Famous Canadian Jazz Musicians

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Cindy Breakspeare
(Canadian-Jamaican Jazz Singer, Musician and Winner of Miss World 1976 )
Cindy Breakspeare
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Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Cindy Breakspeare is a Canadian-Jamaican jazz singer, musician, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World 1976, becoming the second Jamaican to clinch the crown. She later became a recording artist and entrepreneur, founding a Rastafarian craft store called Ital Craf. She was once in a relationship with reggae musician Bob Marley that lasted until his death.

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Oscar Peterson
(Jazz Pianist)
Oscar Peterson
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Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: December 23, 2007
Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Oscar Peterson had initially wished to be a trumpeter but switched to the piano because of a lung ailment. He was the first living person, apart from a king, to get a commemorative Canadian stamp. He used a signature handkerchief between performances.
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Gino Vannelli
(Rock singer whose best-known singles include)
Gino Vannelli
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Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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Don Francks
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Birthdate: February 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: April 3, 2016
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Maynard Ferguson
(Former jazz trumpeter and bandleader known for his remarkable ability to hit high notes)
Maynard Ferguson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Verdun, Montreal, Canada
Died: August 23, 2006
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Lee Aaron
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)
Lee Aaron
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Birthdate: July 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belleville
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Nikki Yanofsky
(Singer, Vocalist, Jazz musician)
Nikki Yanofsky
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Birthdate: February 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal

Montreal-based singer Nikki Yanofsky was 12 when she became the youngest artist to headline a show at the Montreal Jazz Festival. At 15, she was already an international star. Her credits include the 2010 Winter Olympics theme song, I Believe, which rocked the Canadian charts. She is also associated with children’s charities.

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Lenny Breau
(Guitarist, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Musician, Music teacher, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist)
Lenny Breau
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Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auburn, Maine
Died: August 12, 1984
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Jane Siberry
(Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician)
Jane Siberry
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Birthdate: October 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto
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Esthero
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)
Esthero
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Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stratford
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Paul Bley
(Pianist, Jazz musician, Film score composer)
Paul Bley
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Birthdate: November 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: January 3, 2016

Paul Bley was a jazz pianist who played a key role in the development of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. He loved music from a young age and became part of several bands as a teenager. He collaborated with a few other musicians to tour and perform across USA, becoming famous in the process. 

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Kenny Wheeler
(Composer)
Kenny Wheeler
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Birthdate: January 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 18, 2014
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Sophie Milman
(singer, jazz musician)
Sophie Milman
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Ufa