JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band

Jules Estrin, Musical Director

Now in its eighth year, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band provides an opportunity for exceptional middle and secondary school students to hone their skills and interact in a diverse, professional setting.

The band rehearses each Saturday at the JAZZ.FM91 studios in Liberty Village (King and Dufferin). The students receive regular workshops on improvisation, ensemble playing and jazz techniques from some of the foremost Canadian music educators and musicians.

JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band performs extensively throughtout the year. Apprearances include the TD Toronto International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Sound of Jazz Concert Series, The Rex Hotel, Lula Lounge, OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Conference), Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival, Jazz Lives, and various festivals in Southern Ontario.

Over the years the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band has performed with legendary jazz figures such as Joey DeFrancesco, PJ Perry, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, and Lew Tabackin, and recently opened for Al Jarreau at the Branford International Jazz Festival. They have also appeared with Canadian guests including Shirantha Beddage, Kelly Jefferson, Alistair Kay, Brian O’Kane, PJ Perry, Sundar Viswanathan, and Ron Westray.

They have also shared the stage with the Thelma Yellin Big Band (Tel Aviv, Israel), Jazz Ensemble I (Montreal, PQ), Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (Monterey, CA), University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and York University Jazz Orchestra.

Alumni from the group have gone onto further their studies at the Berklee College of Music, Brubeck Institute, Humber College, McGill University, New England Conservatory, University of Toronto, and McGill University.

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