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Bruce Cassidy


Bruce Cassidy (trumpeter, EVI player, composer, arranger, producer) was born in Fredricton, N.B , schooled in Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University. Bruce first started playing trumpet in Montreal in the 1950’s with Joe Sealy and Hubie Basso. After studying at the Berklee College in Boston he moved to Toronto where he became a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene, both in clubs and studios recording seven albums with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

He has recorded, played and toured with Doug Riley’s Dr. Music, Lighthouse, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Anne Murray as well as a number of symphony orchestras including the Toronto Symphony. Bruce composed for and performed with Blood Sweat and Tears, producing their last two albums and acting as musical director. Along the way he became an expert performer on the EVI, or electronic valve instrument created by his friend Nyle Steiner.

A move to South Africa in 1980 saw him involved in producing music for film, television, dance and orchestra and many other creative projects, immersed in South African culture. He currently performs with his “Hotfoot Orchestra” comprised of some of Toronto’s best musicians.

In his role as educator, Bruce is on the faculty of the Jazz Studies program at Humber College, Toronto.