Part 2 of our ‘Morgan Childs & Friends’ series in June 2011.
Morgan Childs – Drums
N.Y.’s Josh Deutsch – Trumpet
Amanda Tosoff – Piano
Born in Vancouver, drummer Morgan Childs was raised in a musical family in Invermere, BC, before relocating to Vancouver in order to attend Capilano College, where he studied with mentors Blaine ‘Wacker’ Wikjord, Dave Robbins, and pianists Ross Taggart and Chris Sigerson. A graduate of that program, Childs has also attended the Banff Centre International Jazz Workshop, where he studied with NYC drummers Clarence Penn, Ari Hoenig and Jim Black, and performed with Mark Turner, Mike Murley, Django Bates, Kenny Werner and others. In the past few years, Childs has become an in demand drummer on the Canadian jazz scene, performing with his own groups, and the trio/quartet of pianist Amanda Tosoff, as well as lending his talents to a host of national and international artists including Phil Dwyer, Hugh Fraser, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Mike Allen, Bruno Hubert, Bill Coon, Rob Scheps, Laila Biali, Chris Gale, and many others. Childs is a recipient of the Fraser MacPherson Music Scholarship Fund, and the Galaxie Rising Star Award (with Amanda Tosoff’s quartet, 2007).
Josh Deutsch is a trumpeter, composer and educator residing in Queens, New York. A native of Seattle, Josh started as a pianist and composer, before finding an affinity for jazz trumpet in the award-winning jazz bands at Washington Middle School and Garfield High School. Josh went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Danilo Pérez, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, Allan Chase and composer Lee Hyla. A three-time participant at the Banff International Jazz Workshop, Josh worked closely with such musicians as Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas and Kenny Werner. In 2006, Josh was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship to the University of Oregon, and earned a Masters of Music in Jazz Performance and Composition in the spring of 2009.
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 Kukurudza 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.