“A bassist who brings fun and sophistication together like few others can.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
Brad Cheeseman is a jazz bassist, composer and educator that has been performing since the early 2000s. His lyrical bass playing and melody-driven compositions have earned him a reputation as an in-demand emerging artist in the thriving Toronto jazz community and beyond.
He has released three all-original albums as bandleader—including 2016’s Figurants EP (featuring compositions based on the landmark novel Infinite Jest), 2015’s Brad Cheeseman Group, and 2013’s Mixed Messages EP—and is currently planning a fourth to be released Summer 2017. These albums have received airplay across Canada, won two Hamilton Music Awards and have been nominated for several others. In 2016, Brad Cheeseman was honoured to win the prestigious TD Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival with his acclaimed Brad Cheeseman Group ensemble.
In addition to his work as bandleader, Brad regularly performs with both the Brownman Electryc Trio (feat. Brownman Ali and Colin Kingsmore) and On Topic (feat. Aubrey Dayle and Kim Ratcliffe). As a sideman, Brad has had the privilege of performing with many great Canadian jazz musicians, including Colleen Allen, Bruce Cassidy, Terry Clarke, Don Englert, Adrean Farrugia, John Macleod, Mike Malone, Reg Schwager and Nancy Walker.
Brad is an Honours graduate of both Mohawk College (’09) and Humber College (BMus ’13) and completed his MA in music composition at York University (’15).
Nominated: 2017 City of Hamilton Arts Awards (Music Category)
Nominated: Best Jazz Instrumental – 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards
WINNER: TD Grand Prix Jazz Award – 2016 Montreal Jazz Festival
WINNER: Instrumental Recording of the Year – 2016 Hamilton Music Awards
Nominated: Jazz Recording of the Year – 2016 Hamilton Music Awards
Nominated: Bassist of the Year – 2016 Hamilton Music Awards
Nominated: Best Jazz Instrumental – 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards
WINNER: Instrumental Recording of the Year – 2013 Hamilton Music Awards
Nominated: Jazz Recording of the Year – 2013 Hamilton Music Awards
Nominated: Bassist of the Year – 2013 Hamilton Music Awards
Nominated: Bassist of the Year – 2012 Hamilton Music Awards