Harrison Argatoff is a Canadian tenor saxophonist and composer based in Toronto. A 2018 graduate of The University of Toronto’s jazz program, he strives to present an original musical voice capable of imparting personality, diligence, and vulnerability. Having grown up a Doukhobor, in the interior of British Columbia, teachings of pacifism, communal music making, and respect for life and nature deeply influence his personal and artistic endeavors. Harrison’s music combines the study of free-improvised, jazz, and classical music.
“With Argatoff, it is not so much about breaking through codes, but of creating his own dialectic with already existing components, albeit in unusual circumstances. Somewhere between Bach, Bl! Ndman and Mark Turner.” – Jazz Halo, by Georges Tonla Briquet
“Argatoff has rendered a recording of remarkable creativity… [he] transforms his tenor into a resonant fog horn, a helicopter and perhaps the sprockets of a Super 8 projector…” – TheWholeNote, by Lesley Mitchell-Clarke
“…Argatoff tests moods and dynamics and is allowed to drift as far as he can, challenging the listener to do the same.” – Jazz Buzz, by Vangelis Aragiannis
“Argatoff is in complete control of his instrument and plays touching little melodies, so creating emotional and captivating music.” – Wulf Muller’s Music Blog, by Wulf Muller
“His sound is strong and confident, and the entire idea, concept and delivery is a work of true bohemian art.” – Jazz Weekly, by George Harris
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
I currently teach online, or in-person in the Toronto area (outdoors and at a distance, for now). I teach in both 1hr ($50)
or 30min ($30) durations, and offer a free 20 minute preliminary lesson to discuss goals and ensure a good match. For
in-home lessons, I usually charge a $6.50 travel fee.
I find considerable enjoyment and excitement teaching music, with topics including saxophone technique
(embouchure, hand position, posture, etc), improvisation, music theory, and composition