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Bernie Senensky

Toronto keyboardist Bernie Senensky has earned the reputation of being one of Canada's premier jazz artists. His playing has been featured internationally in many concerts & festivals, and he is recognized and respected as one of the foremost jazz pianists anywhere. He was the only Canadian guest on "Oscar Peterson Presents", a CTV National TV series. He has also been a guest on Marian McPartland's renowned Public Radio show "Piano Jazz". In addition, Senensky has been featured on CBC radio and TV, and many of his concerts have been recorded by CBC (Jazz Beat), CJRT-FM (The Jazz Scene, Sound Of Toronto Jazz), and Global-TV (Sounds Impressive) to name a few. He was twice voted "Best Acoustic Pianist" in the Jazz Report Awards, and he won the SOCAN award for "Best Jazz Composition" for his “BLUES FOR CLIFFORD”, a tribute to saxophonist Clifford Jordan. He has quietly compiled a track record of 12 albums as a leader (three of which have received Juno nominations), and a long list of performances alongside jazz's biggest names, including Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Art Pepper, George Coleman, Donald Byrd, Sonny Stitt, Art Farmer, Ernestine Anderson and Elvin Jones (who called Bernie "one of the finest pianists I have worked with in my career")


Article: Album Review

P. J. Perry Featuring Bill Mays: This Quiet Room

Read "This Quiet Room" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In jazz, as in almost any other pursuit, there really is no stand-in for experience. P. .J. Perry, now well into his seventh decade, has been a titan on Canada's saxophone scene for more than half a century, while California-born pianist Bill Mays, three years Perry's junior and his able collaborator on the duo album This ...


News: Recording

Flautist Bill McBirnie releases The Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

Flautist Bill McBirnie releases The Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

The Silent Wish is the latest release from Canada's premier jazz and Latin flutist, Bill McBirnie, and it features Bill's superior craftsmanship along with that of his longstanding and formidable accompanist, Bernie Senensky, in an intimate duo setting, brimming with pristine acoustic clarity, that displays their uncommon levels of musicianship and simpatico as they explore a ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie

Read "Furthering The Flute In Jazz: Holly Hofmann and Bill McBirnie" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Long gone are the days when the flute was only seen as a jazz novelty or a saxophonist's double. Once upon a time you could count the number of notable jazz flautists on a hand (or two), but the ranks have swelled a little bit over the years, and those leading the charge today aren't content ...


Article: Album Review

The Bill McBirnie Trio: Find Your Place

Read "Find Your Place" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian jazz flautist Bill McBirnie fronts a unique organ trio on Find Your Place, his sixth album as a leader. McBirnie lends his “Extreme" flute and award-winning chops to an array of swing, Latin-flavored, bossa nova, shuffle and ballads in one audacious outing. Joining forces with fellow Canadians Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 organ and Anthony ...


Article: Album Review

The Bill McBirnie Trio: Find Your Place

Read "Find Your Place" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The standard organ trio doesn't usually include a flute. On paper, it sounds like a bad idea. It seems as if the cool breeze aspects of the airy blowing of the flute would get lost in the organ's electric woosh. As it turns out, flutist Bill McBirnie's Find Your Place, proves those seemingly similar sounds to ...

News: Recording

Flutist, Bill McBirnie, Releases A New Album - Find Your Place

Flutist, Bill McBirnie, Releases A New Album - Find Your Place

The Bill McBirnie Trio featuring Bernie Senensky and Anthony Michelli Find Your Place Bill McBirnie's new album, Find Your Place, departs in a significant way from his previously acclaimed acoustic jazz projects ("Mercy" with Robi Botos; “Paco Paco" with Bernie Senensky; and “Nature Boy" with Mark Eisenman). In FIND YOUR PLACE, Bill places the flute in ...


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Take Five With Ryan Oliver

Read "Take Five With Ryan Oliver" reviewed by Ryan Oliver

Meet Ryan Oliver:Juno-nominated, Toronto-based saxophonist, Ryan Oliver honed his craft in Canada's west coast before moving to Amsterdam, Toronto, and then New York. Since returning to Toronto, he has maintained a busy schedule as one of Canada's most in-demand saxophonists. Oliver has toured in India, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada with ...


Fun & Games

Label: GRP
Released: 1990


Free Spirit

Label: GRP
Released: 1981


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