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Dean Graham Wolfe

Vancouver Island-based Wolfe has performed hundreds of times on stages in Canada and the USA as both a flashy pop-rock guitar-slinging band mate, and as a cuddlier version of Bruce Cockburn in acoustic singer/songwriter mode. Wolfe, a recent transplant from Toronto, hosted open mic nights in Victoria for six months- accepting the opportunity to mingle with local talent. At the end of his stint he realized he'd long neglected his passion as a teen for jazz fusion in the likes of Weather Report, Bruford and Al Di Meola- a genre completely absent during the nights on the cafe stage. Through the miracle craigslist, Wolfe unexpectedly and completely out of left field to all his family and friends- became guitarist for nFuze and added yet another genre to his repertoire: instrumental jazz fusion. The Victoria-based quintet sticks to melody and atmosphere rather than the austere or frenetic. Half their set is covers and it is the sweeping scope of Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays tunes where they are most comfortable. Wolfe's life as prolific songwriter/composer started at age 10 on the piano in his hometown of St. Catharines Ontario. But by age 12 he realized his main musical life-companion would have only 6 strings; but infinitely more possibilities for self-expression. His favorite guitar teacher was - by happy accident - a professional jazz guitarist. Wolfe learned early to apply these teachings to rock music. Wolfe would take cello for 2 years in high school and has added these soulfully sweet sounds to his several CDs, as well as hitting Toronto stages as a multi-instrumentalist for other alternative rock bands. In 2014 Wolfe composed a solo CD of instrumental progressive fusion jazz titled 'Profusion'. Some of the material is being reinterpreted by the other agile creative musicians of nFuze and will find it's way onto the debut self- title CD nFuze due Spring 2015. Dean still does appearances as a solo singer/songwriter/guitarist on his 'flying fingers' tour; accompanies jazz singer Pauline Karch around town; writes and records commercial music in multiple genres; produces/engineers recordings for other local Vancouver Island musicians when time permits.

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