Violin, Mandolin, Clarinet, Vocals
Styles: Classical, Jazz
Drew Jurecka is a Toronto-based violinist who is comfortable in many genres. Trained classically at the Cleveland Institute of Music, during his final year Drew played a solo with the great Dave Brubeck and his quartet at Severance Hall. While at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, Drew had the opportunity to play at the Hollywood Bowl with Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, and Shirley Horn.
Drew has performed, recorded and arranged for a broad spectrum of artists in many genres, including Dua Lipa, Royal Wood, Donovan Woods, Justin Rutledge, Buffy St. Marie, Banners, Amelia Curran, Classified, David Miles, Russell DeCarle, Jim Cuddy, Bahamas, Sarah Slean, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Whiteley, Jesse Cook, Rita Chiarelli, David Buchbinder, and Lynn Miles.
Drew's arrangements have been used on countless records for artists across Canada, the United States and Europe. Drew has written original scores for eight stage plays, including seven for Vancouver-based ‘Monster Theatre’ and one for Tracey Erin Smith’s play “the Burning Bush”, which has been performed extensively in Toronto and New York City. He has also written and produced music for film, including the award winning documentary "Cuba Libre" and the recent shorts "An Insignificant Man” and “Sidestep Goosestep”.
Drew is a faculty member at Humber College where he has helped to develop a unique jazz strings program. His students have gone on to win international jazz awards and to perform and record in Canada, the US and France.