Alex Bird

Alex Bird

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: Toronto

Every now and again, an act emerges from the cosmos and shakes up the planet. One of those groundbreaking bands is Alex Bird and the Jazz Mavericks. Bird and his group of talented players are rewriting the text book for vocal-infused Jazz. Joining the stable of contemporary Jazz creators like Michael Bublé, John Pizzarelli and Esperanza Spalding, Bird proves to be every bit as talented and deft as his counterparts.
—Brian M. Owens, Metronome Magazine (Boston)

Updated: May 24, 2021

Born: September 18, 1990

THE STORY...

Alex Bird is a Jazz singer/songwriter in Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his newly released debut album, “Whisky Kisses” (Oct 23rd, 2020). The album is comprised of 11 new original songs. The title track was released in May of 2020 and was awarded Best Jazz Song at the World Songwriting Awards. “The Way She Moves” was released as a debut single in November of 2019. It was featured on All About Jazz as track of the day and was awarded the #1spot in reader favourites on Jazziz Magazine’s “Inside Track”.

“Whisky Kisses” has already had a great response. Reviews and airplay have come in from Canada, USA, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, UK, and many others. Reviews are still coming in, including having the album picked up and distributed into stores all around Japan.

Alex and the Jazz Mavericks were also just awarded a grant by the Canada Council for the Arts to fully fund a second album, due for release in 2021.

And in April of 2021, Alex joined Jazzcast.ca where he is the host of his own show entitled, “I’m Old Fashioned”, a weekly journey to the land of the crooners and torch singers; showcasing the lesser heard gems.

Alex literally grew up with the classics. As a young boy he was taken to hang around the Toronto Jazz scene, and had the opportunity to see and meet many of the greats along the way; Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Mel Torme, Ray Charles...the list goes on. Without even knowing it, his musical training developed, sitting around at smoky Jazz clubs into the wee small hours of the morning.

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”Some lazy journalists and singing fans are trying to say that Canadian vocalist Alex Bird is a rival to fellow Canuck Michael Buble’. Well, after listening to his smoking debut, that critique is like saying that Kamasi Washington is a rival to Kenny G! As my daughter once said about Buble’, “If I want to listen to Mel Torme’, I’ll put on Mel Torme’”. Buble’ is “safe”, where as the more dangerous Bird, on the other hand, is the word! Bird’s writing, like his delivery, already has a completely underivative feel, with one foot in the tradition and the other in the dimly lit side streets.” – George Harris at Jazz Weekly (USA)

“Very much a modern take on the traditions of the Great American Songbook, Bird resonates with a quality parallel to Tony Bennett or Harry Connick Jr., and this debut album easily solidifies him as a highly skilled artist with both intimate and adventurous song craft that sounds as great today as it will 30 years from now.” - Tom Haugen at Take Effect Reviews (USA)

“Vocals are a rival to Michael Bublé with a dash of Edwyn Collins

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Chet Baker
trumpet
Tony Bennett
voice / vocals
Frank Sinatra
voice / vocals
Sam Cooke
voice / vocals
Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Peggy Lee
voice / vocals
Mel Torme
voice / vocals
Bobby Darin
voice / vocals

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Gotta Run

From: Whisky Kisses
By Alex Bird

Whisky Kisses

From: Whisky Kisses
By Alex Bird

The Way She Moves

From: The Way She Moves (Debut Single)
By Alex Bird