Post Bop/Modern Jazz

Ernesto Cervini's Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron is the new chordless trio led by Ernesto Cervini. Featuring two of Canada’s finest improvisers, Luis Deniz on Alto Saxophone and Rich Brown on Electric Bass, the band plays originals from all three musicians as well as funky arrangements of standards. It’s a groovy, energetic trip! The group has been performing extensively around southern Ontario for the past 4 years, and will be recording their debut album in April of 2019, with special guest, guitarist Nir Felder from NYC.

Humber Music Project

Directors: Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald
Kyle Tarder-Stoll, Tenor Saxophone
Lucas Dubovik, Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Hucal, Piano
Ben Duff, Bass
Agneya Chikte, Drums

Itamar Borochov Quartet

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.

Sarah Thawer

Sarah Thawer is a JUNO-Award nominated drummer and recording artist based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5.

Eric St-Laurent

Born and raised in Montreal, Eric St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes. Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada.

Rebecca Hennessy

Rebecca Hennessy is a highly sought-after Toronto-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader who has been performing, recording and touring with various projects since moving to Toronto in 2003 from Vancouver Island, BC. As a leader and co-leader, Rebecca has released eight albums to date and has toured Mexico, Panama, Sri Lanka, Europe, USA and extensively in Canada. She has also performed and recorded with internationally recognized artists including Adele, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene, Feist, Ab Baars and Ken Vandermark.

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

Roni Eytan Quartet

Harmonica player Roni Eytan brings a unique sound to the instrument, approaching it with new techniques and influences coming from his Israeli roots and love for Jazz. Currently completing his studies on a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Roni has shared the stage with renowned musicians such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Miguel Zenon, Adam Cruz and Ben Street.

Roni Eytan, harmonica
Lefteris Kordis, piano
Tamir Shmerling, bass
Dor Hershkovitz, drums

Avishai Cohen (trumpet) Quartet

Acclaimed for his tone, phrasing, energy and melodic approach, Avishai Cohen has been voted a Rising Star-Trumpet in the DownBeat Critics Poll for four years. He has been a member of the prestigious SF Jazz Collective for six years, and tours the world with The 3 Cohens Sextet with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval.

North Pandemic Groove Quartet

North Pandemic Groove Quartet is Yuya Monma (guitar), Takezo Yamada (trumpet), Shunsuke Ochi (bass) and Taihei (drums). They are the winners of the 2014 Sapporo Jazz Festival, taking first place over 300 contestants. All are in their 20's and come from Hokkaido, Japan. Their main musical focus is on jazz, funk and fusion and this year they released their first CD, North Pandemic Groove.

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