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A shot of Four80East members Tony Grace and Rob DeBoer from their latest album, Positraction.
Four80East founding members, Tony Grace (left) and Rob DeBoer (right).
Background information
GenresJazz, electro jazz, contemporary jazz, acid jazz
Years active1997-present
LabelsBoomtang Records
MembersRob DeBoer and Tony Grace

Four80East is a Canadian electro jazz ensemble from Toronto with Rob DeBoer (keyboards, bass and guitar) and Tony Grace (percussion); accompanied by various session musicians. Although Four80East began as a studio concept, they have evolved into a live act. Their music is melodic with strong bass rhythms.


Four80East began as a studio project when DeBoer and Grace, who had been writing, arranging and producing for other artists on their Boomtang Records label, put together material of their own and released it as The Album, in 1997. The Album was well received by critics and the public alike.

The pair's second album Nocturnal, was released in 2001;[1] DeBoer and Grace wrote all of the songs for the album, and enlisted tenor saxophonist Jon Stewart, flutist Andrew McPherson, and trumpeter Ivana Santilli to contribute instrumentals.[2]

The album Round 3 was came out in 2002,[3] and included contributions from harmonica player Carlos Del Junco.[4] Their fourth album, En Route, containing instrumental dance music, was released in 2007.[5]

Four80East's fifth CD, Roll On, came out in 2009, followed by a sixth, Off Duty, in 2012. Four80East LIVE, a collection of 15 select songs recorded from three different shows, was released in early 2014. The group is also featured on the 2007 compilation album, The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz.

Band members[edit]

Permanent members


Studio Albums
  • 1997: The Album
  • 2001: Nocturnal
  • 2002: Round 3
  • 2007: En Route
  • 2009: Roll On
  • 2012: Off Duty
  • 2015: "Positraction"
Live Albums
  • 2014: Four80East LIVE


  1. ^ "Four80East: Nocturnal". All About Jazz, By DAVE HUGHES February 1, 2001
  2. ^ " Four80East Nocturnal". AllMusic review by Paula Edelstein
  3. ^ Lucy Tauss (March 2003). "Round 3 Four80East". JazzTimes. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "Four80East: Round 3". Jazz Times, 03/01/2003 By Lucy Tauss
  5. ^ "En Route by Four80East". Jazz Review, 13.03.2007 by Sheldon T. Nunn

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