David Restivo is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards’ Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who’s Who.
His all-star quintet will deliver a collection of original compositions from his 2016 Modica Music release, The Waves (with a few jazz standards thrown into the mix). It is music that strikes a balance between the familiar and the surprising; cutting edge, yet still highly accessible. In Restivo’s sonic world, the masters of the classic Blue Note era, such as Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock, rub shoulders with today’s stars like Kurt Rosenwinkel, gently infused with spices from beyond the jazz realm: subtle hints of Gustav Mahler, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Genesis.
He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan.
He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Tormé, John Pizarelli, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, and many other outstanding artists.
David has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto.
David was voted Toronto’s Best Kayboardist in NOW Magazine’s “Best of T.O.” readers’ poll in 1998 and received a Juno Award for his work on the 2001 recording The Rob McConnell Tentet (Justin Time).
David Restivo – piano
Alexander Brown – trumpet and flugelhorn
Kelly Jefferson – tenor and soprano saxophone
Jon Maharaj – bass
David Richards – drums