Event: Avery Cantello & David Cruz at The Emmet Ray
Date: August 3, 2019
Venue: The Emmet Ray
Start time: 9:30 PM
End time: 11:30 PM
Avery Cantello (voice), David Cruz (guitar)
From jazz to raunchy blues, The Avery Cantello Blues band is an incredibly fun and versatile group. Made up of Jazz Music Majors around Toronto, including York and the University of Toronto, the band performs revived blues hits dating back to the 1930’s with a new fresh and often comedic sound. The band consists of David Cruz on the guitar, William Dietrich on the bass, Miles Fuller on drums, and Avery Cantello on vocals. The Avery Cantello Blues band has played in and around Toronto at venues such as The Rex Hotel, Emmett Ray, Gate 403, 120 Diner, The Niagara Jazz Fest, The Peterborough Live music festival and continues to perform in the GTA.
David Cruz was born March 31st 1996 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. His musical journey began at age six when his parents enrolled him in piano lessons at The Merriam School of Music. For the next five years these early lessons would lay the foundation of David’s musical education. At age eleven he picked up the guitar and began taking lessons at The Merriam School. This is where David learned the technical aspects of the instrument and developed an interest in blues that would later serve as the foundation of his jazz playing.
In 2013 David did a year at the Humber College College Community Music Program. He played in a jazz combo led by saxophonist Johhny Griffith and studied guitar privately with Emile D’Eon. It was during this time that David had an oppourtunity to meet and attend masterclasses by world renound saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. This left a huge impression on David, as Bergonzi’s rhythmic conceptions became an important source of inspiration for David’s composition and improvisation.
After highschool David began his undergraduate degree in music at York University. He got the oppouruntiy to study with one of his musical heros: Lorne Lofsky. David adopted Lorne’s thumbpick technique, and ever since his first year has been working to incorporate Lorne’s harmonic and melodic ideas into his playing.
Today David is working towards the completion of his undergraduate degree. He is an active member of the Toronto music scene, playing in various groups in bars, clubs, and private venues all over the city. Primarily FOMA and The Toronto All Star Big Band. At this point in his young career David has played countless weddings, fundrasiers, parties and other corporate events. It does not matter if David is playing at a private party or at The Rex on Queen, he always brings the same flair and enthusiam to his playing.