Stu Mac is back!
Niagara native son Stu Mac launches his latest project entitled “Out of the Blue.” The new recordings deliver a modern and expressive twist central to Stu Mac’s style of swing.
Out of the Blue is a collaboration of Mac and lifelong friend and renowned Canadian bass player Ross MacIntyre, pianist Stu Harrison, and drummer Mark Micklethwaite. This is Mac's second professional album after a 14-year hiatus to raise his family in Niagara.
Stu started singing at an early age as an amateur performing in plays and music festivals in the Mississauga area. Throughout his teens, he took his talent abroad performing at Disneyworld Florida, Chicago’s Comiskey Park and various national music festivals like Musicfest Canada in Halifax, NS.
Stu attended Cawthra Park School of the Arts during high school earning a scholarship to the National Jazz Camp in Parry Sound, Ontario where he trained under distinguished Canadian jazz pioneer Ranee Lee.
More than a decade later, and a family now grown, Stu has returned to the club scene to share his love of swing and create his latest project Out of the Blue.
Mac believes his interest in jazz was influenced in the early years listening to the likes of Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong but his pursuit of music was truly cemented after meeting Canadian jazz legend Diana Krall.
Stu Mac candidly admits he has missed his music immensely and feels called back to it and can’t wait to share his next creation with jazz lovers across Canada.
Stu continued his studies as a vocal major at the esteemed Humber College Jazz Program and in 1998, won the jazz vocalist of the year award.
In 2000, Mac formed a working jazz band launching his first album “In A Moment” with his jazz contemporaries Gordon Webster, Rob McBride, Dave Brophy, Ben Jansson and Justin Walter.