194 Queen West, Toronto

Brenda Earle Group (NYC)

Brenda Earle-Vocals/Piano, Ted Quinlan-Guitar, Mike Downes-Bass & Anthony Michelli-Drums

New York-based pianist/vocalist/composer returns to the Rex for the first time since 2006 to celebrate the release of her new CD "Songs For a New Day".

A Sarnia native, Earle moved to Toronto in the mid-1990s to attend York University for jazz piano.  For the next six years she remained a staple of the Toronto jazz scene playing regularly at the Rex and the now-defunct Top O The Senator and Montreal Bistro.

Since moving to New York, Earle has performed/recorded with Donny McCaslin, the Numinous Ensemble, Dick Oatts, John Riley, Wycliffe Gordon and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.  In 2007, Brenda’s piano playing was recognized when she made finalist at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.  Brenda has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia festival in Chicago, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and in clubs and festivals across the US, Canada and New Zealand.

“…a breezy delight.” – Time Out New York
“Her keyboard work throughout embodies lyrical melody, deft harmonies and smart pacing…” – The Toronto Star

"...the first to stand out was pianist-singer Brenda Earle, whose talent gracefully bridges jazz and pop." - The Washington Post