National Youth Jazz Combo 2016

Director: Kirk MacDonald

Anson Cai, Tenor Saxophone, Toronto, ON
Carter Brodkorb, Piano, Vancouver, BC
Evan Gratham, Bass, North Vancouver, BC
Petros Anagnostakos, Drums, Toronto, ON

In the great tradition of small group jazz, Youth Jazz Canada’s National Youth Jazz Combo provides 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 talented high school musicians applied from across Canada and four outstanding players were selected to form the 2016 NYJC. Over the summer the group will rehearse and perform at a number of events including MusicFest Canada Nationals in Ottawa, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival along with venues such as the Rex Hotel, the Emmett Ray and Toronto’s newest jazz club, The Jazz Bistro. The group is excited to premiere new commissions by Canadian composers Kieran Overs, and Andre White. The group will wrap up its performance season by recording in Humber College’s state-of-the-art recording studio.

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