About Tia

One of Canada's most recognizable voices in jazz, 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 2018, Tia released her all-original album, 'Daydream' which finds her moving 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”. 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.

Tia Brazda delves into the past with her new album WHEN I GET LOW, officially out May 27th on Flatcar Records, with European and Canadian dates in support and finds Brazda rediscovering songs largely from the 1930s, in the Great American songbook. The album at first seems melancholy, but is ultimately uplifting; dreamy and nostalgic with a dash of grit. Brazda’s effortless vocals are supported by a cast of players from her live touring band that features Grammy and JUNO award winners. The entire album was recorded remotely, with all the players tracking their parts in home studios, ranging from Northern Ontario to New Orleans, due to the pandemic.

The first track, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall was also the first song that Brazda explored on the journey to record this album, a duet featuring JUNO-nominee Alex Bird, who recorded his vocals in the snowy confines of a cabin in Northern Ontario. The song also features Buena Vista Social Club associate and JUNO nominee Alexis Baro. The second song on the album, Lullaby of the Leaves, is one of the legendary songs performed by Ella Fitzgerald, and Brazda brings the expected moodiness and melancholy, this time with a more bluesy approach. The sultry track is helped along by the wailing and intricate soloing of guitarist Mike Freedman. The upbeat classic When I Get Low, I Get High features a blistering piano solo from Joel Visentin and backing vocals by fellow Toronto jazz singer Denielle Bassels. This song is one the staples of Brazda’s live sets over the years and it finally gets its due here with all the sass and energy one has come to expect from Brazda’s live performances. A Kiss to Build a Dream On features Grammy-winner Drew Jurecka on Bandoneon, giving the song a tango-esque or Parisian flavour, as well as a sublime acoustic guitar solo by Mike Freedman. The album takes a decided break with Smile, a Charlie Chaplin classic featuring a heart wrenching and delicate vocal performance by Brazda, truly one of her best. The song is simply but solidly supported by just a trio of acoustic guitar, upright bass by Chris Adriaanse and percussion by JUNO-nominated drummer Max Senitt. Easy Living features Drew Jurecka on violin, with Brazda drawing in the listener with a rendition that is comfortable yet full of attitude. The next track I Don’t Want to Set the World On Fire, another Inkspots classic, is at once a nod to Brazda’s previous efforts yet at the same time is perfectly at home on this album. The song features Jason Marsalis on Vibraphone, recorded in the heat of New Orleans. This rendition has an exotica vibe that will transport listeners away to a tropical destination. Next is When the World Stops, the only original tune on the album, co-written by Brazda and long-time guitarist and collaborator Mike Freedman. The album finishes with the song I’ll Be Seeing You, which is often a sombre ode, but Brazda’s rendition is a more hopeful take; remembering the cafe where she used to meet but looking forward to reuniting there in the future.

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