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Bob Brough


BOB BROUGH (tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute) was born on May 18, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and holds the distinction of being the “Senator” in Mark Miller’s respected 1987 jazz tome, Boogie, Pete and The Senator (Nightwood Edition). He studied with respected teachers Paul Brodie and Gordon Delamont during the late ‘60s (performance, harmony, and arranginging), focusing further on flute and piano studies into the early ‘70s. In 2001, he fulfilled a short-term residency in jazz at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Throughout several decades, Bob Brough has been a mainstay of the Toronto music scene as a leader, sideman, and composer.

During the ‘80s he performed on two Juno-nominated Time Warp CDs, and in 2003, released his own first CD, A Decade of Favorites recorded over the ten years from 1991 to 2001 and featuring sidemen and soloists he had worked with throughout that time. The same year, he further demonstrated his solo and ensemble performance abilities in performance on Richard Underhill’s 2003 Juno Award-winning Tales from The Blue Lounge CD. He released his second CD with his Bob Brough Quartet in 2005. Entitled Like a Spring Day the recording features Brough’s own jazz compositions with vocals by talented Toronto singer Carol McCartney.