Nancy is from Montreal, Canada and performed internationally with chamber, jazz and contemporary ensembles for over 20 years, including many recordings and tours with her Canadian group, The Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet.
The quartet, one of the longest-performing chamber music groups in Canadian history, appeared at several World Saxophone Congresses, as well as many Jazz Festivals and Chamber Music Festivals across Canada, the USA, in Europe, and Jamaica. They also recorded for McGill Records and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, including two CD’s with invited guests, Eugene Rousseau, and The New York Saxophone Quartet. Her freelance activities included international performances with numerous ensembles, as well as backing up such artists as Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Mathis, Bobby McFerrin, Slide Hampton, and Randy Brecker among others, and performing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on Baritone Sax. Special awards include being chosen as the CBC Canadian representative for the Union of European Radio international jazz orchestra, and later, the recipient of the “Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec” which brought her to Los Angeles for a month of private studies.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Nancy graduated with her Masters degree from USC. She continues to freelance as a woodwind doubler, recording and performing with Clare Fischer (Grammy Nominated “Continuum” 2011), John Daversa, Ed Shaugnessy, Shelly Berg, Jamie Davis, Kurt Elling, David O, and for the TV show “Family Guy”. In addition she has appeared with artists such as Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, Randy Newman, Louis Bellson, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter and Keith Emerson. Nancy plays regularly in numerous local jazz bands, musicals and orchestras and has performed in Jazz Festivals in Los Angeles, Hawaii and Peru, with Buddy Childers, Lennie Niehaus, Stan Kenton Alumni and Maria Schneider. She recently performed Mark Watters’ “Rhapsody for Baritone Saxophone” with orchestra.