194 Queen West, Toronto

Amanda Tosoff Group


May 7: Amanda Tosoff-Piano, Dan Fortin-B & Morgan Childs-Dr

May 14/21/28: Amanda Tosoff-Piano Jon Maharaj-Bass Morgan Childs-Drums 


Amanda Tosoff bio:

Toronto-based jazz pianist and composer
Amanda Tosoff has emerged as one of the
top new talents on the Canadian jazz scene.
Originally from White Rock BC, Amanda
grew up in a musical family, and attended
Semiahmoo high school, renowned for its
big band jazz program under award-winning
educator David Proznick. In 2005, Amanda
earned her degree in jazz performance from
Capilano University, where she studied with
Canadian jazz greats Ross Taggart, Mike Allen,
Chris Sigerson, Ihor Kukrudza and more.
Amanda has performed with a long list of
internationally recognized talent, including
such luminaries as Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan,
Phil Dwyer, Jodi Proznick, Ian Hendrickson-
Smith, Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Brad
Turner, Steve Wallace, Campbell Ryga and
many others. She has received mentoring
and private instruction from some of the
greatest pianists in Canada and the United
States, including Don Thompson, Brad Turner,
Bruno Hubert, George Colligan, Phil Dwyer
and Uri Caine.

Amanda’s long-time band features fellow
award-winning musicians Evan Arntzen (tenor
and soprano saxophone), Sean Cronin (bass)
and Morgan Childs (drums). With this group,
Amanda has released 2 CDs on Vancouver’s
Cellar Live label: Still Life (2006), and Wait
and See (2008) featuring Juno award winning
trumpeter Brad Turner. The Amanda Tosoff
Quartet has opened for jazz legends Bobby
Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes and Oliver Jones,
and has been featured on CBC Radio programs
Hot Air, Tonic, Jazz Beat and Canada Live. In
2008, the group was chosen as one of only
seven Canadian bands to be featured on
Espace Musique’s live concert series Portraits
Jazz. They have also been featured on US
radio, charting among the top 50 records on
JazzWeek, and being chosen along with Oscar
Peterson and Diana Krall for the CD sampler
Take Five (National Public Radio).
The quartet has been the recipient of several
prestigious awards, including the CBC Galaxie
Rising Star Award (2007) at the Vancouver
International Jazz Festival, and the General
Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montréal Jazz
Festival (2009). Most recently, the quartet was
awarded a full scholarship to attend the Banff
Centre Winter Workshop (2010). With the
assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts,
Amanda will travel to New York City in the
winter of 2011 to study for three months with
pianist Phil Markowitz.

Amanda will release her 3rd CD as a leader
this fall (2010), the first release on her own
record label Oceans Beyond Records. In
addition to her long-time quartet, the album
features NY-based trumpeter Ingrid Jensen,
and Toronto’s Kelly Jefferson on tenor
saxophone and William Carn on trombone.
The album features nine new Tosoff originals,
with influences ranging from Duke Ellington
and Ray Charles to African grooves and
modern pop music.

The Amanda Tosoff Quartet/Quintet will hit
the road on several tours in 2010 and 2011.