In 1976 she moved to Toronto, where she has played with both traditional ensembles (eg, with Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band, the Swing Sisters, and Paul Grosney's Kansas City Local) and contemporary groups. The tenor and soprano saxophones have been Fair's primary instruments; her idiomatic versatility and her melodic strength as a soloist are greatly admired.
Fair has appeared in the USA at women's jazz events, including the Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival in 1980, and has led bands at George's Spaghetti House and other Toronto clubs. With the flutist and soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett (a former Fair pupil), the pianist Jill Hoople, and others, she led the Ladies of Jazz 1986-9; with Bunnett and others she established Music in Monk Time, a band devoted to the compositions of Thelonious Monk, in 1988.
Her own compositions include incidental music for the films Passages (NFB 1978) and Taking Care (1987) as well as several jazz themes. She has taught saxophone privately, specializing in adult beginners. Fair is married to the jazz pianist and teacher Frank Falco.
Jane Fair Jazz Quintet. Fair soprano saxophone, Mahoney guitar, Hurley double-bass, Lapp piano, Drouin drums. 1975. RC1 441
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