Little Trio (York University)

Little Trio is an up and coming young band that dishes up an inspired blend of traditional jazz with a creative twist. Their musical versatility and infectious energy make every performance memorable. Whether you want to bring the party to life or set the mood to relax and unwind, Little Trio has the musical versatility to deliver.


Members

  • Evan Little

    Evan Little is a popular jazz pianist best known for his fresh interpretations of jazz classics. He was inspired at an early age by Canadian jazz greats Peter Appleyard and Dave McMurdo who often played at local events and encouraged his love of music. Evan began his formal study of jazz piano under John McLelland and has continued his studies under Mark Eisenman. He has also studied under Kelly Jefferson and Jim Vivian. Evan has performed at Guelph's Hillside Inside Festival, the Eden Mills Writers and Art Festivals, clubs in the Toronto area including Lula Lounge and Gate 403, as well as private parties and events. He is currently enrolled at York University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program studying jazz performance where he has been awarded the prestigious Oscar Peterson Jazz Performance Scholarship and the Douglas Menzie Phillips Jazz Scholarship for Outstanding Instrumental Performance.

  • Sam Ruttan

    Based in Toronto, Ontario, Sam Ruttan is a dynamic young jazz drummer currently studying music at York University. Having initially played piano, Sam switched to drums at age 9 and began taking lessons privately, learning the fundamentals of the instrument and developing a versatile set of skills in a range of styles. Sam was accepted into York University’s music program in 2015. Since then he has had the chance to learn from many of Canada’s top musicians. He has studied privately with drummer Barry Romberg, and played in performance ensembles led by Kelly Jefferson, Anthony Michelli, Lorne Lofsky, Frank Falco, and Roy Patterson. In addition, Sam has attended master classes and seminars led by Chris Potter, Dennis Mackrel, Mike LeDonne, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Horacio Hernandez. As a performer he has gained experience as a side man playing with other young Toronto musicians, and has been part of the York University Jazz Orchestra as a drummer/percussionist since 2017.

  • Robbie Bourrie

    Robbie Bourrie has been playing guitar for more than a decade, with an interest in a wide range of genres as well as studying classical guitar. He picked up the upright bass in high school and went on to study jazz performance at York University with Jim Vivian. Robbie is also a sought after music instructor.

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