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Stewart "Stu" Loseby
Tenor saxophone

Born: June 21, 1937
Glasgow, Scotland
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.

Recordings as leader:

My Kingdom for a Reed - SLTIGER3 - 2002

Stu Loseby (tenor saxophone)
Miles Black (Hammond B3 organ)
Dave Robbins (drums)

Recorded at CBC Vancouver November 29, 2001

Flamingo
Living in a Dream
C. C. Rider
That's All
Early Stan
Beautiful Love
Our Day Will Come
Once in a While
Canadian Sunset

On a Lighter Note

Stu Loseby - tenor sax
Miles Black - keyboard, key bass
Tony Chamebrlist - percussion

Recorded at Brown Bag Studio, White Rock, BC, June 2003.

1. Make Me a memory
2. Back at the Chicken Shack
3. When You're Smiling
4. Besame Mucho
5. East of the Sun
6. Wonderful World
Appears on the following recordings:
  Appears on albums of Sheila Davis and Pearl Brown.

 

   
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For booking information contact: Phone 604-990-9879
Photo of Stu Loseby (Aug 23, 2002) by Brian Nation

Vancouver Musicians Association