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Orhan Demir

Canadian Jazz Guitarist, Composer Orhan Demir was born in Turkey in 1954 on September 29th. In 1977 he left Turkey and came to Canada. Some of his earliest influences include the principal groups of the “1970`s jazz-fusion” era and afterwards the cream of the 1950`s and 1960`s , jazz stylists (John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Django Reinhardt, Charles Mingus, etc..). Discography: Freedom in Jazz Vol.2 (CD-2020), Freedom in Jazz (CD-2019), Originals Vol.2 (CD-2018), Originals (CD- 1997), Guitar Plus (CD-1998), Hot Cargo (CD-1993), Sultan Of Strings (LP-1990), Windmill (LP-1989), North West (LP- 1988), The Way I See You (LP-1986).

MUSICIAN Born:

Heidi Savoie

Pianist and Vocalist from Toronto, ON

Sophia Smith

The Sophia Smith Quartet combines a mixture of traditional jazz elements with original modern jazz compositions. Sophia’s compositions create a unique blend of memorable melodies, lush harmony and improvisation, inspired by the compositions of Kenny Garrett, Chris Potter and Pat Metheny. The bright, yet warm sound of Sophia’s alto saxophone lends to the feel-good vibe of her compositions, which leave audiences uplifted. Listeners often describe the quartet’s music as unique since it appeals to many different musical tastes - it is rooted in the jazz tradition and has a deep exploration of structured and free improvisation, but at the same time, it has a fresh twist that is accessible to music lovers of all kinds due to the intriguing, sing-able melodies and pleasing sonorities

Take Five with Alex Bird

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Meet Alex Bird Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor in jny: Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex and his “Jazz Mavericks" are currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with their soon to be released, all original debut album, “Whisky Kisses" (Summer 2020). “The Way ...

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Angela Turone & Chris Platt

Angela Turone and Chris Platt are Canadian musicians that have been collaborating since 2014. Angela and Chris met in their hometown, Toronto, while completing their studies in the jazz performance program at the University of Toronto. There, they discovered a common love and appreciation for Brazilian music and came together as an ensemble. With Angela on vocals and piano and Chris on guitar, they seek to explore the diverse and beautiful music of Brazil, performing their creative interpretations of repertoire from the bossa nova, samba and jazz genres. Their 2020, FACTOR-funded album Sounds of Brazil is a reflection of Angela and Chris’ deep interest in Brazilian music and how it intertwines with their jazz roots

Take Five with Bartosz Hadala

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Meet Bartosz Hadala Bartosz Hadala was born in Stalowa Wola, Poland and started his musical education at the age 7 at the local School of Music. Still as a teenager he participated in competitions, workshops and festivals. He became the youngest finalist in the Mieczyslaw Kosz International Jazz Piano Competition at the age 15. Two years ...

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Alex Bird And The Jazz Mavericks: 'Whisky Kisses' (Single)

Alex Bird And The Jazz Mavericks: 'Whisky Kisses' (Single)

TITLE TRACK FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM “WHISKY KISSES” Alex Bird and the Jazz Mavericks have been turning heads across the Toronto Jazz scene, and now they bring to you one more single, “Whisky Kisses”, the title track from their upcoming, all original debut album (Summer 2020). It is a song that is very much needed right ...

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Bartosz Hadala Group Releases 'Three Short Stories'

Bartosz Hadala Group Releases 'Three Short Stories'

Polish-Canadian pianist and composer Bartosz Hadala is thrilled to announce the release of his new jazz album, Three Short Stories, the highly- anticipated follow-up to his critically- acclaimed and successful debut jazz album, The Runner Up (featuring Randy Brecker & Antonio Sanchez). Three Short Stories invites the listener to share Hadala's deeply personal journey through a ...

Harrison Argatoff

Harrison Argatoff is a Toronto based tenor saxophonist and composer. A recent graduate of The University of Toronto’s jazz program, he strives to create an original musical voice capable of imparting personality, character, 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 have deeply affected his personal and artistic endeavors. Harrison is currently focusing on developing a modern approach to music through original composition for a variety of ensembles, and also for solo performance


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