Band Bio

The Bright Lunch Trio is a Canadian jazz-based group made up of a singer from the prairies (Whitney Ross-Barris), a guitarist from the maritimes (Nathan Hiltz) and a bassist from the burbs (Ross MacIntyre).

Long ago, when singer, Whitney Ross-Barris flat-out lied to guitarist, Nathan Hiltz about being able to write songs, he quickly called her bluff. Six years, later as lyricist and composer, respectively, they release their first self-titled album (with the added mad skills and interpretation of bassist, Ross MacIntyre) as the Bright Lunch Trio.

Band Member Bios

Whitney Ross-Barris (vocals/lyricist):

Whitney Ross-Barris is a Canadian jazz singer, actor and songwriter who performs regularly around Toronto. In and amongst a varied career in live theatre, Whitney has released three jazz albums and has appeared as a guest singer and lyricist on two additional jazz recordings (notably, "The Art of Breath: Volume One," John MacMurchy). Her most recent self-titled album with The Bright Lunch Trio features all-original music written by herself and guitarist Nathan Hiltz.

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Nathan Hiltz (guitar/composer):

 Nathan Hiltz is a jazz guitarist based in Toronto, Canada. He was born in Nova Scotia then moved to Toronto in 1999. Since then he has recorded with such artists as Bernie Senensky, Jill Barber, Del Dako, Brand Disterheft, and Ori Dagan to name a few and even one tune with jazz icon Sheila Jordan!  Nathan performs over 200 gigs a year in Toronto and has toured extensively across Canada with Johnny Griffith, Terra Hazelton, and Melissa Lauren.  He attended Humber College (B.Mus) and later the University of Toronto (M.Mus) and has studied privately with Jim Hall, Reg Schwager, Adam Rodgers and many others. Nathan currently teaches at The Humber College of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Ross MacIntyre (bass):

Toronto based acoustic and electric bassist Ross MacIntyre is one of the most sought after professional musicians in Canada. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he graduated from the University of Toronto’s esteemed jazz program, and has since performed with elite musicians from Canada and around the world, including Matt Dusk, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Jesse Cook, Heather Bambrick, Eliana Cuevas, Elizabeth Shepherd, Kellylee Evans, the Shuffle Demons, and Michael Kaeshammer.

Ross is the bass player on over 75 recordings, 10 of which are JUNO award nominated, including 2012's Vocal Jazz Album of the Year winner "Seule Ce Soir" by Emilie-Claire Barlow. 

As a side musician, Ross has shared the stage with some of the world's greatest musicians including Peter Appleyard, Guido Basso, Hilario Duran, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Robertson, Jim Cuddy, Geoffrey Keezer, and many many more.

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