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Petr Cancura

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: April 23, 1977    

Petr Cancura

Petr Cancura is sought-after for his original voice. With 16 released albums under his belt, he has recorded and performed with Grammy-nominated Danilo Perez, Bob Moses and Kathleen Edwards, John Lockwood, Joe Maneri, Cecil McBee and the Juno award-winning Mighty Popo among others.

The Petr Cancura Trio has been featured on CBC Radio’s Signal, and continues to tour internationally with acclaim. In 2007 Petr was a featured resident artist and co-ordinator at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s Ottawa Composers Collective as well as the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Cross-Cultural Experiment....
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“The opening was folksy, with the mandolin of Petr Cancura (he also plays rugged postbop tenor sax) announcing a prancing theme that transformed into a dark sax riff over a bumpy groove… the departures from conventional bop phrasing was one of the gig's fascinating features.” John Fordham, The Guardian, London, UK

“Petr Cancura is a great musician. He has all of the skills, imagination, versatility, and artistry he needs to be one of the great saxophonists of his generation.” Joe Morris, guitar legend

“Petr Cancura is a sax player who's always been good, has always been a great player. But in the last year or two has just lit himself on fire. I don't know what's happened to him—he's playing has just gone up a notch. And he plays with a lot of different people” Bill Stunt, Ontario Regional Music Producer, CBC radio

“… Cancura's sunny manner is infectious. It rubs off on the audience and his bandmates. And it shines through in his music. Even his darker compositions, like Ballad, a mysterious, slow-moving chamber piece that was among the evening's highlights, still somehow seem joyful.” Doug Fisher, Ottawa Citizen

  • Down Home

    RootsToBoot Music
    2013
  • PeopleMusic

    RootsToBoot Music
    2009

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