Drew Jurecka is in high demand, not only an accomplished jazz and session violinist but also as an arranger, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Trained classically, he studied with Lorand Fenyves and has a degree from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Drew has spent the last twelve year years playing jazz, pop, rock and other contemporary styles in Toronto. Though violin is his primary instrument, he also works frequently as a performer and recording sideman on viola, saxophone, clarinet and mandolin.
An in-demand soloist, session player and sideman, Drew can be heard frequently in clubs and theatres around Canada with his own group or as a part of one of his bands. Most recently, Drew has been touring and performing with his trio which released a new record this year.
Drew has performed, recorded and arranged for a broad spectrum of artists in many genres, including 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, Lynn Miles, Cindy Church, the Good Lovelies, Jully Black.
For five years, Drew played with Jeff Healey as part of his Jazz Wizards band, which toured extensively across Canada. Drew can be heard on three of Jeff Healey’s CDs, including the Juno Nominated “Last Call”. Drew has also toured nationally and internationally with The Polyjesters, Jesse Cook, Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe, Alex Pangman, the Bebop Cowboys and Jill Barber. He is currently a member of Jill Barber’s band, where he plays Violin, Saxophone and Clarinet. He co-wrote five songs on Jill’s recent album “Mischievous Moon”, which spent six weeks as Canada’s best selling jazz album after its release in April 2011. Drew took on the role of producer, arranger and orchestrator for Jill’s album “Chansons”, which spent 6 weeks as Canada’s best selling Jazz record after it’s release in 2013. He also co-wrote, arranged and co-produced her latest album “Fool’s Gold”, released in mid 2014.
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 currently teaches violin at Humber College, where he has helped to create the only specialized jazz strings post-secondary program in Canada. In seven years, the program has quadrupled in size and now includes ensembles, technique and master classes in addition to private lessons. His students have gone on to win international jazz awards and to perform and record in Canada, the US and France.
From 2002 – 2011, Drew was the director of the Jazz series at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico. During that time he sold out nearly every show, performing with renowned Canadian artists such as Richard Underhill, Daniel Barnes, Terra Hazelton, Sophia Perlman and Jill Barber.
As a child, Drew worked as an actor, including a starring role as Josy, a gypsy violinist in the Sony Classical film “Liszt’s Rhapsody”. Drew also had feature roles in Norman Jewison’s “Language of the Heart” and Robert Wuhl’s feature film “Open Season”.