Post Bop/Modern Jazz

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.

The National Youth Jazz Combo 2015

Director: Kirk MacDonald

Matt Lagan, Tenor Saxophone, Toronto, ON
Noah Franche-Nolan, Piano, Vancouver, BC
Evan Gratham, Bass, North Vancouver, BC
Teo Srnic, Drums, Toronto, ON

Kobi Hass Quartet

Kobi Hass is an electric and upright bass player. In 2010 Kobi relocated with his family from Tel Aviv to Toronto where he now resides and performs. As a young man Kobi started performing as a professional electric bass player in various bands and groups, playing a wide range of music styles from jazz through Israeli folk music to rock, in countries including included Israel, USA, England, Germany, Austria, France, and Soviet Union. At the same time Kobi performed as double bass player in major musical and theatrical shows.

Guy Mintus Trio

Guy Mintus, 22 years old Israeli born pianist, composer and arranger, is a recent recipient of the 'Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award' by ASCAP and of two 'Down Beat Magazine Student Awards' for Outstanding Jazz Performance and Arrangement.

Anat Cohen Quartet

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North Sea Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . .

Alex Goodman

Winner of first prize and the Public's Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as "a definite musical voice" (Guitar International), and as a player of “fluid lyricism” (Downbeat), “dazzling improvisational dexterity and engagingly smart composition (New York City Jazz Record). His quintet LP Bridges, released in 2011, was nominated for a Juno Award, Canada’s top recording honor, as the year’s best contemporary jazz album.

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