Avery Cantello

Avery Cantello is an up-and-coming Canadian vocalist whose unique sound brings raunchy blues, soulful jazz and neo-soul/funk flavours to Toronto audiences.

Having studied under multiple respected musicians including (but not limited to) Leslie Fagan, Christine Duncan, Shannon Gunn, Chase Sanborn, Mike Murley, Andrew Downing and Alex Samaras, Cantello’s sound has developed into one of unique richness with flexibility of genre. Her enrolment in the University of Toronto’s jazz program began her musical journey in the Toronto scene as she met and played with multiple talented musicians, and continues as she pursues her masters in
performance jazz.

Cantello’s fresh sound can be heard alongside some of Toronto’s finest players, both in her own groups and other respected bands such as the Avery Cantello Blues Band, the Avery Cantello Quartet, duo performances and as an alumni vocalist for the Toronto All Star Big Band. Through these groups, Cantello has had the honour of playing alongside esteemed musicians, including Jackie Richardson, Kelly Jefferson and Mike Cado.

Cantello also hosts a podcast called Womxn in Jazz, in which she speaks with minorities in the jazz community about the struggles of being a minority in jazz, along with solutions and advice for individuals interested in pursuing jazz, all while putting the spotlight on some of the jazz community’s greatest musicians.