Saxophonist, pianist and arranger Phil Dwyer has been a major force in Canadian and international jazz circles since the early 1980s. Growing up in British Columbia, the multi-instrumentalist moved to Toronto in his early 20s and quickly became a sought-after studio musician for the following two decades. In 1985, Dwyer met drummer Alan Jones in New York, starting a long-lasting collaboration, up to Let Me Tell You About My Day (2005). In 1987, the young musician joined the Hugh Fraser Quintet, helping them win the Alcan Jazz Competition and a JUNO for the album Looking Up (1988). Dwyer has collaborated and recorded with a great number of artists, including Don Thompson and Kevin Wheeler. In 2004, he created the Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts, in Vancouver.