Brandi Disterheft

Canadian Bassist/Singer/Composer

"She is what we call serious"-- Oscar Peterson

Based in NYC
Signed to Just in Time Record Label

Bassist, singer, composer, BRANDI DISTERHEFT, has been under the apprenticeship of Miles Davis' bassist, RON CARTER, since she relocated to NYC from Vancouver. It's not only her fiery bass playing that make audiences stand-up and holler, but also her innovative live shows as she sings in both English and French showcasing her ambient and dreamy voice. Winning a JUNO (Canadian GRAMMY) for her "Debut" album, Brandi had the honor of recording and performing with Hank Jones, Anita O'Day, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Jeremy Pelt and Renee Rosnes to name a few. At the tender age of 21, she had already performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Opera House. Along with her regular residencies at NYC jazz venues, 2018 also saw Brandi performing at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, the Vail Jazz Festival in Colorado, as well as engagements in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and China.

Her fourth album "BLUE CANVAS" was launched at Jazz at Lincoln Center and features an all-star New York City line-up with jazz master Harold Mabern (recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Joe Williams, Lee Morgan, JJ Johnson, Sonny Rollins) and drummer Joe Farnsworth (with McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Pharoah Sanders.)

"Canada's prodigiously talented bassist handles her bass violin with as much visceral audacity as the great Charles Mingus once did, a fact that might raise the question of feminine power. Listening to her is like putting your finger into a naked power-socket." - Raul da Gama, WholeNote Magazine

"The program is remarkable in that it combines original and iconic pieces of bebop. In short, it is very special. The bill is all that is classic. Mabern is as usual: a virtuoso with a sense of restraint. Farnsworth is as he was yesterday and day before: strong and subtle, and Brandi Disterheft? She handles the bass with dexterity. Her voice? It calls to mind Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn. Her voice has a je ne sais quoi that captivated many." – Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir

"Exercising her vocal and songwriting skills (and, for the first time on record, alternating between bass and cello), the dexterous Disterheft adds extra layers of richness." – Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes


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