Cobblestone Jazz

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Cobblestone Jazz
Years active2002 (2002)–present
LabelsWagon Repair
MembersTyger Dhula
Mathew Jonson
Danuel Tate

Cobblestone Jazz is a Canadian trio based in Victoria, British Columbia, known for their jazz improvisation-influenced approach to making electronic music.[1] The band has been described as "a 21st century jam band, a 'Plastikman-meets-the-Grateful Dead' juggernaut."[2] The band consists of Mathew Jonson,[3] Danuel Tate,[4] and Tyger Dhula.[5][6] Together with regular collaborator The Mole (Colin de la Plante),[7] the group has also performed as The Modern Deep Left Quartet.[8]



The members of Cobblestone Jazz had been jamming and performing together since about 1996. The band was founded in 2002 and began playing electronic jazz music in Victoria. They later did some touring, including a set at Mutek 2003 in Montreal and performance in Madrid, Spain.[2][9] They recorded some tracks, including "Dumptruck" and “India In Me”, in 2006.[10][11]

In 2007 the group released a double album, 23 Seconds, through the German label !K7, featuring a studio and a live disc.[12][13]

In 2008 the band toured in the United States, and in 2009 the trio was joined by a fourth musician, Colin de la Plante, and performed at festivals as The Modern Deep Left Quartet. In 2010 this lineup released an album with leanings more toward electronic music influences than jazz. Reviews were fairly positive.[14][15][16][17]

In 2015 the band performed in Japan and released an EP, Northern Lights.[18]

The group played at the Houghton Festival in the UK in 2017.[19] They performed at the Caprices Festival in 2018.[20] As of 2021, they were slated to appear at the 2022 NEOPOP Electronic Music Festival[21] but they no longer have a website.




Year Album Label Reviews
2007 23 Seconds !K7 Allmusic [22]
Resident Advisor [23]
2010 The Modern Deep Left Quartet Wagon Repair
Resident Advisor [8]

Extended plays

Year EP Label Reviews
2002 5th Element EP Itiswhatitis Recordings
2005 The Live EP Itiswhatitis Recordings
2006 The Creator EP Itiswhatitis Recordings Resident Advisor [24]
2006 Dump Truck Wagon Repair
2006 India in Me Wagon Repair Resident Advisor [25]
2007 DMT Wagon Repair
2007 Put the Lime in Da Coconut Wagon Repair Resident Advisor [26]
2009 Traffic Jam EP Wagon Repair Resident Advisor [27]
2010 Chance EP Wagon Repair
2011 Lunar Lander Wagon Repair
2011 Memories (From Where You Are) Wagon Repair Resident Advisor [28]
2015 Northern Lights Itiswhatitis Recordings
2023 Hip Waders Live and Death


  1. ^ "Cobblestone Jazz - The best Victoria band that no one in town has heard". Mike Devlin, The Victoria Times Colonist, November 25, 2010
  2. ^ a b "The Stages of Cobblestone Jazz". Exclaim!, Dimitri Nasrallah, Oct 30, 2007
  3. ^ "Mathew Jonson". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  4. ^ "Faculty Profile Danuel Tate". Victoria Conservatory of Music. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  5. ^ "Tyger Dhula Podcast". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  6. ^ The Wire. Vol. 281–286. C. Parker. 2007. p. 168.
  7. ^ "Interview: Canadian Producer The Mole". Ask Audio. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  8. ^ a b William Rauscher (26 March 2010). "Cobblestone Jazz - The Modern Deep Left Quartet". Resident Advisor.
  9. ^ "Mutek 2003 May 28 to June 1, Montreal QC". Exclaim!, Jan 01, 2006
  10. ^ "Cobblestone Jazz: The Modern Deep Left Quartet". FACT Magazine, , Mar 22 2010
  11. ^ "Cobblestone Jazz: Chance EP". Inverted Radio, March 2010.
  12. ^ "Dusted Reviews: Cobblestone Jazz | 23 Seconds, !K7". Dusted, Nov. 30, 2007
  13. ^ "Cobblestone Jazz makes techno by hand". Georgia Straight, by Martin Turenne on March 12th, 2008
  14. ^ "Q&A: Mathew Jonson of Cobblestone Jazz". Self=Titled, February 29, 2008.
  15. ^ "Cobblestone Jazz – The Modern Deep Left Quartet". musicOMH, by Ben Hogwood | 29 Mar 2010
  16. ^ " Cobblestone Jazz: The Modern Deep Left Quartet". All About Jazz, May 4, 2010
  17. ^ "Album Review: Cobblestone Jazz – The Modern Deep Left Quartet (!K7)". Complete Music Update, By Paul Vig | 24 March 2010
  18. ^ "Cobblestone Jazz TalkCobblestone Jazz Talk". The Ransome Note, by Dan Leach.
  19. ^ "Houghton Festival (2017)" and was scheduled in 2020 for the same festival, which was canceled due to the pandemic. FLUX, September 15, 2017. by Joshua Taylor
  20. ^ "Caprices review 2018: Legendary party in the mountains tops it once again". Independent, Megan Townsend, 27 April 2018
  21. ^ "NEOPOP Electronic Music Festival 2022". Festivaly. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  22. ^ "23 seconds - Cobblestone Jazz". Allmusic.
  23. ^ Jeremy Armitage (15 November 2007). "Cobblestone Jazz - 23 Seconds". Resident Advisor.
  24. ^ Barry O'Donoghue (10 January 2007). "Cobblestone Jazz - The Creator EP". Resident Advisor.
  25. ^ Julian Parker (7 October 2006). "Cobblestone Jazz - India in me". Resident Advisor.
  26. ^ Paul Corey (4 July 2007). "Cobblestone Jazz - Put the lime in da coconut". Resident Advisor.
  27. ^ Terrence Fuller (14 May 2009). "Cobblestone Jazz - Traffic jam". Resident Advisor.
  28. ^ Jordan Rothlein (3 August 2011). "Cobblestone Jazz - Memories (from where you are)". Resident Advisor.