Whisky Kisses by Alex Bird & The Jazz Mavericks Available On October 23, 2020


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Vocals are a rival to Michael Bublé with a dash of Edwyn Collins. Edgy stuff. Possibly the new Elvis? Too much? Check it out yourselves.
—Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz
Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor from Toronto, Canada. Alex is quickly becoming one of the top new Jazz crooners on the scene. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex is currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with his soon to be released original 11 track debut album Whisky Kisses (October 23rd, 2020). The album was recorded at Canterbury Studios with the masterful Jeremy Darby. “Whisky Kisses” is already an award winner, with one of the many accolades being “Best Jazz Song” at the World Songwriting Awards (2020).

Alex literally grew up with the classics. As a boy he hung around the Toronto Jazz scene starting at the age of two and met many of the greats. Without even knowing it, his musical training developed, sitting around at smoky jazz clubs into the wee small hours of the morning. With influences spanning from the ‘20s to the ‘70s, Alex Bird is a writer of incredible precision and lyrical depth. Working with a killer line up of young musicians, dubbed “THE JAZZ MAVERICKS”, they are pushing the boundaries of a beautiful tradition and bringing it into a new era. Ewen Farncombe (Piano, B3, Rhodes), Eric West (Drums), Scott Hunter (Bass).

On May 21st, 2020, Alex was the subject of the opening night short film of the Canadian Film Fest. Music from the short film is from Alex’s debut album. Because One Day tells the story of how Alex was adopted from Romania and grew up going to the Jazz clubs in downtown Toronto. Alex was awarded “Best Music” by the Canadian Film Festival Jury; a category that had such fellow nominees as Juno Award winner and Grammy nominee, Hilario Duran.

“Whisky Kisses” has been getting airplay in Canada, USA, Mexico, Spain, and the UK. Airplay in Canada included the very popular Saturday Night Jazz program on CBC, with Juno award winning and Grammy nominee host, Laila Biali. Reviews have also been coming in from around the globe.

Simply put, Alex Bird isn’t a retro act. He has the ability to guide you through the darkest night and to open your eyes to the possibility of love in a gridlocked street. He is heartbreaking and full of spontaneous and improvised magic.

Welcome to the stylish and textured world that is ALEX BIRD.


JAZZ QUAD (RUSSIA) “I am somewhat skeptical about comparisons with the shadows of the great vocalists of the past. No, Alex Bird will not become the second Sinatra, although he works in the same stylistic field. He has already become the first Alex Bird, and if the trends outlined by Whisky Kisses continue in the future, this name will sound louder and louder.” —Leonid Auskern

JAZZ’HALO (BELGIUM) “Crooners who not only sing in style according to classical etiquette, but also write their own lyrics are rather rare. Canadian Alex Bird is one of the few exceptions. In short, it is all there: the voice, the class, the sensuality and above all the feeling for both pathos and swing. Eleven songs that fit perfectly into the repertoire of “The Great American Songbook”. —Georges Tonla Briquet

JOHN EMMS (JOURNALIST/SONGWRITER/JUNO JUDGE) “Alex Bird and the Jazz Mavericks reveal a vital, original, and intimate passion with their debut album Whisky Kisses. Bird’s unique and soothing voice is truthful and upfront throughout the album, but underneath there lies a type of danger not usually associated with short 3 minute Jazz songs. The magic of Whisky Kisses is borne out of original songs that reflect the ambience of let’s say the noted American Songbook (The Gershwins, Cole Porter) without copying them. This album is special and will launch a new career.”


Winner of Best Music: Canadian Film Fest (2020)
“Whisky Kisses” Best Jazz Song: The World Songwriting Awards (Winter 2020)
“Lemon Drop Stars” Top Finalist Best Jazz Song: The World Songwriting Awards (Summer 2020)
Unsigned Only Competition: Jazz Semi-Finalist (2020)

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