David Restivo is an award-winning pianist and composer and educator, well-known for his work with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. Born in Lansing, Michigan, molded by the mountains and coasts of New England, and based primarily in Toronto, Canada since 1982, he has long been a sought-after and influential figure in Canada’s jazz community. He has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Dave Holland, Curtis Fuller, Mel Tormé, Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hendricks, and David Clayton-Thomas.

David is one of Canada’s most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards’ Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who’s Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan.

Restivo has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Tormé, John Pizarelli, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, and many other outstanding artists.

He has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto. In 1998 he was voted Toronto’s Best Keyboardist in Now Magazine’s “Best of T.O.” readers’ poll, and received a JUNO Award for his work on the 2001 recording The Rob McConnell Tentet (Justin Time).

David Restivo can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Grammy-winning Mel Tormé/Rob McConnell collaboration Velvet and Brass (Concord Jazz), Mike Murley’s Conversation Piece (Cornerstone), Marc Jordan’s This is How Men Cry (Blue Note/EMI), and his own lauded debut Prayer for Humankind(ness) (Radioland/Universal).

Past Shows:

DATE: May 16, 2020
VENUE: Shady Acres Studio (St. Catharines) and ???(This event will be Livestreamed)
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DATE: Friday July 29th
EVENT: Jazz in the City
STAGE: Partridge Hall (First Ontario Performing Arts Centre)
ADDRESS: 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines
TIME: 8PM – 11PM

DATE:  Sunday, July  30th, 2017
EVENT: Jazz on the Rise
STAGE:   Megalomaniac Winery
ADDRESS:  3930 Cherry Ave, Vineland
TIME:  1:15pm – 2pm