David Restivo – piano
Clark Johnston – bass
Alyssa Falk – drums.

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.

I have led various groups with whom I have toured throughout Canada, as well as in the US and the UK. My new Modica Music relase, The Waves, features a brand new quintet, and the trio I’ll be performing with at the Niagara Festival is new also. Clark Johnston and I have worked together on numerous occasions, and upstate New York-based drummer Alyssa Falk and I have a long history and a special musical connection, but this will mark the first time the three of us have played as a unit.


I am a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards Keyboardist of the Year award, and received a Juno for my work on the album The Rob McConnell Tentet.

“…simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada can boast of…” – Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

“As a soloist, he gives full rein to a flow of post-bop ideas and styles, with long, searching developments.” – John Styles, The Argus (Brighton, UK)

“…some good messaging of the blues…” – John McDonough, Downbeat

“[Restivo] seemed unfazed by any stylistic or technical concerns whatsoever…a hint of wildness there…[He] had all the requisite hard bop clichés at hand, but wove them effortlessly into broader, sweeping improvisations.” – Mark Miller, Globe and Mail

“Restivo is deep down lyrical but he’s willing to force the pace…He can be measured and methodical, yet happily inhabits contemporary cutting-edge territory with nuanced variations, without being blustery or confrontational.” – Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

Past Shows:

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