One of Canada’s most recognizable voices in jazz, Tia Brazda’s jazz-pop gems and retro style have established her as a unique presence on the jazz scene, both at home in Canada and abroad. Brazda has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, main stage at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, was rated as ‘Best of the Fest’ at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, and has toured numerous times across North America and Europe, from intimate supper clubs to large outdoor festivals. Her music has been described as a “hip pastiche” and a “walking catalog of 20th century jazz styles”.
Brazda's new album When I Get Low finds her rediscovering songs largely from the 1930s, in the Great American songbook - a time with eerie parallels to today, wedged between a worldwide pandemic and wars. The album features love songs full of melancholy and longing, but is also ultimately uplifting; dreamy and nostalgic with a dash of grit. Brazda’s effortless vocals are supported by a cast of players from her live touring band that features Grammy and JUNO award winners. The entire album was recorded remotely, with all the players tracking their parts in home studios, ranging from Northern Ontario to New Orleans, due to the pandemic. After recording the album, Brazda debuted it live to a full house and rave reviews at Birdland in Hamburg, Germany, as well as at PizzaExpress in London, UK before returning home to tour across Canada in support. The album has received glowing reviews from major news outlets around the world, including Jazzwise Magazine who said Brazda presents "A vivacious vocal and a sense of jazz-inflected elasticity in her delivery.", The Wholenote who said "You won’t find another singer who vocalizes music – including this classic music – quite like Tia Brazda...she has a fully formed style that is wholly her own...gorgeously sullen, long-limbed narratives and floating and spinning lines to unfold with bewitching beauty.", Jazz Journal who said her "intonation is endearing" and The Syncopated Times, who said there's a "clean, fresh, modern sound she imparts, while retaining the soul of these old styles.", and that "While many bands made admirable efforts at remote recording with credible results, this team has absolutely cracked the technique to produce a superb sounding record." The track "Smile" was also added to the Spotify Editorial playlist "Sweet Jazz", where it has earned over 450,000 streams since its release.
Not only a singer, but a songwriter as well, Brazda burst onto the scene in 2012 with her electro-swing single Cabin Fever, now considered a landmark song in the genre. She followed that up with the 2015 full-length album Bandshell, named as one of the best of the decade in the Italian press and one of the best of the year by Jazz FM 91 in Toronto. In 2016 followed that up with Bandshell Remixed, an album of remixes of songs off her Bandshell album, by prominent DJs from around the world. Her 2018 release Daydream saw her exploring new grooves with bossa nova, soul and tango influences. Songs from her albums can be heard across America on the celebrated JazzWorks Radio Playlist.