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Canadian Jazz Artists

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Many Canadian jazz artists and groups have achieved national or international prominence and  have received critical or audience acclaim...

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Oscar Peterson

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Oscar Peterson (Pianist) was born on August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec and passed away on December 23, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario,...

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Guido Basso

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Guido Basso (trumpet, flugelhorn, harmonica, conductor, arranger and composer) was born in Montreal in 1937. Guido was only nine years old...

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Ed Bickert

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Ed Bickert (guitarist) was born in 1932, in Hochfeld, Manitoba, and raised in the farming and fruit-growing community around Vernon,...

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Moe Koffman

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Moe Koffman (flute, saxophone, clarinet, composer, arranger) was born Dec. 28, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He passed away on March...

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Sonny Greenwich

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Sonny Greenwich (guitarist) was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Sonny Greenwich first drew notice for his style in 1959 in Toronto, Ontario....

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Rob McConnell

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Rob McConnell (valve trombonist, arranger, composer, big band leader) was born on February 14, 1935 in London, Ontario, and passed away on...

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Doug Riley

Posted on Jan 27, 2013

Doug Riley (pianist, organist, composer, bandleader, producer) was born on April 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He passed away on...

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Don Thompson

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Don Thompson (bass, piano, vibraphone, composer, arranger, producer, educator) was born in 1940, in Powell River, British Columbia,...

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Lenny Breau

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Lenny Breau (guitarist) was born on August 5, 1941 in Auburn, Maine and passed away on August 12, 1984 in Los Angeles, California....

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Dave Young

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Dave Young (bassist) was born on January 29, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He began studying the guitar and violin when he was 10...

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Diana Krall

Posted on Jan 26, 2013

Diana Krall (pianist, vocalist, songwriter) was born in November, 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. She began classical piano...

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Phil Nimmons

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Phil Nimmons (clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator) was born on June 3, 1923 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He...

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Rick Wilkins

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Rick Wilkins (tenor saxophone, arranger, composer, conductor) was born in 1937, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is widely recognized as...

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Peter Appleyard

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Peter Appleyard (vibraphonist, percussionist, composer) was born on August 26, 1928 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England. As a youth, he...

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Oliver Jones

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Oliver was born and raised in Saint Henri, a predominantly working class area of Montreal, several blocks from Peterson, and young Oliver...

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Terry Clarke

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Terry Clarke (drummer) was born in 1944, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He began displaying rhythmic aptitude at a very early...

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Reg Schwager

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Reg Schwager (guitarist) was born in 1962, Leiden, The Netherlands. He is today, and has been for many years, one of Canada’s...

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Robi Botos

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Robi Botos (pianist) was born into a musical family in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career...

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Neil Swainson

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Neil Swainson (bassist) was born on November 15, 1955 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He began playing professionally there,...

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Claude Ranger

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Claude Ranger (drummer, composer, arranger, teacher) was born on Feb 3, 1941 in Montreal, Canada. He studied drums briefly with several...

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Sam Noto

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

SAM NOTO (trumpeter, flugelhornist) was born on April 17, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, U.S.A. Reputed as an excellent bop soloist, Noto has...

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Lorne Lofsky

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Lorne Lofsky (guitarist)  started off playing rock music but took an interest in jazz upon hearing the Miles Davis album “Kind of...

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Carol Welsman

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Carol Welsman (singer, pianist) was born into a musical family on September 29, 1960 in Toronto, Ontario. (Her grandfather, Frank S....

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Archie Alleyne

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

ARCHIE ALLEYNE (drummer, bandleader) was born Archibald Alexander Alleyne on January 7, 1933 and passed away on June 8, 2015 in Toronto,...

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Michael Bublé

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

Michael Bublé (singer, songwriter) was born in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada to Lewis Bublé, a salmon fisherman, and Amber...

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Steve Wallace

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Steve Wallace (bassist) was born in 1956, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is today regarded by many as the most powerful bass player that...

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Bernie Senensky

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Bernie Senensky (pianist, composer) was born December 31, 1944 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Recognized as one of Canada’s premier jazz...

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Norman Marshall Villeneuve

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

Norman Marshall Villeneuve (drummer) was born May 29, 1938 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Villeneuve grew up in the St. Henri District, home...

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Michel Donato

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

Michel Donato (bassist) was born in Montreal on August 25th, 1942, into a family drenched in musical tradition. His grandfather was an...

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Phil Dwyer

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Phil Dwyer (alto and tenor saxophonist, pianist) was born December 17, 1965 in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. A critically acclaimed...

