Toronto based Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Matt Lagan is “an exciting Canadian voice on the tenor saxophone” (Nancy Walker) and is one of the most recognized jazz students in Canada. He is the winner of the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance, a prestigious award given to one student each year from across the country. “Matt’s recent project, Tribute to Michael Brecker was a superb presentation!” (Mark Promane). It features original compositions of his own and and his arrangements of Michael Brecker’s music. They have performed a Michael Brecker Tribute concert at Humber College and at the Rex Jazz and Blues Hotel.
His most recent project features Toronto based musicians Ewen Farncombe, Jessica Chen, Austin Gembora and Holt Stuart-Hitchcox. They will be releasing an EP in the spring of 2017.
As well as being active in Toronto, Matt has played all across Canada, including Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa, a venues such as the Rex Hotel, Jazz Bistro, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, and The Jazz Room in Kitchener Waterloo. Matt has recorded and performed with Larnell Lewis, Mike Downes, Ben Monder, Dick Oats, Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Kelly Jefferson, Tom Scott, Lew Tabackin, Ewen Farncombe, David Richards, Pat LaBarbera, Luis Deniz, Ahmed Mitchell, Jim Vivian, Nick Fraser, Ted Quinlan, Dave Restivo, Nancy Walker, Mason Victoria’s Sonos Capos Jazz Orchestra, the David Richard’s band, the Pan American Jazz Orchestra, Kirk MacDonald, and Kieren Overs.