Colin Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Toronto. For the last thirty years, he has played guitar and bass in Toronto and throughout Southern Ontario, Quebec, and New York, with numerous artists in a diverse range of styles, including jazz, classical, funk, rock, bossa nova, samba, salsa, and soukous.
Colin has also performed and recorded with many of Toronto’s top jazz musicians including Bill McBirnie, Kevin Turcotte, Michael Occhipinti, Paul Neufeld, Levon Ichkhanian, Amanda Martinez, Robert Michaels, Mark Sepic, and Rick Lazar’s Samba Squad.
One of Colin’s main area of interest is in Brazilian style guitar playing and Bossa Nova in particular. He can sometimes be seen performing with his Brazilian-born wife, Guiomar, who sings and plays percussion, and most recently his teenage son, Adriano who joins him on the alto saxophone.
Colin is also on the faculty at Lycée Français de Toronto where he is the head of the music department and leads many of the ensembles and clubs including band, guitar, and ukulele.
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, practicing jazz
Musical influences: Jazz greats: Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Pat Martino, Toquinho, Djavan, and Joao Gilberto (Bossa nova guitar), Franco (African guitar), James Jamerson (Motown bass), James Brown, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc.!
Favourite food: Brazilian-style chicken, rice, angu, farofa, and beans
Least favourite food: cilantro
Favourite music: Bossa Nova, Bebop, Funk, Classic rock
Favourite song: Amor até o fim as sung by Elis Regina
Favourite movie: Lord of the Rings
Favourite movie music: Black Orpheus
Best thing about teaching at ABC: The inspiring and fun students!