Accompanists

Brigham Phillips has been on the Toronto music scene nearly 40 years as a player (piano and trumpet), bandleader, teacher, producer, composer and arranger, performing jazz, pop, Dixieland, theatre and orchestral music. His CD “And It Really Was” featuring Canadian jazz greats Guido Basso and Mike Murley was nominated for a Juno in 2002 and won Brigham the National Jazz Award for Producer of the Year. In the summer of 2008 Brigham went to Moscow twice to record the Moscow Festival Orchestra performing his arrangements of Celtic classics and songs from the American songbook.

Brigham was musical director for John McDermott for 15 years and the musical director for David Clayton-Thomas (of Blood, Sweat and Tears fame) for 4 years. For much of 2013-17 Brigham was touring with The (Canadian) Tenors playing keyboards, accordion and trumpet as well as performing with The Official Blues Brothers Revue and serving as musical director with Drayton Entertainment. He completed his Masters in Music Composition in 2018.

Boris Treivus was born in St. Petersburg, where he graduated from the Mussorgsky Music College and moved to Toronto in 1990. In 2000 he also graduated from the University of Toronto Drama Program.

Boris has been playing piano for various ballet companies and dance schools for almost 30 years. In 2002 he joined Canada National Ballet School as an accompanist for professional, associate and adult ballet programs.

He also plays organ, accordion, conducts choir and has been working as a Music Director of several churches for over 20 years. Boris also plays in jazz bands, an original Argentinian Tango quartet and Toronto Mandolin Orchestra. In addition, he has written plays and directed several theatre productions.

Boris is very excited to work with Marie Gogo and looking forward to accompanying her performances.

Roadie Jay is a vocalist, pianist, and community organizer in Toronto's jazz scene. He is the frontman for his quartet 'The Brunswick Boys', and has been a bandleader and facilitator for many shows and jams in Toronto, including at the Emmet Ray, Paupers Pub, Capone's Cocktail Lounge, and the Jazz Bistro. In addition to his proficiencies as a performer, he also works as a music teacher and professional road crew for musicians.

Tim has been playing and performing on piano and guitar (and some harmonica too) since he was 13 years old. His early influences were The Beatles but he embraces and plays many styles and genres. Tim derives his most enjoyment by seeing the amazing effect live music has on people and he hopes to be playing and entertaining for many more years.

David’s biggest passion has always been to create and play music that moves people and to teach others to do the same. Trained classically on the piano from age seven, David began to expand his repertoire to jazz, pop, rock and bossa nova in high school. Throughout university and beyond, David loved exploring music from other cultures, such as klezmer, salsa, Turkish folk, and French chanson. David enjoys performing for audiences of all ages and seeing the joy that people get from the music.

David also plays accordion and guitar!