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    David Cruz

    David Cruz is an up and coming jazz  guitarist based in Toronto.

    David Cruz is an up and coming jazz guitarist based in Toronto. David began piano lessons at the age of six and eventually picked up the guitar at age ten. David attended a performing arts high school in Mississauga. In his last year of high school he joined the Humber college community music program. In his time there he played in an ensemble led by Johnny Griffith and studied privately with Emile D'Eon. David went on to study music at York University. Here he studied privately with Lorne Lofsky. He also had the opportunity to study under; Kelly Jefferson, Roy Patterson, Sundar Viswanathan, and Anthony Michelli.

    David gigs in Toronto regularly. His main project is called FOMA, (@fomaband on Instagram) a group that focus’ on playing modern jazz music with an awareness of hip-hop and funk. David has a great deal of big band experience, having played in the York University Jazz Orchestra and the Toronto all Star Big Band. David works as a sideman for countless projects and plays small jazz gigs at restaurants and private functions across the city. You can always count on David to bring fresh takes to standard tunes as well as depth and maturity to original tunes.


    Track Info


    “Place St. Henri” Oscar Peterson Time: 3:57

    Album: Canadiana Suite on Limelight Records 1964 Oscar Peterson-Piano Ray Brown- Bass Ed Thigpen- Drums


    “Easy Street” Ed Bickert Time: 5:39

    Album: I Wished on The Moon on Concord Records 1985 Ed Bickert-Guitar Rick Wilkins- Tenor Saxophone Steve Wallace- Bass Terry Clark- Drums


    “Dreaming” Avishai Cohen Time: 2:52 Album: Seven Seas on Blue Note 2011 Avishai Cohen- Bass/Vocals/Piano Itamar Doari- Percussion *Shai Maestro is the pianist on the album. Though Cohen’s website credits him with playing piano on “Dreaming”.


    “Beatrice” Fred Hersch & Julian Lage Time: 5:30 Album: Free Flying on Palmetto Records 2013 Fred Hersch- Piano Julian Lage- Guitar


    “There is No Greater Love” David Cruz Time: 3:27 Recorded at York University 2017 David Cruz- Guitar Wagner Pembe- Piano William Dietrich- Bass Sam Ruttan- Drums


    “My Funny Valentine” Lorne Lofsky, Guido Basso, Joey Defrancesco, Vito Rezza Time: 5:24 Album: One Take on Alma Records 2004 Lorne Lofsky- Guitar Guido Basso- Flugelhorn Joey DeFrancesco- B3 Organ Vito Rezza- Drums


    “Persian Rug” Julian Lage Time: 3:20 Album: Live in Los Angeles on Mack Avenue Records 2016 Julian Lage- Guitar Scott Colley- Bass Kenny Wollesen- Drums Total Music Play Time is 28:49






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