About Us

Sidecar78 Makes the Music that Makes the Day.

Sophisticated, swinging, soulful, sassy: Sidecar78 is a Toronto-based saxophone quartet with a songbook containing everything from jazz and ragtime to classical and contemporary standards. 

Equally at home in a concert series, wedding or private party, Sidecar78 programs audience favourites in arrangements that showcase the outstanding musicianship of the ensemble.

The members of Sidecar78 - three retired music teachers and a record company executive - have shared their enthusiasm for the unique and cosmopolitan sound of the saxophone since establishing the quartet in 2016.

Sidecar78 is Norman Miller (soprano saxophone), Mike Lewis (alto saxophone), Jeff Densham (tenor saxophone) and Grazciano Brescacin (baritone saxophone).  

Norman Miller

Sidecar78 - Norman Miller

Soprano Sax

Norman completed a music degree at the University of Alberta, then studied saxophone with Paul Brodie before shelving his horns to focus on a rewarding 35-year career with CBS Records and Sony BMG Music. His work with a variety of superstars including Glenn Gould, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. was a great source of inspiration.

In retirement, Norman dusted off his horns and embarked on a lifelong dream to play a little jazz. He now leads Sidecar78, plays with Danny’s 7 & 11, Intuitive Innovations, and is a regular guest of Swing Shift, The George Lake Big Band and The Advocats. 

Mike Lewis

Sidecar78 - Mike Lewis

Alto Sax

Mike Lewis is a man of many talents. Born in Philadelphia but raised in Toronto he studied Jazz performance at Humber College and York University. Mike also attended the University of Toronto where he received a Diploma in Technological Education and a Bachelor of Education.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Mike plays saxophone, clarinet and flute. His musical depth and versatility have made him a valued member of the Toronto music scene where his tasteful and exciting playing has graced such bands as The Bob Cary Orchestra, Swing Shift, Danny’s 11 and the Advocats Big Band.

Jeff Densham

Sidecar78 - Jeff Densham

Tenor Sax

Jeffrey Densham is a woodwind doubler who is returning to performing after retiring from a 30 year career as a music educator. While studying music at Humber College he had the opportunity to perform under the direction of Bramwell Smith Jr., Ron Collier and Paul Read.

Jeffrey has performed in many symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, bands and ensembles highlighted by The Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, The Canadian Tribute to Glenn Miller, The Hill Chamber Players and, most recently, Flute Street.

Graziano Brescacin

Sidecar78 - Graziano Brescacin

Baritone Sax

Graz Brescacin completed a B.Mus (Honours) degree in performance at the University of Ottawa and later continued his studies at Humber College. He has been a freelance woodwind specialist since 1970 playing in various theatres in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and for the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

He has played in orchestras backing star performers including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Rich Little, Jack Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Petula Clark, and others.

Captain Brescacin retired from the Canadian Forces in 2014 having completed a 42 year career as a military musician playing flute, clarinet and saxophone. He was the Director of Music for the 7th Toronto Regiment Artillery Band from 1995 to 2014.

In civilian life Graz taught band, strings, choir and keyboard classes for the Toronto Catholic District School Board from 1981 to 2005. From 2005 to 2015 he was the school board's Instrumental Music Resource Teacher where he was responsible for all instrumental music programs in the 200 Elementary and Secondary schools. He has been the Pit Orchestra Conductor for a number of TCDSB Staff Arts Musical Productions since 2010.

Graz continues to be in demand as a guest conductor, performer, clinician, and adjudicator.