Peter Leitch's Canadian Tour

Toronto Media Contact: Lesley Mitchell-Clarke

416-486-6742 New York Based Jazz Guitarist and Composer PETER LEITCH AND HIS TRIO Featuring SEAN SMITH and TERRY CLARKE To Perform at Toronto’s "Top O’ The Senator" MARCH 9TH - MARCH 14TH and Launch Their National Canadian Tour!!!

Appearances to include "Hermann’s" in Victoria, B.C March 19th Master Class and Workshop Long & McQuaide/Victoria, B.C. March 19th "The Cellar" in Vancouver, B.C. March 20th "The Yardbird Suite" in Edmonton, Alberta March 27th The Berney Theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba March 28th

"His warm, singing lines have both a melodic grace and a rhythmic strength" -The New York Times

"Leitch plays with bite, drive and refreshing intelligence a concern for structure and rhythmic vitality" -The New Yorker

TORONTO March 1, 2004 - Jazz Guitarist, composer, recording artist and noted photographer, Peter Leitch will be thrilling Toronto jazz audiences next week with his singular, moving, inventive and harmonically sophisticated musical guitar style. Joining him on the bandstand of Toronto’s definitive jazz boite, "The Top O’ The Senator", will be New York bassist, Sean Smith and a member of Peter’s original New York trio, Terry Clarke on drums. Both Clarke and Smith have worked with Peter Leitch extensively-so what the audience will hear is that unique kind of symbiosis that only happens when musicians have developed non-verbal and intimate levels of communication. It has been four years since Montreal-born Peter Leitch performed to enthusiastic audiences across Canada, and he (as well as his cutting-edge bop) has been much missed. Peter’s all-star group will be bringing the art of the trio to new heights, as they perform for jazz lovers in several major Canadian cities.

Following the gig at "The Senator", tour destinations will include "Hermann’s" in Victoria, B.C. on March 19th; a "Master Class & Workshop" at Victoria’s Long & McQuaide Music--also on March 19th; "The Cellar" in Vancouver on March 20th; "The Yardbird Suite" in Edmonton on March 27th and two concerts (as well as a workshop) at The Berney Theatre in Winnipeg on March 28th. On tour, veteran Toronto bassist, Steve Wallace will be replacing Sean Smith. While in Toronto, The Peter Leitch Trio will be making a recording for The CBC and conducting Master Classes on March 11th at The University of Toronto and on Friday, March 12th at Humber College. Peter’s most recently released recording, UP FRONT (Reservoir Music) includes guests Sean Smith on bass, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums, and has consistently garnered rave reviews from the music media. Jim Ferguson of Jazz Times has written, "The Canadian-born guitarist renders this diverse nine-tune set (including five originals) with a combination of his trademark virtuosity, imagination, musicianship and good taste further evidence that Leitch is one of the finer straight ahead guitarists around." Peter will be performing at Toronto’s "Top O’ The Senator", Tuesday through Sunday, March 9 14.

No doubt this trio will generate the excitement and musical magic that follow Peter Leitch on his many engagements at prominent jazz venues and festivals in Manhattan and throughout the world. "The Top O’ The Senator" is located at 249 Victoria Street, in Toronto. Tuesday through Saturday, Showtimes are at 9:30 and 11:30 PM. On Sunday, Showtimes are at 8:30 and 10:30 PM. For reservations (highly recommended) please call 416-364-7517. For further information or media accommodations, please call LMC Media at 416-486-6742.

About Peter Leitch Montreal native, Peter Leitch is one of the foremost New York City based jazz guitarists and composers on the international music scene today. Peter has placed several times in the Down Beat Jazz Critic’s Poll, and is a familiar face at all of the major jazz venues in New York, which includes "Sweet Basil", "The Blue Note", "Bradley’s", "Zinno", "Visiones" and "Birdland". In addition to his musical pursuits, Peter Leitch is an avid and well-respected jazz photographer. His work has been shown at a number of photo galleries, and at this year’s I.A.J.E Convention in New York City, Peter was thrilled to have his own show featuring some of his most stunning and thought provoking jazz-specific work. Peter Leitch’s many recordings (which have been featured in several recent Encyclopedias of Jazz) are available on the Reservoir, Criss Cross and Concord labels. The versatile Leitch currently tours internationally, performing at festivals and jazz venues with his own groups, which invariably include a wide variety of personnel as well as musical styles. He has worked and/or recorded with Oscar Peterson, Ron Carter, Milt Jackson, Woody Shaw, Pepper Adams, Jaki Byard, Jack McDuff, Kenny Wheeler, Al Grey, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson and John Hicks. For nearly a decade, Peter has been holding forth on Sunday nights at one of New York’s most historic Greenwhich Village steak houses, "Walkers". Peter Leitch is an active member of the International Association of Jazz Educators and has conducted master classes and clinics in jazz guitar and improvisation throughout The U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia. He is on the faculty of the Domaine Forget (the international music and dance camp in Quebec), and has taught at other such camps as the National Guitar Workshop and the Vermont Jazz Center. Features about Peter Leitch have appeared in a wide cross-section of publications, including Down Beat, Guitar Player, Jazz Times, Cuadernos de Jazz, Jazz In Time, Coda and Cadence.

If you would like to request further information, a photograph of Peter Leitch, schedule an interview, or receive a review copy of UP FRONT please contact LMC Media phone: 416-486-6742 e-mail at:

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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Peter Leitch
  • Event Date: March 9 - 28, 2004
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