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Dave McMurdo

Posted on Feb 9, 2013

Dave McMurdo (trombonist, composer, arranger, conductor, teacher) was born March 4, 1944 in Isleworth, England, and passed away on June...

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Kieran Overs

Posted on Feb 9, 2013

Kieran Overs (bassist) was born on December 22, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been active on the Canadian music scene since...

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Gary Williamson

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Gary Williamson (pianist) was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His grandmother, Doss Williamson, also a pianist, began his early...

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Denny Christianson

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Denny Christianson (trumpeter, flugelhornist, arranger, composer, bandleader, educator) was born September 12, 1940 in Rockford, Illinois,...

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Barry Elmes

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Barry Elmes (drummer) was born in Galt, Ontario. Barry has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s...

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Michael Stuart

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

  Michael Stuart (tenor and soprano saxophones) was born in Jamaica , W.I. After graduating from high school there, he attended the...

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Kevin Turcotte

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn) was born in 1964 in Ottawa, Ontario,Canada, but raised in Sudbury, Ontario. He is universally...

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Kirk MacDonald

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Kirk MacDonald (tenor and alto saxophonist, flutist, piccolo) was born October 2, 1959 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He started to play the...

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Arnie Chycoski

Posted on Sep 12, 2014

Arnie Chycoski (trumpet) was born May 7, 1936 in New Westminister, British Columbia. Called by celebrated band-leader Rob McConnell, “One...

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Steve McDade

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Steve McDade (trumpet/flugelhorn) was born in Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, Scotland in 1962. His family moved to Burlington, Ontario, Canada,...

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Mike Murley

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Mike Murley (tenor and soprano saxophonist) was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1961. Mike Murley has emerged as one of the...

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Ted Warren

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Ted Warren (drummer) was born in 1965, in Saskatchewan. He studied Music at Montreal’s Mcgill University, and received a certificate...

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Kelly Jefferson

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Kelly Jefferson (saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, piccolo-player) was born March 4, 1970 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He holds a a...

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John MacLeod

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

John MacLeod (trumpet, flugelhorn, composer, arranger, bandleader) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1955. His impeccable...

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Cory Weeds

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Cory Weeds (saxophonist) has been a professional musician for the better part of 15 years. As a member of popular Vancouver band People...

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Mark Eisenman

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Mark Eisenman (pianist) was born November 9, 1955 in New York City, New York, U.S.A. Born in New York City but based in Toronto since...

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Pat LaBarbera

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Pat LaBarbera Website Pat LaBarbera (saxophonist, teacher, composer) was born in Mt. Morris, NY, in 1944. His first teacher was his...

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Darcy Hepner

Posted on Jan 31, 2013

Darcy Hepner (saxophonist, flutist, composer, educator) was  raised in the “Steel City” of Hamilton, Ontario, Hepner comes...

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Jerry Fuller

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Jerry Fuller (drummer) was born on April 5, 1939 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He passed away July 13, 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He...

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Russ Little

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Russ Little (trombonist, composer, arranger, conductor) was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1941. He was raised on the island of...

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Dave Restivo

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Dave Restivo (piano) is one of canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists, well-known for his work with Rob...

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Bob Brough

Posted on Jan 24, 2013

Bob Brough (tenor, alto,baritone saxophone, flute) was born on May 18, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and holds the distinction of...

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Mark Kelso

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Mark Kelso (drummer, percussionist, singer, composer, producer, educator) was born in 1963 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His family...

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Shelly Berger

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Shelly Berger (bassist, arranger, composer, producer) was born February 22, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A teacher on the faculty of...

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P. J. Perry

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

P.J. Perry (tenor/alto saxophone, clarinet, flute & piccolo) was born in 1941,  in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is...

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Perry White

Posted on Jan 27, 2013

Perry White ( tenor, baritone, alto, and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia,...

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Ted Quinlan

Posted on Jan 27, 2013

Ted Quinlan (guitarist, writer, educator) a Montreal-born Berklee-educated is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz...

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Alastair Kay

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Alastair Kay (trombonist) is widely recognized as one of Canada’s finest trombonists. Over the past three decades, he has performed...

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Alex Dean

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Alex Dean (saxophones, clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe) was born in 1954. Renowned as one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists,...

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Bill McBirnie

Posted on Jan 25, 2013

Bill McBirnie (flutes, piccolo) was in born in 1953, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Widely recognized as one of the world’s best...

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Ian McDougall

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

Ian McDougall (trombonist, arranger, composer) was born in 1938, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and grew up in victoria, British Columbia...

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Rachel Therrien

Posted on Nov 21, 2015

“Montreal-based trumpeter and composer Rachel Therrien’s second album, Home Inspiration is a salutary reminder of something that the...

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