There is no doubt that one of the most innovative and enigmatic guitarists that Canada has ever produced is Kevin Breit. Known for his diversity, fluidity and creativity, Breit is at home performing Jazz, Blues, World and more. As actor and musician Hugh Laurie once quipped, “Kevin Breit never plays the same thing once”.
As one of the most in demand guitarists in North America, Breit has recorded and /or toured with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Holly Cole, Amos Lee, Jane Siberry, Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder, Natalie McMaster, Jane Bunnett, and many others. His accolades are many – Breit is a two-time JUNO Award winner for Best Instrumental Recording (Sisters Euclid and Stretch Orchestra), a National Jazz Award winner for Best Electric Jazz (Sisters Euclid). Breit has received a Gemini Award for best television performance for the Joni Mitchell Songwriter Hall of Fame concert with Measha Brueggergosman and a Maple Blues Award
with Harry Manx for Acoustic Act of the Year.
If that were not enough, he’s performed on albums that have a collective 10 Grammy Awards for Norah Jones Come Away with Me, Norah Jones, Feels like Home, and Cassandra Wilson, New Moon Daughter.
In addition to being a “guitarist’s guitarist”, Kevin Breit is an accomplished and brilliant performer on the
mandolin. His 2012 release Field Recording was released to rave reviews from media and critics across Canada and beyond.
Breit’s Ernesto & Delilah, is an epic double-CD set with two distinctly different albums, but both are distinctly
Breit. The first disc, Ernesto, is fully instrumental and is bold with classic Brazilian sounds and atmosphere,
with styles ranging from classical to jazz. Ernesto features some stellar performances from the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra and features guest appearances from Cyro Baptista on percussion and Gregoire Maret on Harmonica. The second disc, Delilah, is a gorgeous album of duets with vocalist and actress Rebecca Jenkins.
The 11 original tracks on Delilah are the stuff dreams are made of – highlighting the ethereal vocals of Breit and Jenkins as well as Breit’s mastery if his instruments and exceptional storytelling. This release was won the Pushing Boundaries Award at the Canadian Music Folk Awards in 2017.
Kevin’s next release was his 2019 Juno nominated, Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas in the Best Instrumental category. Michael McDowell at Blitz Magazine wrote: “If thinking outside of the box is a primary goal for a musician, then Kevin Breit has taken a paper cutter to the box and sent the remains to the shredder.”