“Ian’s performance of ‘The Lament’ created the most beautiful and soulful moment in the show! He strives for perfection each and every time he performs the piece”.
Music Director Bombay Dreams
Singer, actor and comedian Ian Jutsun began his singing career at the age of 13 in Montreal and has lived in Toronto since 1992. Ian is an accomplished and consummate performer with thousands of live performances to his credit and has worked in TV, theater and film throughout North America.
Ian’s numerous accomplishments and affiliations include:
• Featured singer and principal actor on Broadway in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production Bombay Dreams.
• Worked directly with Grammy & Oscar winner AR Rahmann during Bombay Dreams. Rahmann composed a featured song for Ian called “The Lament”
• Winner-CHIN radio singing contest
• Winner-Canadian FACTOR songwriting award
• Nominee- Best Male Vocalist category, Canadian Smooth Jazz awards
• Lead vocalist-Galaxy All Star Orchestra-Tribute To The Kings Of Swing & The Fabulous Crooners
• Featured on Made in Canada-CBC production
• Co-written performed and toured as a comic, releasing 4 albums
• Current member of The Platters with Norris Vines
• Bank of Montreal Canadian tours
• Has released two CDs of original compositions
• 2016 will release a new jazz/pop all original project called “The Night Porters”
At age 22, Tony landed his first musical director job for New Zealand’s top show singer, Frankie Stevens, touring Canada’s top show rooms for six months.
Working regularly on the CBC Television Network in the eighties, Tony played with such artist as Corey Hart, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Frozen Ghost, Percy Sledge, the Drifters, Sam and Dave, the Spoons, Zappacosta, Rita McNeil, Don Rickles and Paul Anka.
In 1989, Tony started his own group, Synthetic Earth, and began composing music. The group was runner up in the Hennessy Jazz Search in Los Angeles that year. His Amarosa Music production company provides live and original recorded music for large corporate functions worldwide, including exotic destinations like Thailand and Hong Kong.
Bob released his first solo CD in 2009 (“Only A Fool Would Play That,” a collection of Steely Dan songs performed on solo guitar), which marked his debut in the genre of fingerstyle guitar. His second solo CD (“Energy Over Distance” – 2014) features Bob playing original songs he has written for solo acoustic guitar. His performance of 3 of these songs at the Canadian Guitar Festival won him the title of 2014 Canadian Guitar Fingerstyle Champion.
As a Juno Award winner and respected session player, Paul has performed at P.I.T. and the N.A.M.M. shows in Los Angeles, the Montreal Drumfest and the Cape Breton Drumfest. He is one of SABIAN Cymbals’ most popular and effective clinicians.
Paul has taught at Humber College in Toronto for the past 24 years, and is a regular contributor to Modern Drummer magazine. He also taught and performed at KOSA 2010. His book “‘DeLong Way’ to Polyrhythmic Creativity on the Drumset” is distributed worldwide by Hudson Ltd.
His musical, Seeing Stars, had a sold-out run in New York City in 2009. He has authored three books: Precious and Few: Pop Music in the Early Seventies (St. Martin’s), Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late Seventies (St. Martin’s), and Steely Dan’s Aja (Continuum), volume 46 of the popular 33-1/3 series on classic rock albums. His songs have been recorded and/or performed by James Naughton, Kelli O’Hara, Carolyn Leonhart, LaChanze, Brent Carver, Kate McGarry, Marc Jordan, Sarah Slean, Wendy Lands and Alfie Zappacosta. His Breithaupt Brothers Songbook revues (with lyricist brother Jeff) attract full houses annually in NYC and Toronto. He recently completed work on his fourth Monkey House album, Headquarters, which features guest appearances by members of Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and the Pat Metheny Group.
He went on to study music at Humber College, where he also took up the bass trombone. Subsequently, Doug became a regular studio call in Toronto, and has since performed on an long string of albums and national jingles.
He also is a very proficient pit orchestra musician and has done theatrical productions including “The Secret Garden,” “Legally Blonde,” “The Sound Of Music,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Spamalot” and Martin Short’s acclaimed one-man show.
Other artists with whom Doug has performed include Hugh Jackman, Jeff Beck, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paul Anka, Lighthouse and David Clayton-Thomas.
While following his muse, Phil has had the privilege of traveling the world in various musical ensembles (most recently to Hong Kong and Bangkok as a member of the Tony Carlucci Orchestra, previously on tours of Europe and the Middle East for the Canadian Government). Phil is currently developing material for his next solo album.
Jay moved to Toronto in 1977, and began his full-time playing career in earnest. He co-founded the acclaimed R&B band Backstreet in 1985, and played with sixties greats Billy J. Kramer, Lou Christie, Del Shannon, the Mamas and the Papas, Peter Noone, Ben E. King, the Marvelettes, Leslie Gore, the Drifters, the Platters and Tommy Roe.
After Backstreet disbanded in 1997, Jay toured with multi- platinum rock vocalist Sass Jordan for several years. A busy freelancer live and in studios nationwide, Jay finds great satisfaction in his membership in Brass Transit: “I find it amazing that my life has come full circle. Here I am playing the very music that made me want to play music in the first place. Fantastic!”