Alex Bird

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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.

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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Whisky Kisses

Self Produced
2020

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The Way She Moves...

Self Produced
2019

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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

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