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Jim Galloway

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Jim Galloway
Background information
Birth nameJames Braidie Galloway
Born(1936-07-28)July 28, 1936
Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
DiedDecember 30, 2014(2014-12-30) (aged 78)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Instrument(s)Saxophone, clarinet
Years active1960s–2014

James Braidie Galloway (28 July 1936 – 30 December 2014)[1] was a jazz clarinet and saxophone player. He based his career in Canada after emigrating from Scotland in the mid-1960s.

Early life and education[edit]

Galloway was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland.[2] He studied graphic design at the Glasgow School of Fine Arts.[3] He also studied clarinet and alto saxophone, and began playing in local Glasgow venues.[2]


Galloway moved to Toronto in 1964.[3] He worked briefly as a graphic designer, and played in local bands, including the Metro Stompers.[4] He went on tour in Europe and the United States with Buddy Tate in the mid-1970s,[4] and soon after formed the Wee Big Band.

Galloway recorded many jazz albums, both with his own band and in collaboration with other well-known jazz musicians.[2] His album Walking on Air was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Juno Awards of 1980.

He was a co-founder of the Toronto Jazz Festival, and served as its music director from 1987 to 2009.[5] In 2002 he was made a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[2]

Galloway died in palliative care in Toronto on 30 December 2014.[6] A documentary film about his life, Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz, was aired on TV Ontario in 2018.[7]



  1. ^ Miller, Mark (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. pp. 7–8. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jim Galloway: Saxophonist who left his native Scotland to become one of the leading lights of the Canadian jazz scene". The Independent, Brian Morton, 20 March 2015
  3. ^ a b "Toronto jazz festival co-founder Jim Galloway dies at 78". Toronto Star, Trish Crawford, Jan. 6, 2015
  4. ^ a b "Musician James Galloway was a foundational figure in Canadian jazz". The Globe and Mail, JAMES CULLINGHAM, January 28, 2015
  5. ^ "Jim Galloway leaves Toronto Jazz Festival". The Globe and Mail. 22 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Jim Galloway (1936-2014)". JAZZ.FM91. 30 December 2014. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  7. ^ " Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz". TVO, Oct 05, 2018

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