sensation Kevin Turcotte, Cuban percussion masters Jorge Torres ‘Papiosco’ and Chendy León and Peruvian percussion giant Luis Orbegoso. The group plays music from Will’s award-winning recording Con Gracias. The recording features a collection of all original Latin-Jazz compositions based on an array of contemporary and traditional Afro-Cuban styles. Con Gracias has garnered rave reviews and won a Global Music Award for Composer/Composition (2016) and an Independent Music Award nomination for Best Latin Album (2016)
Will has worked with many outstanding Canadian artists including David Clayton-Thomas, Jackie Richardson, The Code, Bruce Cassidy's Hotfoot Orchestra, Bobby Rice Latin-jazz Big Band, Clayton/Scott Group, Sinal Aberto, Conjunto Lacalu, Pretzel Logic, Luis Mario Ochoa, Carlos del Junco and many more.
Along with his own group, Will currently performs/records with the multi-award winning group Manteca, Trevor Dick Band and Paul Delong's "Bucket of Fish Orchestra."
As an educator, Will has been teaching at the college and university level for more than twenty-five years. Will is on the music faculty at Humber College in Toronto where he has had the pleasure of performing with visiting artists Steve Gadd, Paquito D'Rivera and Adam Nussbaum. Will also teaches at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario with previous teaching positions at McMaster University and York University.