Following their award-winning and all original debut album Whisky Kisses (2020), this sophomore album expands the sound of Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks, leading you down a path that blends the light and the dark.
You Are The Light And The Way was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, who fully funded the release of this emerging new talent.
Alex Bird is a Jazz singer and songwriter in Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook. His debut album Whisky Kisses was released in October 2020 and received reviews, awards, airplay, and distribution around the world. The title track was awarded Best Jazz Song at the World Songwriting Awards and music from the album was featured in a short documentary entitled Because One Day which debuted on the opening night of The Canadian Film Festival (2020) and received the award for best music by the film festival jury. Bird has released his second album only a year after the first release; which is highly anticipated and is set to continue the momentum from Whisky Kisses.
Alex literally grew up with the classics. As a young boy he was taken to hang around the Toronto Jazz scene, and had the opportunity to see and meet many of the greats along the way; Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Mel Tormé, Ray Charles... the list goes on. Without even knowing it, his musical training developed, sitting around at smoky jazz clubs into the wee small hours of the morning.
"Every now and again, an act emerges from the cosmos and shakes up the planet. One of those groundbreaking bands is Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks. Bird and his group of talented players are rewriting the textbook for vocal-infused Jazz.” - Brian M. Owens at Metronome Magazine (Boston)
Alex Bird - Vocals
Ewen Farncombe - Piano/B3
Eric West - Drums
Jacob Gorzhaltsan- Tenor Sax/Clarinet
Leighton Harrell - Bass
Alexander Brown – Trumpet (4,5,8)
Jesse Ryan – Alto Sax (8)
Patrick Smith – Baritone Sax (8)
Tom Richards – Trombone (4, 8)
Will Lamoureux – Violin (2, 7)
Mo Mitchell – Violin (2, 7)
Andrew Chung – Viola (2, 7)
Jill Sauerteig – Cello (2, 7)
Lyrics by Alex Bird
Music by Alex Bird and Ewen Farncombe
Produced by Alex Bird and Ewen Farncombe
Recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at The Canterbury Music Company (Toronto, Ontario)
Mastered by Peter Letros at Wreckhouse
Photography by Aref Mahabadi
Artwork and Graphic Design by Zoran Jovicic