Formed in 2007, Waxwing is a co-led group created by three veterans of the Vancouver music scene: Tony Wilson on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello and Jon Bentley on saxophones. The trio has released three studio recordings featuring their original compositions: "Flicker Down" (2021 Songlines Recordings) , "A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists" (2015 - Songlines Recordings), and "Escondido Dreams" (2007 - Drip Audio). The recipient of numerous Canada Council Grants, Waxwing has performed their unique works in concerts across Canada and has been a regular favourite in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The trio has also been featured many times on various CBC radio programs, both from live performances and studio recordings including a live SignalFest recording at CBC Vancouver in 2011.
Waxwing was nominated for Instrumental Artist of the Year at the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards for Flicker Down.
A Bowl of Sixty Taxidermists:
"Elegant and bittersweet…. the original compositions accommodate fluttery abstraction as well as glowing consonance" - Nate Chinen (New York Times)
"Top drawer modern chamber jazz" - Ken Pickering (Artistic Director, Vancouver International Jazz Festival)
"Quietly gorgeous music….. contemplative and delicate, the product of a careful conversation between the three players" - Alexander Varty (The Georgia Straight)
"This is music that is introspective in spirit and outward bound in action. And it’s music that is sublime in any number of ways. Don’t wait for more words… go buy it now" - Dave Sumner (Bird Is The Worm)