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I produce, arrange, teach, play trumpet, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), breathe music and love all things creative. I lead a number of bands, Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga, (which features South African Township music), One World Trio (a world music project)  and Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra (a 10 piece wide-format band) populated by the finest virtuoso players in my chosen hometown of Toronto Canada. My latest project is Bruce Cassidy’s Anti-Gravity Machine and I traveled to Johannesburg South Africa to launch it. See a short rehearsal clip below. I teach improvisation, trumpet, and music production at Humber College in Toronto. Please browse my site – leave a comment on the contact page and let me know if I can be of assistance to you in any way.

Warming up for this next!


In November 2016 I traveled to South Africa to launch my new chamber-jazz project

Bruce Cassidy’s Anti-Gravity Machine

Below is a short video clip courtesy of Maciej Lacny.

Get my latest CD ‘My African Heart’ and other great music at

From 1978 to 1980 I was musical director of Blood Sweat and Tears – here is a video from an appearance on a German TV show during a 1980 tour.


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass has written a wonderful piece of music that shows off the EVI. It was premiered with the Esprit Orchestra  on April 17, 2014.  Below is Michael’s note about the composition:

Dragon for Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) and orchestra was commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra of Toronto under a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for Toronto’s EVI soloist Bruce Cassidy.
Dragon was inspired by writer Stieg Larsson’s trilogy about Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is a ruthless, ingenious computer hacker with a photographic memory. She also packs mace and a Taser and can take out guys twice her size (she’s only 4′ 11″ and 90 pounds!). Her appearance says it all: she wears black-studded leather, lots of piercings and a T-shirt that says “This is fair warning.”
The EVI’s wild sounds brilliantly capture Lisbeth’s complex personality. She is merciless with enemies but gentle with those in need—especially abused women, because she was abused as a child.
Dragon was first conceived as a work in graphic notation—simple abstract markings that represent musical events—and later filled in with rhythms and pitches. The work includes sections of pure improvisation for the EVI and selected members of the orchestra
Dragon performance 2014 HB photo

My latest release ‘My African Heart’ is an album of South African themes played by my 10 piece band and some tracks by my quintet. Here is a track from that album:

Mid-Atlantic Blues

You can get a digital version of the album and view all the tracks on iTunes.

From a performance at The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario featuring the Mississauga Big Band which I conduct together with my Hotfoot Orchestra. Feb 21, 2014
At the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga Ontario with the Mississauga Big Band and my Hotfoot Orchestra Feb 21, 2014


Bambrick/Cassidy Jazz FM interview

Recording of Hugh’s Room show (in two parts) – broadcast Oct 27, 2013 on Jazz FM


Tribute to Hugh Masekela – live recording – part A

Tribute to Hugh Masekela – live recording – part B

  Tribute to Hugh gig Aug 8-2013



  1. Bruce, I see we have more in common than I expected. I was born in what was Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Spent many years in South Africa and as a live sound guy there I do have tales to tell, I worked for a band Hotline. I ended up in the US, therein another tale! Back in 96 I came on board as Sedaka’s sound man and was thus privileged to work with and drink with Earl. There is the night when Earl and I closed a bar along with Tommy Smothers. Two minds like that just in a free form conversation! I just closed my mouth and kept my ears open. Magical. Next day Tommy pointed me out to his wife saying “He is the one who kept me out so late last night!” Earl wasn’t due to be on set for another hour so I happily became the fall guy. Anyway, nice to “emeet” you Bruce, I have sat on the bench you mention, I also sat on one in Edmonton likewise dedicated to Mr Seymour. Cheers. Steven.

    • So cool Steven – sorry I took so long to see this. Yes Earl was a wonder and sorely missed. Thank you for connecting. The stories of Earl continue to entertain and never end.

  2. Hello Bruce,

    An old roommate here: Peter Carruthers, Bruce. Hope that all is well, it sure looks liek it is!

    After a career in catering that lasted 41 years, I am now Commercial Director at the Aga Khan Museum, Bruce, a welcomed career change, because I thought I would try life with a Boss. LOL. (been an entrepreneur for so many years) and I have an awesome boss – Henry Kim at the Museum. one are that I work in is the booking of our WORLD CLASS Theatre, seating 335 guests, we have lots of evenings available and I would like to show you the Theatre someday. Can we reconnect? hope so! love ya, man, Peter

  3. I’m a South African, living in Cape Town. I have fond memories of attending a Blood Sweat and Tears concert in Johannesburg, where I saw and heard the EVI for the first time. It was a dream come true to see and hear lice one of my favorite bands which I listened to in my teens and early twenties. I think you are doing an excellent job of bringing African and particular South African music to a wider audience and I applaud you for that. How about organising a gig in Cape Town sometime with Anti-Gravity Machine.

    • Hi George. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am hoping to have a performance of my new band in Cape Town next year. We would have had one this year except that the organizer couldn’t find a suitable venue. I await an invitation from the folks who organized this last gig in Joburg. I love the Mother City and look forward to visiting again. Do come and say hello if the event comes through. Very best. Bruce

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