Esplanade Studio Theatre

$5 at the door

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central


FRIDAY, JUNE 23 10:30 PM

Esplanade Lobby (club setting)

$20 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central


David Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a three time winner of the National Jazz Award for Pianist of the Year, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who. 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, Mel Tormé, John Pizarelli, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, and many other artists.

David has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts, St. Francis Xavier University, Humber College and the University of Toronto. David was voted Toronto's Best Keyboardist 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.

He can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Grammy-winning Mel Tormé/Rob McConnell collaboration Velvet and Brass, Mike Murley's Conversation Piece, Marc Jordan's This is How Men Cry, and his own lauded debut Prayer for Humankind(ness).

David's new CD The Waves, his first release as a leader in 14 years, featuring Alexander Brown, Kelly Jefferson, Luke Sellick and Maxwell Roach, presents a cycle of songs that, while diverse in mood and intent, flow together to form a complete artistic statement which looks to the future whilst firmly rooted in the traditions of the past.

Joining David at JazzFest are Jodi Proznick on bass and Alyssa Falk on drums. David's return to JazzFest is long over-due. Welcome back!