Quinsin Nachoff

A saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in NYC.  Nachoff is the total package.” (EXCLAIM MAGAZINE)
…an impressive display of sizzling, post-Coltrane inventiveness.” —Don Heckman, LA Times

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Private Lesson – 30 minutes $50
Private Lesson – 60 minutes $80
Master Class – 120 minutes $220

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Quinsin Nachoff is a saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in NYC. His disc Forward Motion (2011) was described as “Funky, passionate and intellectually probing, Nachoff is the total package.” (EXCLAIM MAGAZINE) His forthcoming release, Flux (Mythology), will feature Dave Binney (alto sax), Matt Mitchell (keyboards) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) and is due out at the end of 2013. Critic Peter Hum described the group at the Ottawa International Winter Jazz Festival as “a pure, bracing, thought-provoking music…cliche-and convention-free” and “advanced and viscerally hard-hitting original music”.

His CD of original music for jazz trio and string quartet, Magic Numbers (Songlines), was in the Top 10 New Releases of 2006 (PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER). Heralded as “one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years” (ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM), it features Jim Black (drums), Mark Helias (bass) and a string quartet led by violinist Nathalie Bonin. Horizons Ensemble (Musictronic), features the talents of British pianist John Taylor and Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger. It has garnered praise for being “bold, diverse and filled with compelling counterpoint.” (DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE) “Horizons Ensemble marks Nachoff as a major young jazz composer.” (GLOBE&MAIL) and “one of today’s most promising young composers” (ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM). A co-led project with French drummer Bruno Tocanne, 5 New Dreams (Cristal Records), has also garnered critical praise: Nachoff is “one of the revelations of the year” (JAZZMAN MAGAZINE – FRANCE) and “Virtuosic and brilliant as an instrumentalist” (JAZZMAGAZINE – FRANCE)

He is quite active as a composer in a variety settings. Recent commissions include a cross-over Violin Concerto for Montreal violinist Nathalie Bonin; a bigband commission for the Toronto Jazz Orchestra; and a classical flute and piano work for the Lee-Villanueva duo. A suite for Australian trumpeter Peter Knight’s 5+2 Brass Ensemble was premiered in June 2011 at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival; a classical work for clarinetist Peter Stoll and the Cecilia string quartet was premiered in 2011; an extended work for bigband was commissioned by the Greg Runions bigband and was premiered Sept 2010 with guest soloist trumpet ace Tim Hagans; and a commission for contemporary music ensemble Toca Loca was released on Centrediscs (2009).

Nachoff has toured internationally and nationally as a leader and is also active as a sideman with a multitude of creative projects in Canada, the United States and Europe. Most recently he was in Australia for a 3-week tour of his disc FoMo, and in France with Bruno Tocanne’s Collective New Dreams. He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Japan, China, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand. In 2012 he toured Canada with a quartet featuring Russ Johnson (trumpet), Andy Milne (keyboards) and Dan Weiss (drums).

Nachoff was the winner of a 2007 Chalmers Fellowship, the 2004 KM Hunter Award in Music, semifinalist in the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, a winner in the Canada Council Jazz I.D. Showcase and has been nominated for numerous Canadian National Jazz Awards, including Saxophonist and Clarinetist of the Year (2007 & 2008). He won a Juno award as part of Cuban pianist Hilario Duran’s Bigband for Best Contemporary Jazz Album (2008).

As a sideman he has performed and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson, Tim Hagans, Dave Binney, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thomson among others.

He has coached at the Banff Centre for the Arts and taught at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Most recently his ensemble was in a residency at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. He holds both an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Toronto.

“…a fascinating mind…exquisite, forlorn tenor”
—Downbeat Magazine

“…an impressive display of sizzling, post-Coltrane inventiveness.”
—Don Heckman, LA Times


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