The Chijazz band is a recent music initiative in Toronto that came to life so that us, the musicians, could enjoy performing and paying tribute to Greek songs and composers we grew up listening to.
At the same time, we hope to build bridges between the various, rich Greek music genres and both the Greek and non-Greek speaking community of Toronto.
Chijazz was informally formed sometime in 2015 when Irene Stubos and the Kazatzakis Association of Toronto requested from some of us to perform as part of a music tribute to the great Greek composer, Manos Hadjidakis.
In 2017, the band came together once again to perform the first part of a tribute to the Greek songs at the Greek Community of Toronto, and the Small World Music venue.
The core of the band has remained the same from the beginning, although additions were made over time as our group of friends grew.
Sofia Smyrnioudi: Piano & vocals
Ourania Bampasi: Flute & percussion
Petros Pechlivanoglou: Bouzouki & oud
Christos Koukaras: Vocals & bouzouki
George Vasileiou: Guitar & bass
Together with Chijazz currently:
Athina Malli: Vocals & percussion
George Soundoulidis: Vocals & guitar
Demetrios Petsalakis: Bouzouki, lyra, oud & guitar
Matias Recharte: Percussion