“Alex Bird is a JUNO nominated jazz singer, songwriter and actor in Toronto, ON. Alex and his band "The Jazz Mavericks" are working on an entirely new chapter of the Great American Songbook; they are pushing the boundaries of a beautiful tradition and bringing it into a new era. Bird's original debut album "Whisky Kisses" (Oct 2020) received reviews, awards, airplay, and distribution around the world.
Following that momentum, Bird and The Jazz Mavericks released their second album, "You Are the Light and the Way" (Nov 2021). Bird and songwriting partner Ewen Farncombe wrote 12 new originals, and the album was recently nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album at the JUNO Awards (2022). The album was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Alex literally grew up with the classics. As a young boy he was taken to hang around the Toronto Jazz scene, and had the opportunity to see and meet many of the greats along the way; Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Mel Tormé, Ray Charles...the list goes on. Without even knowing it, his musical training developed, sitting around at smoky Jazz clubs into the wee small hours of the morning.”
“Every now and again, an act emerges from the cosmos and shakes up the planet. One of those groundbreaking bands is Alex Bird and The Jazz Mavericks. Bird and his group of talented players are rewriting the textbook for vocal-infused Jazz.” - Metronome Magazine - USA
Nominated for "Best Vocal Jazz Album" - The JUNO Awards (2022)
World Songwriting Awards Winter 2020: Best Jazz Song - "Whisky Kisses"
Canadian Film Fest (May 2020) - Best Music for "Because One Day"
Unsigned Only Competition (2020) - Jazz Semi-Finalist
World Songwriting Awards Summer 2020: Top Finalist Recognition - "Lemon Drop Stars"
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"Some lazy journalists and singing fans are trying to say that Canadian vocalist Alex Bird is a rival to
fellow Canuck Michael Buble’. Well, after listening to his smoking debut, that critique is like saying that
Kamasi Washington is a rival to Kenny G! As my daughter once said about Buble’, “If I want to listen to
Mel Torme’, I’ll put on Mel Torme’”. Buble’ is “safe”, where as the more dangerous Bird, on the other
hand, is the word! Bird’s writing, like his delivery, already has a completely underivative feel, with one
foot in the tradition and the other in the dimly lit side streets." – George Harris at Jazz Weekly (USA)