June 21, 1937
Current home: Vancouver BC
Loseby comes from a musical background. His grandfather
was first violinist with D'Oyly Carte opera company,
then musical director of His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen,
Scotland. His aunt played cello and his father played
violin and tenor saxophone professionally, including
in jazz, studio, and symphony orchestras.
Stu began piano lessons at 5, tenor saxophone at 16
and studied saxophone privately for two years in Scotland
with Bobby Thompson and later in Montreal with Herb
Johnson (1961-63). At 18 he began working parttime around
Glasgow, including with semi-professional big band called
the Beavers; Bill Fanning saxophone combo; and with
his father at dances. He moved to Toronto in March 1957
to pursue a professional career as a musician. Worked
summer 1957 at a hotel in Amprior, Ont., then with Wray
Downes and Bill Clarkson in Malartic. Settled in Montreal
in 1958 and began working steadily, including with Walter
Bacon trio at the Chanteclair (1960); Bill White at
the Penthouse (1962); and organist Milt Buckner for
one month at the Esquire (September 1962). He was offered
tour of United States with Buckner but because getting
the work permit involved a two-month waiting period
he was unable to accept the gig that would probably
have led to a higher profile in the U.S.
From 1962 to 1972 he led numerous small groups, frequently
behind strippers, including at Champ's (1965), the Chez
Paree (1966-67), and the Metropole (1968). Also, during
the 60s he worked with Herb Johnson including concerts
and TV, Buddy Jordan (1963), Walter Bacon accompanying
singer Elaine Kirby at the Gem Motel (1964-65), Nelson
Symonds at U.S. Air Force base in Goose Bay, Labrador
(December 1964), and Billy Home at Rockhead's Paradise
(1969). Meanwhile, he began working in studios in 1965
doubling all saxophones and clarinet. From 1965 to 1970
he performed, as leader and sideman, with various groups
on CBC Radio "Jazz en liberté" programs.
Worked with Al Cowans at the Stork Club (1972). From
1973 to 1974 illness prevented playing. From 1975 to
1980 toured with Eddy Jackson organ trio. In October
1980 moved to Grimsby, England, for family reasons.
Worked in England with various groups, including with
pianist Leo Solomon, vibraphonist Roger Nobes, Tony
Lee, and pianist/ organist Bobby Quinn, and in concert
with trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton. Also appeared on
radio and in concerts, and worked freelance in England.
In October 1981 moved to Vancouver, where he led a quartet
called "Artistry" and worked in clubs, often
with wife Sheila, a singer.
Currently Stu performs mostly with his group, as well
as with Linton Garner, Miles Black, Harvey Korsrud,
John Korsrud, Fran Jare, Kenny Colman, Eve Smith, Denny
Clark, and Pearl Brown.