Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor in Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his soon to be released debut album ?Whisky Kisses? (Summer 2020), recorded at Canterbury Studios with the masterful, Jeremy Darby. ?The Way She Moves?, one of the originals off the album, was released on November, 30th, 2019. The debut single was featured on Jazziz Magazine, where it was #1 in Reader Favourites. The title track off the debut album, “Whisky Kisses” is being released in May of 2020, and has already won Best Jazz Song at The World Songwriting Awards for their Winter 2020 Competition.
Alex literally grew up with the classics. Starting at the age of two, he was taken to hang around the Toronto jazz scene, and met many of the greats along the way; Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Cleo Laine, Mel Torme, Clark Terry, Harry ?Sweets Edison?, Ray Charles, Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass…the list goes on and on. Without even knowing it, his musical training developed, sitting around at smoky jazz clubs into the wee small hours of the morning.
With influences spanning from the 20s to the 70s, Alex Bird is a writer of incredible precision and lyrical depth. Working with a killer line up of young musicians, dubbed ?The Jazz Mavericks?, they are pushing the boundaries of a beautiful tradition and bringing it into a new era. The Jazz Mavericks are rising stars in their own right. Ewen Farncombe on piano, Eric West on drums, and Scott Hunter on bass.
Over the last little while, Alex and his band have steadily been playing more and more gigs. Quickly becoming one of the new exciting bands to see. These gigs have included a few residencies at a number of different places in town. A few highlights have been a spot at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, and a blossoming residency at N?Awlins Jazz Bar. In between all of this, Alex also went and recorded his debut album of all new original music.
In between singing gigs, Alex also graces the screen with incredible charm and talent. Alex studied classical theatre acting at George Brown, and film acting at Humber. Most recently, he appeared on CBC’s ?Frankie Drake Mysteries? as Al Capone, and in September of 2019 Alex made his feature film debut in ?IT: Chapter 2? alongside, Bill Hader.