Brady, Tim

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Brady, Tim

Brady, Tim, jazz guitarist, composer; b. Toronto, July 11, 1956. He studied at Concordia Univ. and the New England Cons. (M.M. in jazz guitar and composition). He led jazz groups in Toronto (1980–6), including a 10 piece, 7 piece, trio and quartet, all at various times; he also worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and played jazz festivals (Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal) and club dates. Brady did special projects in Toronto with Gil Evans (1983) and Kenny Wheeler (1984). Since the 1980s, he has worked mainly in composed new music and electroacoustics; very occasionally, he uses improvisation in composed works. Brady still plays jazz at home, and his composed music betrays a strong jazz influence in the harmonic and melodic constructions, but he does not use the blues or 32–bar forms. He is an innovative composer admired by fellow guitarists but not yet known much outside that circle.


Chalk Paper (1983); Vision (1984); Inventions (1991); Imaginary Guitars (1995).

—Lewis Porter