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Drew Jurecka

Jazz (Guest Artist, violin)

Drew Jurecka

Jazz (Guest Artist, violin)

Drew Jurecka is in high demand, not only an accomplished jazz and session violinist but also as an arranger, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Trained classically, he studied with Lorand Fenyves and has a degree from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Drew has spent the last twelve year years playing jazz, pop, rock and other contemporary styles inToronto. Though violin is his primary instrument, he also works frequently as a performer and recording sideman on viola, saxophone, clarinet, bandoneon (Argentinian button accordion) and mandolin.

For five years, Drew played with Jeff Healey as part of his Jazz Wizards band, which toured extensively across Canada. Drew can be heard on three of Jeff Healey’s CDs, including the Juno Nominated "Last Call". Drew has also toured nationally and internationally with The Polyjesters, Jesse Cook, Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe, Alex Pangman, the Bebop Cowboys and Jill Barber. He is currently a member of Jill Barber’s band, where he plays Violin, Saxophone and Clarinet. He co-wrote five songs on Jill’s recent album “Mischievous Moon”,  Drew is also a member of Payadora Tango Ensemble in which he plays the bandoneon and violin. The ensemble, described by the Wholenote Magazine as “a superstar group”.

Drew currently teaches violin at Humber College, where he has helped to create the only specialized jazz strings post-secondary program in Canada. In seven years, the program has quadrupled in size and now includes ensembles, technique and master classes in addition to private lessons. His students have gone on to win international jazz awards and to perform and record in Canada, the US and France.

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