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Lorne Lofsky

Scott Amendola

Lorne Lofsky started off playing rock music but took an interest in jazz upon hearing the Miles Davis album Kind of Blue. Hearing this record was, for Lofsky, a musical revelation that led to a dramatic change is his approach to playing music. He began a more formal study of music while attending York University, in the mid 70’s, focusing on jazz theory and performance. He spent two years under the guidance of John Gittins and Bob Witmer.

At a gig in Toronto, Lofsky met jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. A few weeks later he received a phone call from Peterson who offered to produce a record for him on the prestigious Pablo record label. The result was his debut album It Could Happen To You. Lofsky worked extensively with Oscar Peterson, and from ’94-’96, he was a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet. The group performed at Carnegie Hall in N.Y.C., the Montreal Jazz Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil and played numerous concerts throughout Europe. In addition, Lofsky was featured on 3 CDs with Peterson.

In the early 80’s, Lofsky began an important musical association with saxophonist Kirk Macdonald leading to the formation of a quartet that has continued to perform extensively in the Toronto area. Various versions of this quartet have played numerous dates outside of Toronto, including the Atlantic Jazz Festival, Montreal’s Upstairs Club, Vancouver’s Cotton Club and others.

Since the late 1970s, Lofsky has worked as a jazz performance instructor at York University in Toronto. Additionally, he taught for several years at the University of Toronto and has an extensive private teaching practice. Lofsky has recorded two records on the Jazz Inspiration label, Lorne Lofsky and Bill Please.

Lorne Lofsky continues to teach and perform in the Toronto area where he remains a mainstay of the jazz scene.