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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.

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