The National Youth Jazz Combo

2014 National Youth Jazz Combo
Director: Kirk MacDonald

Harrison Argatoff (Kelowna), tenor sax
Zachary Stuckey (Mississauga), guitar
Ben Heard (Ottawa), bass
Daniel Guerrette (Toronto), drums

In the great tradition of small group jazz, Youth Jazz Canada’s National Youth Jazz Combo provides 4 - 7 outstanding young jazz musicians with the opportunity to rehearse, perform and study with some of the finest professional jazz artists in Canada. This past spring over 40 talented high school musicians applied from across Canada and four outstanding players were selected to form the 2014 NYJC. Over the summer the group will rehearse and perform at a number of events including MusicFest Canada Nationals in Vancouver, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival, and venues such as the Rex Hotel and Toronto’s newest jazz club, The Jazz Bistro. The NYJC will also premiere two new compositions written by Canadian composers Brian Dickinson and Geoff Young. At the end of the season, the group will record in Humber College’s state-of-the-art recording studio.

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