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Brandi Disterheft


Brandi Disterheft (bassist, composer) was born in Vancouver in 1980. Brandi is considered one of the fastest rising stars in the jazz world both nationally and internationally. She began performing alongside her mother, pianist Fran Jarre in her teens and possesses a very unique rhythmic and physical style. She counts Charles Mingus and Bjork among her influences.

Brandi has studied with Oscar Peterson, Don Thompson, Danilo Perez and currently Ron Carter in New York. Her performances include opening for Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck and Chris Botti and her travels have taken her throughout Europe, Asia and North America including the prestigious Carnegie Hall

Her first CD appropriately titled “Debut” earned her a 2008 Juno Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album. A critically acclaimed tour with her sextet in 2009 and her second release of her sophomore CD, “Second Side” features a singer/songwriter flavour with guests Holly Cole and Ranee Lee. In September 2009 she was selected as “Revelation Radio Canada Musique” for 2009 – 2010.