Amanda Tosoff Amanda Tosoff

Toronto-based jazz pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff has emerged as one of the top new talents on the Canadian jazz scene. Tosoff has released 2 CDs on Vancouver’s Cellar Live label: “Still Life” (2006), and “Wait and See” (2008) featuring Juno award-winning trumpeter Brad Turner. In 2010, Tosoff released her 3rd CD “Looking North”, the first release on her own record label Oceans Beyond Records. In addition to her long-time quartet, this album features NY-based trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, Toronto’s Kelly Jefferson on tenor saxophone, and William Carn on trombone.

Tosoff has performed with a long list of internationally recognized talent, including such luminaries as Ingrid Jensen, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Joel Miller, Brad Turner, Jodi Proznick among others. She has opened for jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and Luciana Souza. She has also recorded for CBC Radio programs “Hot Air”, “Tonic”, “Jazz Beat” and “Canada Live”. In 2008, Tosoff's group was included on Espace Musique’s live concert series “Portraits Jazz”, alongside 7 other Canadian bands.

Tosoff has received several prestigious awards, including the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award (2007) at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montréal Jazz Festival (2009). In 2010, her quartet was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Banff Centre Winter Workshop. Most recently, Tosoff received a Canada Council grant to study with pianist Phil Markowitz in New York City for three months.

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“... a gifted musician with refined compositional skills.” - Marke Andrews, (Vancouver Sun Review)

“They prove that jazz is in very good hands indeed!” - Paul Grant (CBC Radio's “Hot Air”)

“Tosoff shows a remarkable grasp of the art of the song.” - Raul d'Gama Rose, (Allaboutjazz.com)

“Two things that make Tosoff's jazz fun are the generosity she gives to her backing quartet that leaves it lots of room, and her piano playing, which has a playful curiosity” - Tom Harrison (The Province)

“This group exemplifies so many of the great and positive things that young jazz musicians have going for them; compositional talent, instrumental talent, and devotion to the music and one another.” - Katie Malloch (CBC Radio)

“...Tosoff shows great promise: as a composer, leader, and performer..

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Toronto

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Amanda currently teaches private jazz lessons and group classes in Toronto as well as over the internet. Contact her through www.amandatosoff.com for more information. She has also taught workshops on composition, jazz history and improvisation at schools such as Lethbridge University, Red Deer College, Capilano College and more.

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