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Quinsin Nachoff

NYC-based Canadian saxophonist, composer and clarinetist Quinsin Nachoff "is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds hereabouts” (Globe&Mail).
His latest release, FoMo, is an adventure in jazz and rock exploration.
Nachoff's previous release, Horizons Ensemble, described as "an enticing combination of plangent romanticism and dark percussive drama" (AllAboutJazz), features the talents of British pianist John Taylor, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, violinists Nathalie Bonin and Parmela Attariwila.
"Horizons Ensemble marks Nachoff as a major young jazz composer." (**** Globe&Mail - Canada's National Newspaper)
"An impressive, intense, and colourful musical experience." (
His disc Magic Numbers (Songlines) integrates a string quartet with a jazz trio. Heralded as “one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years” (, it features New York drummer Jim Black and bassist Mark Helias.
Nachoff also leads a variety of eclectic ensembles. 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 has recently completed several weighty commissions. A new extended work for bigband was commissioned by the Greg Runions bigband and was premiered Sept 2010 with guest soloist trumpet ace Tim Hagans. A commission for contemporary music ensemble Toca Loca was released on Centrediscs (2009). He is currently working on a Violin Concerto commission for Grammy-nominated Montreal violinist virtuoso Nathalie Bonin; music for brass quintet and drums for Australian trumpeter Peter Knight; and a classical work for clarinet and string quartet for clarinetist Peter Stoll.

Nachoff has toured internationally and nationally as a leader and is very active as a sideman with a multitude of creative projects in Canada, the United States and Europe. He organized a six-week tour as a leader through Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs in 2004. He also toured the Canadian jazz festival circuit to promote his debut CD, Quiescence (Mustictronic), in 2000.

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

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

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

“ of Canada’s leading saxophone innovators…”
—Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star