2021 JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP | Brandi Disterheft Trio with George Coleman | | The JUNO Awards

Bassist, singer, composer, Brandi Disterheft, relocated to NYC from Vancouver to begin an apprenticeship of Miles Davis’ bassist, Ron Carter. It’s not only her fiery bass playing that make audiences stand-up and holler, but also her innovative live shows as she sings in both English and French. Winning a JUNO for her “Debut” album, Brandi had the honor of recording with the legendary Hank Jones & Oliver Jones on the album “Pleased to Meet You” and has since performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Opera House.

Brandi’s fifth album, Surfboard (Justin Time), is her most accomplished yet. Featuring the legendary saxophonist George Coleman, “Surfboard” is a Brazilian Jazz album showcasing Brandi’s inventive writing, power-socket bass playing, and sweet ethereal vocals. With Portinho on drums who is now in his eighties having performed with Tania Maria, Airto Moreira, Herbie Mann, Charlie Rouse, Nancy Wilson, Harry Belafonte, Paquito De Rivera to name a few, and the pearly genius of pianist Klaus Mueller, this trio shines with slick vignette arrangements paying homage to composers from Carlos Jobim to bassist Sam Jones.