"Lily Sazz, Hamilton’s most consistent, most inspired gift to Canada’s music scene."
- Richard Flohil
During her last 2 years studying music as a student of world-renowned concert pianist Valerie Tryon, majoring in harpsichord and piano at McMaster University, Lily Sazz discovered the music that would rock her world and change her path forever. She witnessed a live performance on the street in Gore Park, downtown Hamilton, not knowing who or what she was experiencing. That group turned out to be Crowbar with King Biscuit Boy. Through mutual friends, she met, and eventually befriended and was mentored by several members of these Canadian legends, and she was encouraged to join her first band back in 1985.
Since then, Sazz's musical journey has led her through many adventures, performing and recording with some of the top musicians Canada has to offer. She has been a member of the Toronto Blues Society's Women's Blues Revue band since 1995, spending 10 years as musical director.
Sazz is currently performing with her six-piece roots/blues group, Cootes Paradise (recently nominated for New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards), and occasionally tours with Rita Chiarelli (with Sweet Loretta), and others.
Over the years, she has performed live with many wonderful artists. Here's a list of just a few in alphabetical order:
Carole Pope / Chuck Jackson / Denzal Sinclair / Donnie Walsh / Ellen McIllwaine / Haydain Neale / Jackie Richardson / Jarvis Church / Kellylee Evans / King Biscuit Boy / Molly Johnson / Nikki Yanovsky / Paul Shaffer / Ray Materick / Robbie Lane / Roxanne Potvin / Salome Bey / Sass Jordan / Serena Ryder / Shakura Saidah / Sue Foley / Suzie Vinnick / Tom Wilson / Treasa Levasseur