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Brian Ogilvie


BRIAN OGILVIE (saxophonist, clarinetist) was born on March 20, 1954 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He passed away on August 24, 2004 after appearing at a jazz festival in Inverness, Scotland. He lived and worked in bands and ensembles in Toronto for many years, even leading his own band with his talented brothers. He toured frequently performing at many of the world’s most distinguished jazz festivals including Edinburgh (Scotland) and Brecon (Wales).

Internationally regarded as ‘a saxophonist and clarinetist of extraordinary ability in the interpretation of early jazz forms’ Ogilvie spent the last several years of his life in the U.S.A., playing with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band from 1992 to 1995. He appeared on all ‘Riverwalk Jazz’ shows throughout that time, contributing a number of original compositions to the syndicated radio series, and playing on several JCJB CDs. He relocated to New Orleans after leaving the Cullum band, continuing to appear at American and international jazz festivals until his death.

Brian Ogilvie played with the Magnolia Brass Band when they performed in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series on January 4, 1987. On February 1, 1988 he led his own Ogilvie Brothers Jazztet in the same series with his brother Don Ogilvie on guitar and Neil Swainson on bass.


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John Sumner (drums), Duncan Hopkins (bass), Brian Ogilvie (sax)