John De Simini

"Every woodwind player dreams of a horn that can allow them to do it all. My Cannonball Vintage Reborn Alto and Stone Series Soprano are the first horns I’ve played that feel immediately as though I’ve been playing them for years. These instruments provide me with a tonal palette that allows for the right sound for the right gig. Whether it be a Broadway show, solo Jazz, or commercial work, I’m confident that I have the best horn for the job." ~ John De Simini


John De Simini was born in Toronto, Ontario. With formal training in piano, starting at the age of 6, John’s love of music grew when he was enrolled at St. Michael’s College School and was given saxophone as his major instrument of study. Upon completion of high school studies, John enrolled in Toronto’s prestigious Humber College music program where he earned a degree with honors in Jazz and Contemporary music. While at Humber, John had the privilege of studying with Pat LaBarbera, Don Thompson, Mark Promane, Al Kay, Brian O’Kane, and Jim McGrath and was the recipient of numerous awards from St. John’s Music, The Humber College Scholarship Fund, and Jazz FM 91.1.

As a freelance musician in Toronto, John has had the pleasure to perform with Chris Potter, John Clayton, Jens Lindemann, The LaBarbera Brothers, The Humber College Faculty Alumni Big Band, Terence Blanchard, the Don Thompson/Reg Schwager Nonet, Hilario Duran’s Latin Big Band, The Don Thompson Big Band and Geoff Keezer.

John has performed throughout Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. Favorites have included performances at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, TD Canada Trust Ottawa Jazz Festival, and tours of British Columbia and the Bahamas.

In 2007, John began his career as an educator, teaching at various music programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

As an active woodwind doubler in the musical theatre community, John’s favorite shows include: the Toronto production of JERSEY BOYS (Dancap Productions), Regional productions of GYPSY, CITY OF ANGELS, GUYS AND DOLLS, The North American tour of LEGALLY BLONDE: The Musical (Troika Entertainment). Currently John is performing throughout North America playing the Reed 1 book on the JERSEY BOYS Tour (Dodger Theatrical). Musical direction and conducting credits include FOOTLOOSE, URINETOWN, as well as the Canadian Premiere of BARE: A ROCK OPERA at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre.

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