Lorne Lofsky

Born, raised and based in Toronto, Canada, jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky's career began when Oscar Peterson offered to produce his first record, It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records), in 1980. During the years that followed, Lofsky worked extensively in the Toronto area, and toured with the likes of Pat LaBarbera, and fellow guitarist Ed Bickert. Bickert and Lofsky's fruitful collaboration ran from 1983 through 1991 and produced two widely-acclaimed recordings, including the well-known 1990 Concord release This Is New. In the mid-1990's, Lofsky gained further recognition as a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet. From 1994-1996, Lofsky toured with Peterson's group at venues all over the world from Carnegie Hall to the Montreal Jazz Festival, and appeared on three recordings. Lofsky was Chet Baker's go to Canadian guitarist - heavily featured on the legendary jazz trumpeter's 2000 release Live at the Renaissance II. His other notable collaborations include performances with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Benny Carter, Joey DeFrancesco, Dave Holland, Rosemary Clooney, and Clark Terry among others.

While Lofsky has built a widely-respected reputation as a world-class player, he has also become known as a prominent and sought-after educator. Currently, he teaches at York University and Humber College in Toronto, has an extensive private teaching practice, and has guest lectured at a plethora of top-notch institutions such as St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and McGill University in Montreal, among others. A master guitarist known for pianistic voicings and virtuosic skill, Lofsky is considered one of Canada's greatest musical treasures. His newest album This Song Is New - out now on Modica Music, is his first recording as a leader in over two decades, and signals an exciting new page in the guitarist's illustrious career.

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