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Where are you located?
Toronto, Canada
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Educator, Clinician, Arranger, Composer
Tell us a little about your background...
Hi y'all,
I'm a vocalist, saxophonist, flutist, and composer located in Toronto, Canada, by way of Boston and NYC. I've been playing professionally for over 20 years, and have been blessed to share the national and International stage with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Charles Tolliver, Billy Hart, Jim McNeely, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Terry Clarke, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Victor Lewis, Anita O'Day, George Cables and others. I've had the good fortune to perform in Europe at several major jazz festivals and clubs and in Japan, South Africa, India, Canada and the USA. I'm looking forward to meeting with everyone and increasing my network of friends!


“A wonderful combination of vocals and very lyrical saxophone – employing a repertoire of classic standards, Sundar’s performance provide a truly pleasurable listening experience; shades of Chet Baker definitely come to mind.” Dave Liebman (Miles Davis, Chick Corea)

“From time to time there evolves an artist whose musical gifts are unmistakable. Such is the case with multi-reedist and composer Sundar Viswanathan. Creatively mixing the musical foundations of his birthplace of India and the modern Jazz artform, Sundar deftly intermingles each of his vignettes with engaging solos from himself and the well chosen musicians he assembled to perform his work… An authentic musical voice as a composer and improviser. By the way, his singing ability is as comparable.”
Charles Tolliver, The Charles Tolliver Big Band

“The first three tunes on this CD, Samsara, Moksha, and Ahimsa form ‘The Kanishka Suite.’ Andrew Downing (bass) sets up the jazz pulse on Samsara. Viswanathan, an adept saxophonist, changes that with an intense propel on soprano, his voice immersed in the intonation of the raga. Yet, there is that wider sphere for him to explore and he does that as he changes direction and brings in some swing…Viswanathan swings with abandon, turning quick imaginative curves that blister and burn…Viswanathan’s explorations of the two worlds should give enough cause to rejoice.” Jerry D’Souza, ALL ABOUT, Jan. 25, 2008

“Experience truly stimulating contemporary world jazz here… Sundar's alto has a distinctive, edgy sound that often thrills with its imaginative ideas and crafty shape-shifting contours.” Geoff Chapman, TORONTO STAR, Aug. 17, 2006
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
web surf
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Saxophone, Other
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At 12:02pm on May 7, 2011, David Finocchiaro said…
Sundar, nice compositions and you do have a nice voice.
At 8:12pm on April 4, 2010, Craig Chapman said…
Sundar... Thanks for adding me as a friend. I would love to play some of your music on RHYTHMflow Radio. You can send me MP3s... Will you be at the Montreal Jazz Festival this year?
At 10:05pm on March 19, 2010, Victor Fields said…
Very nice indeed! You're tone (vocally and instrumentally) is infectious brother! Thank you for your friendship. Peace and Blessings!
At 8:28am on March 15, 2010, Debbie Orta said…
I heard your voice and your playing for 2 minutes on Jai Jai's player and am now a huge fan. Wonderful voice, beautiful music. Wishing you all the best and I hope I hear that you are coming to South Florida sometime soon!!
At 8:14am on March 15, 2010, Michele D'Cunha - Goodman said…
One of the best jazz concerts I've enjoyed in a long time. Your sense of humour and charm, your voice....I didn't know you, it was a fantabulous evening, and I'm still humming Easy Living so many weeks later...
At 12:05pm on March 6, 2010, Kara Johnstad said…
you can send MP3s or the best is a link where I can download the album with all tracks clearly marked etc..

At 8:15pm on March 5, 2010, Cheryle Gray said…
Thank you for the add request...loving your sound!
At 2:44am on March 3, 2010, Angela DeNiro said…
Thanks for the add...enjoyed your music!
At 12:24am on March 3, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…

What a great live stream you did the other night broadcasting your CD release party here with us worldwide. Your band was phenomenal and you were superb. Pure excellence! The Jazz Network celebrates with you!

At 12:17am on March 3, 2010, curtis magee said…
Hello Sundar saw you on live stream. great show you just picked up a new fan. i am here in indianapolis indiana i will be buying your music this week...thanks ...p.s the bass player wow.
At 12:11am on March 1, 2010, Kara Johnstad said…
so good to finally spend some time here this morning.

Hi Sundar,

Beautiful voice - beautiful music. Send over the album and I will put you on THE ESSENCE RADIO SHOW.

best wishes,

At 2:21am on February 25, 2010, Rita Shelby said…
What beautiful music you have Sundar! Wow!
Sorry to just get back to you. I've been in survival mode (smile).
My capabilities to showcase artists has diminished greatly because of a change in format but I strongly suggest that you visit my page and then click on the Music Submit button. They have been instrumental in helping me get more airplay.
Yours in music,
Jazzy Rita
At 5:28pm on February 15, 2010, David Wyatt Sr. said…
Hi Sundar, I don't have a radio show. I'm also a artist. Good to hear from you. You can hear my music at
At 9:01am on February 6, 2010, Mike Longo said…
Hi Sundar:
Nice to meet you. I was a judge for someone's senior recital at NYU a few years ago. Also I have taught a few students there as an adjunct professor. Good to hear from you. Keep up the good work.
Mike Longo
At 9:49am on February 5, 2010, Steve Provizer said…
At 8:50am on February 5, 2010, Steve Provizer said…
Very nice music. Send mp3's to J.T. Potter, music Director of "Ocean of Voices" to .


At 9:21pm on February 4, 2010, Kathleen Gorman said…
Hi Sundar,
Beautiful tracks man! Love the warm vocals, soulful sax and swinging arrangements. You're a triple threat! Hope to play together some time in town. Great to hear your music and to see you in this wonderful Jazz Network. Best of luck with your CD, and continued success and creativity. Cheers! Kathleen
At 9:15pm on February 4, 2010, Joani Taylor said…
Things are dead dead dead here. Larnell is amazing isn't he?
I know who the others are and their work but Iv'e never worked with them. I work with the old school guys mainly, Don Thompson,
Kelly Jefferson, Terry Clarke, Michele Donato, oh ... I love to work with a lot of guys there. Here I work with Bob Murphy, Ross Taggart, Miles Foxx Hill, Buff Allen, Campbell Ryga, Brad Turner etc. etc.
Again .... it's a treat to hear you
smile, jt
At 9:01pm on February 4, 2010, Cy Green said…
Hey Sundar
Sounds great, man! Maybe we can do something.
Keep in touch and the faith.

At 8:58pm on February 4, 2010, Shunnae Love said…
thank you for introducing me to your music. Love the smooth sounds. Congratulations on your cd.








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