Bio

AMY MCCONNELL has been performing from the age of nine months when she appeared in her first television commercial. Amy continued her childhood career as one of the principals on the TfO TV series “Téléfrançais” and also performed in various professional musical theatrical productions.

Amy went on to win a scholarship to study musical theatre performance at the American Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Manhattan.  Studying acting made Amy feel (and it has had this effect on countless actors before her) that what she really wanted to do was direct.

Amy returned to Toronto to study film at Ryerson Polytechnic University and has since become an award winning film and commercial director.  Amy splits her time between her film production and music careers.

Despite her anglophone name, Amy comes from a francophone background, is fluently bilingual and frequently performs in French. Known for her beautiful voice, impeccable intonation and emotional approach, Amy’s style encompasses jazz, pop and musical theatre.

“Accomplice” is Amy’s second album with William Sperandei.  Their first album, “Stealing Genius,” was nominated for a JUNO for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2014.

WILLIAM SPERANDEI (trumpeter, pianist) is a Toronto musician, composer, arranger, and producer. His love of the trumpet began in grade school where he studied privately with Bram Smith. He continued his education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on a full scholarship and for two and a half years studied classical music and played in diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind ensemble, brass trio, and jazz ensemble, as well as leading his own jazz quintet.

At the recommendation of Wynton Marsalis, Sperandei left Canada to continue his studies at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis. During the time he lived in Louisiana, he played with some of the best of the best including Nicholas Payton, Marcus Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, Victor Goines, Charmaine Neville, and Harry Connick Jr.  In 1992, two years prior to his graduation from the UNO, he opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Rome Jazz Festival. It was during the same 1992 European tour Sperandei undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

William has played with Wynton Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Ned Gould, Brian Blade, Marcus Roberts, Paul Anka, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Ron Sexsmith, Lori Cullen, Robi Botos, Nicholas Payton and more.  As a player, William has appeared on over 100 recordings in the classical, jazz, pop, electronic and film genres and has also arranged music for dozens of artists.  He performs in two classical ensembles – The Niagara Brass, led by former tutor and internationally renowned recitalist James Tinsley, and a classical ensemble headed by Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

William recently performed as the trumpet of Louis Armstrong in the live film score for the biopic “Louis” written by Wynton Marsalis.

“Accomplice” is William’s fourth album.  In addition to the Juno-nominated “Stealing Genius,” which he released with Amy McConnell, William released two critically acclaimed solo albums:  “Bobo’s Blues” and “When I Fall In Love.”