LLP Celebrates Two 2023 JUNO Nominations for The Ostara Project and Luis Deniz 

The new, all-female Canadian supergroup The Ostara Project and JUNO Award-winning alto saxophonist Luis Deniz are celebrating nominations in the Vocal Jazz Album and Jazz Album: Solo categories.

On January 31, The JUNO Awards announced its official 2023 list of nominees. The Ostara Project, a new, all-female Canadian jazz supergroup has received a nomination in Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for their eponymous debut album while saxophonist Luis Deniz was nominated for his new Latin jazz release El Tinajón in the Jazz Album of the Year: Solo category.

Released last November via Cellar Music Group, The Ostara Project boasts an impressive roster of some of the Canadian jazz scene’s finest musicians, including co-leaders bassist Jodi Proznick and pianist Amanda Tosoff, vocalist Joanna Majoko, trumpeter Rachel Therrien, alto saxophonist Allison Au, guitarist Jocelyn Gould and drummer Sanah Kadoura. The cast sources its title from Ostara, the Germanic goddess of the spring equinox. Its music—overflowing with rebirth and rejuvenation—takes a similar inspiration. 

“The Ostara Project is honoured to be nominated for a JUNO award alongside so many outstanding artists,” co-leader Proznick shares. “Each musician in our group is a composer and band leader in her own right. We hope this nomination encourages music lovers to check out the original music of all the artists in the group and help celebrate the powerful creativity of women in jazz.”

The Ostara Project is nominated alongside Caity Gyorgy, Diana Panton, Laura Anglade and Sam Kirmayer and Nikki Yanofsky.This nomination marks the fourth JUNO nomination for Cellar Music Group.

GRAMMY®-nominated and JUNO Award-winning alto saxophonist, composer and educator Luis Deniz released his debut record, El Tinajón, last May via Modica Music. This tremendously varied debut statement carries listeners through a wide range of sounds from hard bop to Afro-Cuban, following the Cuban-born bandleader through a rich timeline of his varied cultural influences living in Camaguey, Florida and Canada.

“It’s a great honour and quite a surprise to have my very first recording as a leader nominated!” Deniz shared in a statement. “I’m thrilled and quite humbled to be recognized by the Canadian music industry, and to be nominated amongst great musicians with amazing albums. It also makes me very happy to share this nomination with everyone involved in making this album, and I hope it translates as a thank you and recognition for their equally hard work.”

Deniz is nominated alongside the distinguished Ernesto Cervini, Lauren Falls, Rafael Zaldivar and Renee Rosnes. Uniquely, he is featured on both Zaldivar’s Rumba and Cervini’s Joy nominated in the same category, as well as Mark Kelso’s The Dragon’s Tail, nominated in the Jazz Album of the Year: Group category. Deniz’s nomination for El Tinajón marks the 13th JUNO nomination for Modica Music. 

The 2023 JUNO Awards will take place on March 13, 2023 at 8pm EST at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.


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