By Ron Schepper, Textura

“I just plug my guitar into an amp, try to get a decent sound, and then, you know, sail away” (quote taken from James Hale’s liner notes for This Song Is New). Such humility is characteristic of Toronto-based jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, who’s long been one of this country’s musical treasures. The Canadian jazz ambassador’s career took off when Oscar Peterson produced his debut album, It Could Happen To You, in 1980. Thereafter, Lofsky toured with renowned Canadian players such as saxophonist Pat LaBarbera and guitarist Ed Bickert and performed as a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet in the mid-‘90s. Lofsky’s performed with many another legend besides, with names such as Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, and Dave Holland a sampling of those with whom he’s played. Read more here.


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