“She is what we call serious,” Oscar Peterson once said.

Juno Award-winning Brandi Disterheft has been backed not only by the legendary Peterson, but also by the iconic Ron Carter — and she’s been carving out her own legacy in jazz.

The Canadian bassist, composer and vocalist has been living in New York for the past few years, and she’s been winning audiences around the world with her fiery playing, captivating voice, swinging originals and innovative live performances.

Disterheft won a Juno for her 2007 debut — aptly titled Debut — and she is now prepping her fifth recording that she’s hoping will be released later this year.

This Sunday night, Disterheft is bringing her trio to headline the TD Markham Jazz Festival. She joined us over the phone from her home in New York to chat about her respect for the idols that helped her career, and to tell us a bit about what we can expect from her forthcoming new record.

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