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Brian Dickinson


BRIAN DICKINSON (pianist, arranger, composer, author, educator) was born October 17, 1961 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He arrived on the Toronto scene in 1979 and has remained active in Toronto venues ever since performing with the crème de la crème of the jazz world including Pat LaBarbera, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, Kirk MacDonald, Randy Brecker, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Michael Becker, Dave Holland, Kieran Overs, Maria Schneider, Steve Gadd, and Sonny Fortune.

Now head of the keyboard department at Toronto’s Humber College, Dickinson is a graduate of the Humber Music Program and holds a Masters in Music (with distinction) degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is the author of a respected book on ear training, entitled The Ears Have Walls (published by Advance Music of Germany.

As a leader, Dickinson has released six records including the Juno Award-winning In Transition. His latest released include The Glenn Gould Sessions (Philology Records) in which he performs in a duo setting with Lee Konitz, and Soul Mission (Elan Records) as part of a quartet with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. He can also be heard as a sideman on many notable Canadian jazz recordings and has toured extensively throughout North America and the Far East. He remains an important player in clubs and on festival concert stages across Canada.


1991 - Juno Award for "Best Jazz Recording" (In Transition)

1993 - Named "Composer of the Year" by Jazz Report Magazine

Brian Dickinson is a two-time Juno Award winner. and was awarded the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Prix de Jazz du Montreal.