Famous Canadian Jazz Musicians

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 1 Neil Peart

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Famous As: Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 7, 2020

Neil Peart was a Canadian songwriter, author, and musician. Best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Rush, Peart was nicknamed The Professor for his technical proficiency. In 1983, Neil Peart became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Modern Drummer publication's Readers Poll Hall of Fame.

 2 Cindy Breakspeare

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Famous As: Miss World 1976
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

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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 3 Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson.
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
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.

 4 Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone.
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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ontario

 5 Gino Vannelli

Gino Vannelli.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: June 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal

 6 Don Francks

Don Francks
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: April 3, 2016

 7 Maynard Ferguson

Maynard Ferguson
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Famous As: Trumpeter, Jazz musician, Musician
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: August 23, 2006
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 8 Lee Aaron

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belleville

 9 Nikki Yanofsky

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Famous As: Singer, Vocalist, Jazz musician
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.

 10 Lenny Breau

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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Musician, Music teacher, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist
Birthdate: August 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Auburn, Maine
Died: August 12, 1984

 11 Emilie-Claire Barlow

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Music arranger, Record producer, Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 12 Jane Siberry

Jane Siberry
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: October 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto

 13 Esthero

Esthero
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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stratford

 14 Paul Bley

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Famous As: Pianist, Jazz musician, Film score composer
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. 

 15 Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 18, 2014

 16 Sophie Milman

Sophie Milman
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Famous As: singer, jazz musician
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Ufa