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Canadian trumpeter Bruce Cassidy is a former musical director of Blood Sweat and Tears (BS&T) and for David Clayton-Thomas. He has recorded extensively with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Doctor Music, and the rock band Lighthouse. Cassidy is one of the foremost proponents of the expressive Electronic Valve Instrument, playing it since its invention in 1979.

In 1980, after a world tour with BS&T, he moved to South Africa where he worked as a multimedia composer and explored African music and rhythms. He returned to Toronto in 2003.   At present, he leads three groups in Toronto –- Bruce Cassidy’s Anti-Gravity Machine (a 15-piece jazz chamber jazz orchestra with strings), Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra (a 6-horn jazz-fusion band, and Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga (pronounced ba-conga), a South African township jazz trio.

He also performs with various local Toronto ensembles and with his own trio and quartet. His interest and experience ranges from pop to orchestral, from classic jazz to the avant.   He is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at York University.

This evening’s all-star BRUCE CASSIDY QUARTET features jazz masters TOM SZCZESNIAK on piano, ARTIE ROTH on bass, and TERRY CLARKE on drums, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.