About Tia

Tia Brazda's jazz-pop gems and retro style have established her as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene at home and abroad, paying homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. Having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, she burst onto the scene in 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart as well as receiving play on BBC Radio 6, CBC Radio, Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto and college radio stations across Canada. This debut brought her to Paris and Amsterdam as well as cities around the UK in support, in addition to performing at major festivals at home across Canada.

In 2015 Tia followed up with her debut full-length album 'Bandshell', which also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and #3 on the Nielsen Soundscan Chart in Canada. It was also ranked the #5 best Canadian jazz release of 2015 by Jazz FM 91 in Toronto. The album also hit #24 on the CMJ national radio chart in the U.S. after being added to over 35 stations nationwide.

In support of 'Bandshell', Tia toured Canada, the U.S. and Spain in 2015 and 2016, performing at such major festivals such as the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (main stage), Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (front cover of festival program), TD Toronto International Jazz Festival, Jazz Sudbury Festival, All-Canadian Jazz Festival and Iboga Summer Festival (Spain). In 2016 she also released an electro-swing collection of remixes titled 'Bandshell Remixed', featuring prominent DJs from around the globe, including Wolfgang Lohr and Sound Nomaden. Tracks from this release continue to be featured on BBC6 Radio in the UK and Rai Radio 1 in Italy and the album made the Best of 2016 list by the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC6 Radio in the UK. In 2017 Tia performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (rated "Best of the Fest") as part of her European and North American touring.

In September 2018, Tia releases her new all-original album, 'Daydream', which finds her irresistible voice cradled in a rich and varied atmosphere of strings, horns, and backing vocals, in service of her positive outlook on various states of romance. She moves effortlessly from the bossa nova of the title track, to the pure jazz balladry of “Irreplaceable,” to the tango-infused French chanson of “Un amour bohème” – with the songs sounding as strong as if they’ve been around forever. Brazda strides confidently on a brave new musical path as well, with her most pop-oriented recordings to date: among them, the soulful “Right On Time,” the big, brassy chorus (and synthesizer solo!) of “Moondust Baby,” and the optimistic, can’t-miss, enthusiasm of the pure-pop “Brand New Day” – a song that would sound entirely at home as Michael Bublé’s next single. The album also features a who’s who of Juno-nominated players including Larnell Lewis of Snarky Puppy on drums, Shirantha Beddage on saxophone, William Sperandei on trumpet, Adrean Farrugia on piano, William Carn on trombone and Marc Rogers on bass. The funky track “Livin’ Easy” also features a songwriting collaboration and genre-bending piano solo by Marc Pelli of Billboard #1 group, MAGIC!, whose song “Rude” continues to be a global phenomenon.

Previous Festival Performances

Montreux Jazz Festival
Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
San Jose Jazz Summer Fest
Iboga Summer Festival (Spain)
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Maui Waui Festival (UK)
Bestival (UK)
Lancaster Music Festival (UK)
All-Canadian Jazz Festival (Port Hope)
Jazz Sudbury Festival
Sound of Music Festival (Burlington, ON)
Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA)
Jasper Folk Festival
Orillia Jazz Festival
Barrie Jazz Festival
Beaches Jazz Festival
Ottawa Jazz Festival
Maui Waui Festival (UK)
East Aurora Musicfest

Tia has also performed at such renowned clubs as Hermann's Jazz Club (Victoria, BC), Club Bonafide (New York, NY), Blu Jazz+ (Akron, OH), Cliff Bell's (Detroit, MI), The Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, QC), The Great Hall (Toronto, ON), Upstairs (Montreal, QC), Jazz Bistro (Toronto, ON), Mr Tipple's (San Francisco) Sugarfactory (Amsterdam) and La Java (Paris).

Press Quotes

"A Technicolor swing that’s just the thing."
- Brad Wheeler, the Globe and Mail

"Talent with ingenuity - she is truly an original."
- John Apice, No Depression Magazine

"Her smooth vocals invoke neat glasses of bourbon and smoky Parisian speakeasies."
- Judith Lynch, CBC Radio

"Brazda pulls out all the stops."
- New Canadian Music

"This gal has guts."
- Uptown Magazine

"Shine is as good as it gets."
- Jeff Monk, Winnipeg Free Press

"Her talent, style, and attitude are all befitting of stardom."
- Metro News

"Colourful, sassy and energetic."
- Metro News

"Worth a look and a listen."
- Metro News

"One of my favourites we've had in 54 concerts."
- Old Town Hall Concert Series