~ Amanda Tosoff ~

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Press Quotes



"Words, Tosoff’s new album....Its very title warns jazz purists to expect they’re about to discover a whole lot more than jazz...the spirit of the young Joni Mitchell hovers protectively over the project, channelled by Williams’ crystalline singing of Tosoff’s high arching tunes."

Peter Goddard - Toronto Star

"Words is a grand achievement just on its musical merits, but the key to this one is the poems turned to vocals, adding a new dimension to Tosoff's sound. The result is a musical reverie."

Mark Rheaume (CBC Radio)

"With Words, she's raised and broadened her game, delivers lots of sonic beauty with an album that blurs pop, classical, folk and jazz...The disc's level of craft is very high, the music's very moving, and its talents deserve wider recognition."

Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen)

"...her haunting composition for 'Owl Pellet' adds layers of beauty and complexity to what can only be described as the mysterious spaces between the words. In that always intriguing and intimate dance between text and sound, she has created an eerie aural homage to the unfathomable being who hovers out there on the black branch between the stars"

Canadian Poet Tim Bowling (Guggenheim Fellowship 2008)

"From Tosoff’s new disc Words, the spirit of discovery takes them into musical adaptations of modern Canadian poets, including Edmonton’s Tim Bowling, plus one classic from Wordsworth. The result? A changing jazz soundscape that incorporates dreamy beauty and spare realism and fresh song forms, quite beyond conventional standards fare"

Roger Levesque (Edmonton Journal)

"This group exemplifies so many of the great and positive things that young jazz musicians have going for them; compositional talent, instrumental talent, and devotion to the music and one another."

Katie Malloch (CBC Radio's "Jazz Beat")

"...Tosoff shows great promise: as a composer, leader, and performer... Her quartet swings with a genuine spirit, and she interprets clearly with a crisp motion. .. she brings the piano into full view through her calm demeanor and complete confidence."

Jim Santella (Cadence Magazine)

“Amanda performed with her quartet at the Jazz Festival and they were absolutely stunning. Everyone was coming up and asking, 'Who is this band?' ... the quality of her composing is extremely high, and she swings, yet she can be introspective. Definitely an artist and band to watch.”

John Orysik (Coastal Jazz and Blues Society - From the Globe and Mail)

“They prove that jazz is in very good hands indeed!”

Paul Grant (CBC Radio's "Hot Air")

“Tosoff shows a remarkable grasp of the art of the song.”

Raul d'Gama Rose, (Allaboutjazz.com)

“... a gifted musician with refined compositional skills.”

Marke Andrews (Vancouver Sun)

“Two things that make Tosoff's jazz fun are the generosity she gives to her backing quartet that leaves it lots of room, and her piano playing, which has a playful curiosity.”

Tom Harrison, (The Province)

Reviews & Interviews



Exclaim Magazine -

Polaris Prize Reveals "The Longer List"


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Toronto Star -

"Beyond All That Jazz" - Words CD Review


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Ottawa Citizen -

Ottawa Jazz Festval - Words Concert Review


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Ottawa Citizen -

Words CD Review by Peter Hum


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North Shore News -

Vancouver Jazz Festival Preview


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Toronto Star -

CD Review - Looking North 2010


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Peter Hum - Ottawa Citizen -

CD Review - Live at the Cellar 2013


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Peter Hum - Ottawa Citizen -

CD Review - Looking North 2010


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Marke Andrews - Vancouver Sun -

CD Review - Wait and See 2008


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Jim Santella - Cadence Magazine -

CD Review - Wait and See 2008


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