EMILY STEINWALL is a saxophone player, vocalist, flautist and bandleader based in Toronto. She toured as a backup singer with Alessia Cara from May 2018 until January 2019, and through that has performed on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert ” and “Austin City Limits”, among other notable television broadcasts. She has also performed on world renowned stages, including Madison Square Garden, Scotiabank Arena (formerly the ACC), and at MTV’s European Music Awards.
In 2018, Steinwall was named the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival’s 2018 Rising Young Star. In 2017, she was named one of CBC’s “35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35” at only 22 years old, and was also the recipient of JAZZ.FM91’s prestigious Mary Alice Stewart Award.
She is a graduate of Humber College’s Bachelor of Music Program, where she studied jazz saxophone. Being the granddaughter of two jazz musicians, Jack and Carol Long, she has a very deep connection to the jazz tradition. She has been largely influenced by jazz musicians Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon and John and Alice Coltrane.
Her latest project, under her own name, is a sharp turn from her past work as a bandleader, with a genre-blending sound that features for the first time her abilities as a lyricist. In this project, Steinwall explores the ways in which music can be used as a modality of emotional and spiritual healing, for both the performer and audience, and looks to the balancing forces of nature which exist inside and outside of the body for inspiration. She is deeply motivated to use music as a tool to honour and heal the Earth and her relationship to it.
This evening’s stellar EMILY STEINWELL QUARTET also features EWEN FARNCOMBE on piano, JULIAN ANDERSON BOWES on bass, and DAVID STEINMETZ on drums, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.