- Mark Miller
(b Toronto, May 10, 1954). Canadian guitarist. He began playing guitar at the age of 13 and first worked in rock bands in Toronto. After turning to jazz under the influence of Ed Bickert and, more generally, Bill Evans (ii), he developed a harmonically advanced bop-based style, further refined by studies with Lee Konitz in New York in 1984. He began leading his own trios in Toronto in 1979 and was soon heard by Oscar Peterson, who produced his first recording, It Could Happen to You (1980, Pablo 2312122). Lofsky later worked locally with Bickert and the saxophon-ists Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald, as well as with many visiting musicians, including Pepper Adams, Bob Brookmeyer, Chet Baker, and Jimmy McGriff. He toured internationally with Peterson from 1994 to 1996 and played in Bickert’s place with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass in 1995. Lofsky’s recordings include a tribute to Bill Evans, ...