Quinsin Nachoff

Canadian saxophonist and composer Quinsin ‘Nachoff…is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds hereabouts’ (Globe&Mail). His latest CD of original music, Magic Numbers, released in 2006 on the Songlines label, integrates a string quartet with a jazz trio. Heralded as ‘one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years’ (AllAboutJazz.com), it features New York drummer Jim Black and bassist Mark Helias. His upcoming release of original compositions will feature the talents of British pianist John Taylor and Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger. He also leads a variety of eclectic ensembles.
He recently completed a commission for contemporary music ensemble Toca Loca, with a premier in March 2008. Nachoff organized a six week tour through Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs in 2004. He also toured the Canadian jazz festival circuit as a leader to promote his debut CD, Quiescence in 2000.
He has studied with Joe Lovano, Jim McNeely, Frank Falco, Alex Dean, and Mike Murley among others. He was a winner of a 2007 Chalmers Fellowship, the 2004 KM Hunter Award in Music, semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxophone Competition, a winner in the Canada Council Jazz I.D. Showcase and has been nominated for numerous National Jazz Awards, including Saxophonist and Clarinetist of the Year. He won a Juno award as part of Hilario Duran’s Bigband for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.
As a sideman he has performed and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson, Dave Binney, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thomson among others. He performs regularly with Tim Posgate’s Hornband, Darren Sigesmund’s Strands Quintet, Michael Herrings’ Vertigo, Dave McMurdo’s Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bates’ Outside Sources, JUNO winner Hilario Duran’s Big Band and David Buchbinder’s Odessa-Havana project. These projects keep him on a busy schedule recording and touring North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
He has coached at the Banff Centre for the Arts and currently teaches at the University of Toronto and Humber College. He holds both an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto.
‘…a fascinating mind…exquisite, forlorn tenor’
–Downbeat Magazine
‘…an impressive display of sizzling, post-Coltrane inventiveness.’
–Don Heckman, LA Times
‘…one of Canada’s leading saxophone innovators…’
–Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star