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Lillos, Brian (Martin)

Lillos, Brian (Martin), alto saxophone and clarinet; b. Toronto, Canada, 20 March 1949. Moved, while an infant, with his mother (Marjorie) to Vancouver, Canada. Joined by father (Norman) in 1954 after father's graduation from medical school. Began clarinet studies at 5 years of age.

Studied clarinet and orchestral repertoire with Heinrich Ohlemann for 15 years. As a classical clarinetist, he performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Symphonie New Caledonia, Colombia Symphony Orchestra, Banff Summer Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Montreal Symphony, the University of British Columbia Symphony, and the C.B.C. Chamber Orchestra.  Completed an A.R.C.T. in performance clarinet from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in 1965. He was a clinician for Buffet/Crampon from 1968-1972.  At 11 years of age began playing saxophone (self-taught) with local dance, rock, and R&B bands. At 16 years moved to the nightclub and studio scene as a woodwind specialist (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophone, flute, piccolo, alto flute, oboe, english horn, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet) in Vancouver. His mentors were Fraser MacPhearson, Bobby Hales, and Dave Robbins.Concurrently completed B.Mus (historical musicology/theory/composition) at The University of British Columbia (1974), a Masters of Music (ethnomusicology) at The University of British Columbia (1977), as well as studies in Anthropology with Robon Ridington, Wilson Duff, Bill Reid, Claude Levi-Strauss, Pierre Maranda, and Elli Kongas-Maranda. As a jazz artist, he studied harmony and improvisation with Barry Harris, David Baker, Jerry Coker, and Jamey Aebersold. Jazz influences include Sonny Stitt, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and Clifford Brown.

In a jazz context, he has performed with: Bobby Hales, Dave Robbins, Fraser MacPhearson, Al Wold, George Ursan, Dave Quarin, Bobby Doyle, Frank Mansell, "Cuddles" Johnson,  "Bib" Miller, Wally Schneider, Jack Stafford, Roy Bull, Bob MacDonald, Ian MacDougal, Blaine Tringham, Blaine Dunaway, Roy Cummings, Floyd Standifer, Bob Hamper, Mike Revely, Fred Stride, Rob MacKenzie, Hugh Fraser, Leighton Noble, P.J.Perry, Campbell Ryga, Phil Dwyer, Ingrid Jensen, Diana Krall, Tom Keenlyside, Jim Vallance, Bill Trussel, Pat Collins, Robin Sheir, Frank Mantooth, Ed Lewis, Tommy Banks, David Pickell, Gary Edighofer, Lorne Kellett, Tom Hazlitt, Bruce Fairburn, Buff Allen, Tom Keenlyside, Barry Elmes, Pat LaBarbera, Kevin Dean, Rudy Petchaur, Brad Turner, John Swan, Stewart Barnett, Seamus Blake, Ross Taggert, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Shannon Gunn, Rick Kilborne, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Tony Bennett, Tommy Flannigan, Keeter Betts, Ed Thigpen, Charles Tolliver, Dianna Ross, The Supremes, Tommy Dorsey Tribute Band, Don Thompson, Phil Wilson, Steve Houghton, Alastair Kay, Ernie Patterson, Phil Nimmons, Maria Schneider, Denny Christianson, Pat Coleman, John Forrest, Louis Bellson, Brian Dickinson, Mike Downes, Ted Warren, Terry Clarke, Ted Quinlan, Tony Zorzi, Mike Farquharson, Steve Crowe, Archie Alleyne, Doug Riley, Neil Swainson, Louise Rose, Danny Lapp, Russell Botten, Michelle Weir, Dave Barduhn, Donnie Clark, Hal Galper, Terry Promane, Mark Promane, Ray Brown, Alex Dean, Kelly Jefferson, Steve McDade, John MacLeod, Tuss Little, Alain Caron, Jerry Johnson, J.P. Zanella, David Branter, Kent Sangster, Pat Belliveau, Oliver Gannon, Ron Johnston, Bob Livingstone, Brian Harris, Armas Maiste, Kieren Overs, Nancy Walker, Dave Dunlop, Joe Sullivan, Kim Nazarian, Mike Grace, Dave James, Anthony Panacci, Don Baird, Bob Leonard, Kevin Turcotte, Sean Moody, Jerry Fuller, Paul DeLong, Rick Lazar, Gene Smith, Guido Basso, Bob Stroupe, Mike Vax, Chuck Israels.

Served on faculty of Music at U.B.C., College of New Caledonia, Humber College. He's the former Director of Music at Humber College in Toronto (1992-2001). Currently, he's Professor of Woodwinds and Jazz Studies at Humber College, Toronto, Canada. Currently, Yamaha Artist/Clinician (1982 - present), Chairman of The Canadian Stage Band Festival.

The Elders are Listening Volume I (1996); The Elders are Listening Volume II (1997); For Sonny (1998); Rezidential School Blues (2001)
As sideperson, he recorded with Maria Schneider and Jazz Orchestra (2003)

"Getting Hip" -- Accessing Altered Tensions. I.A.J.E. Journal (2004)
Jazz Pedagogy. Humber Music Press (2003)
Alto SaxophoneTranscriptions of Sonny Stitt's Solos. Humber Music Press (2002)
Jazz Curricula Humber Music Press and B.C.O.U. Press. (2001)
Career Development Strategies for the Working Musician. Humber Music Press (2000)
Resources for the Developing Improvisor. Humber Music Press (1999)

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