Post Bop/Modern Jazz

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.

Hugh Marsh

Violinist, composer, dreamer Hugh Marsh is widely regarded as Canada's leading improvising violinist. He studied classical violin from age 5 until 20, however it was picking up the saxophone in high school that led him to exploring other musics, especially jazz, funk, and r&b. It was Marsh's father who suggested he apply his newfound love of improvisation on the saxophone to the violin and one day Hugh returned home from school to discover a Balilla amp and a DeArmond pickup for his violin in the living room.

Yoshihiro Murakawa Quartet

Performing as part of the Youth Jazz Showcase - June 28 11am-2pm at the Toronto Star Stage

Tara Kannangara

JUNO-nominated artist Tara Kannangara is a second-generation, Sri Lankan-Canadian force of nature, giving you music that is deeply personal, genre-bending and culture blending. All this, encompassed by wild trumpet melodies, searing guitar lines, lush synths, and piercing lyricism will make you turn your head and listen. Growing up in Chilliwack BC, Tara studied classical piano and voice from an early age but over the years secretly fostered an interest in alternative, pop, jazz and improvised music.

Lorne Lofsky

Born, raised and based in Toronto, Canada, jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky's career began when Oscar Peterson offered to produce his first record, It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records), in 1980. During the years that followed, Lofsky worked extensively in the Toronto area, and toured with the likes of Pat LaBarbera, and fellow guitarist Ed Bickert. Bickert and Lofsky's fruitful collaboration ran from 1983 through 1991 and produced two widely-acclaimed recordings, including the well-known 1990 Concord release This Is New.

Shai Maestro

Pianist Shai Maestro was born in Israel in 1987 and began playing classical piano at the age of 5. His first exposure to jazz music was at the age of 8, listening to Oscar Peterson’s Gershwin Songbook. He was later accepted to the Thelma – Yellin High School of Performing Arts in Givataim where he completed his studies with honors. While taking extended literature classes, Shai was one of the few students combining a major in the jazz and classical departments along with his regular studies.

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