Kelly Jefferson

  • June 28, 2024
  • 6:30 pm
  • TD Village Stage


Multiple Juno award–winning saxophonist, composer and educator Kelly Jefferson has been a leading figure in the Canadian jazz community and beyond for over twenty-five years. Kelly’s saxophone playing can be heard on over 130 recordings.

He has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, Kenny Werner, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Michel LeGrand, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, as well as Ray Brown, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Renee Rosnes, Johnny Mathis, Russell Malone and Joey DeFrancesco, among many others.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Montréal’s McGill University and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Kelly has performed extensively in Canada, the United States, Japan, Thailand, South America, Europe, South Korea and China, including a nine-month tour with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.

His most recent album entitled Rituals was released in September of 2023 on the Cellar Live label. The Kelly Jefferson Quartet release Next Exit, was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award.
Currently a faculty member at both the University of Toronto and York University, Kelly has adjudicated at music festivals throughout North America. He also serves on the jazz faculty at Interprovincial Music Camp as well as the Stratford Summer Music Festival’s Jazz Academy.
An active freelance musician, clinician and guest artist, Kelly performs regularly with artists that include Emilie-Claire Barlow, the Carn-Davidson 9, Laila Biali and The Shuffle Demons.