Terminal Baggage Claim is an electrifying Ottawa based jazz trio comprised of three truly outstanding musicians. Their unique Latin styled jazz is delivered with an intense energy that keeps their audiences captivated…unapologetically not “dinner music”!

The History…

Bryan Valeriani and Shinya Sato have been musical partners since 1998. With a mutual love of Latin jazz, they recruited a bassist of similar mind and began rehearsing in June 2002. With a nod to jazz pioneer Chick Corea, the name Terminal Baggage Claim was chosen.

Over the years, the band has entertained audiences throughout the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Some performance highlights include the Andrew Hayden Park Canada Day festivities (2004/05) and several editions of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. (2004/05/06/08/09). The band even won the “Outstanding Musical Performance” award for their performance at the 2004 Ottawa Fringe Festival.

The band took a 3 year hiatus and in 2014 recruited a new bassist, Bob Martin. This rejuvenated lineup was extremely well received at their appearances at the 2015 Canadian Tulip Festival and the 2015 Merrickville Jazz Festival. Terminal Baggage Claim are currently preparing for a busy summer season and are in the process of recording material for an anticipated 2016 CD release.

Shinya Sato: Piano

Shinya hails from Hakodate, Japan. He relocated to Ottawa in 1997 and has been actively involved in the Ottawa music scene ever since. He has been playing piano for more than
thirty five years. While growing up in Japan, Shinya studied with several top pianists and fronted several of his own jazz groups. He was also involved in doing product evaluation and workshops for a keyboard company. His influences include Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Ryuich Sakamoto and Michel Camilo.

In addition to working with Terminal Baggage Claim, Shinya is an active musician in the Ottawa area. He has performed with Dominique Forest, Ben Duschene, Bruce Wittet, Yves Laroche and the Alternate Takes Big Band.

His fluidity and rhythmic agility have helped to establish Shinya as a serious talent both here and in Japan. His wide dynamic range, creativity and musical maturity have made him an indispensable addition to any musical situation in which he is involved. At moments, fiery and percussive and at other times eloquent and subtle, his playing never fails to take the listener on an exciting musical journey!

Bryan Valeriani: Drumset

Bryan is a seasoned drummer with over thirty years of performing experience. His influences range from the contemporary jazz drumming of Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl
and Steve Gadd to the jazz drumming pioneers Roy Haynes, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones. Bryan manages to incorporate these influences into his own intense playing style - a style which blends incredible technique with a strong musicality.

From 1994 to 1997 Bryan was a member of Just Past Ten - a popular jazz trio which performed throughout the Ottawa area, including two appearances at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Although jazz has been his main musical idiom, Bryan is equally proficient performing in a wide variety of styles including Latin, gospel, funk, fusion, rock, folk, hip hop and blues. His versatility, technique and musicianship have helped him to cultivate a busy teaching and performance schedule.

In 1997, Bryan was the recipient of a Chalmers Study Grant. This award facilitated his study of jazz drumming at the Drummers Collective Music School in N.Y.C. Bryan is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and proudly endorses SONOR drums.

Bob Martin: Electric Bass

Bob began playing music at age 12 on guitar, but turned to bass as his main focus during high school. First influenced musically by his family - his father was a multi instrumentalist who toured the Maritimes in his youth, his mother was raised on classical music and sang on radio in Quebec. The variety of music forms that surrounded Bob growing up allowed him to feel at home in all styles of music.

He was introduced Jazz music in his mid teens, but had little outlet to discover the music as a player, except for listening and learning to recordings. A chance encounter with renowned jazz trumpeter, the late Freddie Stone, changed that. He was invited to attend one of Stone’s student ensembles. Bob stayed with Stone for four years studying composition, improvisation and Free Jazz performance. Just after turning 20, he was given an opportunity to compose for a documentary film on the plight of the shark, aptly named "Shark", which aired on national television in the early 80's. The score was based largely on improvised vignettes using skills he learned from Freddie.

With his varied background in musical styles, and his love of all music, Bob has toured the Ontario club scene playing the type of music needed for the gig; rock, country, blues, R & B, soul, funk and jazz. He has been a sideman, recording musician and arranger, co-producer and educator. His inspiration as a bassist comes form every player he has ever heard.

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- Sample Repertoire -

Caribe (Camilo)
Aller/Retour (Jean François Groulx)
Suite Sandrine Pt.1 (Camilo)
Tombo in 7/4 (A. Moreira)
The Chicken (Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis)
Poinciana (Simon/Bernier)
I Fall in Love Too Easily (Cahn/Styne)
St. Thomas (S. Rollins)
And Sammy Walked In (Camilo)
Night in Tunisia (Gillespie)
Bessie’s Blues (Coltrane)
So What? (M. Davis)
Spain (Corea)
Autumn Leaves
Again and Again (Corea)
Nothing Personal (Grolnick)
Just Kidding (Camilo)
If You Knew (Camilo)
Cocowalk (Camilo)
Island Stomp (Camilo)
The Poet (Bob Martin)

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Contact the Band:

Shinya Sato - Piano – ssato.yow@gmail.com
Bryan Valeriani - Drums - bryan@drumhead.ca
Bob Martin - Bass – ramartin@magma.ca

For information & booking:


613 298 5913

General Info

Band Members
Shinya Sato - Piano, Jeffrey Grosvenor - Bass, Bryan Valeriani - Drums
Artist Name
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Active Since
Latin / jazz

Contact Info

Ottawa, ON, CA

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