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Petr Cancura

Born in Eastern Europe, brought up in the wilderness of the Great White North, and later thrust into the urban Jungle of New York City, it is no surprise that Petr Cancura’s musical pallet is as wide as it is. A saxophonist with a vast knowledge of Jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions, Petr performs on banjo and mandolin as well as on the medium format black & white camera… all of which influences each other into a Roots Song & Improvising music machine with a visual sensibility. Petr, now based in Ottawa, Canada, is the Program Director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, two-time Artist-In- Residence of Carleton University, and was the Musical Director of the National Arts Center’s Crossroads Series, reimagining the songs of current Canadian Songwriters for an all-star jazz cast. Cancura’s aesthetic blends roots music and jazz to create the authentic, raw sound heard on his records released via his independent label Roots2Boot Recordings. Petr’s Down Home was nominated for a 2015 JUNO nomination for best Instrumental Album and awarded the Independent Music Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year. Released in 2020, his album Another Way Home is a unique portrait of instrumental music: songs written as though for a singer/songwriter, but the saxophone is the voice and the band takes a jazz approach. His latest record, Don’t Let It Stop! Live at On the One Music, is a set of nine powerful songs performed by a remarkable trio featuring Charlie Hunter on the Big6 and Geoff Clapp on drums

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”The saxophonist takes jazz back to a rural place... It's as if the windows have been thrown open to allow a deep breath of music to flow through the jazz house.” Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

“The opening was folksy, with the mandolin of Petr Cancura (he also plays rugged postbop tenor sax) announcing a prancing theme that transformed into a dark sax riff over a bumpy groove… the departures from conventional bop phrasing was one of the gig's fascinating features.” John Fordham, The Guardian, London, UK

“Petr Cancura is a great musician. He has all of the skills, imagination, versatility, and artistry he needs to be one of the great saxophonists of his generation.” Joe Morris, guitar legend

“Petr Cancura is a sax player who's always been good, has always been a great player

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Eddie Harris
saxophone, tenor
Tom Waits
voice / vocals

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Another Way Home

Roots2Boot
2020

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Occupational Hazard

Self Produced
2020

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Life is a Gong Show

RootsToBoot Music
2020

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Don't Let It Stop!...

Roots2Boot Recordings
2020

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Down Home

RootsToBoot Music
2013

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PeopleMusic

RootsToBoot Music
2009

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There Is a Chance

From: Don't Let It Stop! Live at On...
By Petr Cancura

Traure

From: Life is a Gong Show
By Petr Cancura

Evident Monk

From: Occupational Hazard
By Petr Cancura

Lonely Hearts

From: Another Way Home
By Petr Cancura

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