Post Bop/Modern Jazz

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

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.

Gilad Hekselman

Gilad Hekselman has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in New York since his arrival in 2004. In only a few years this native Israeli has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in the New York jazz scene including Chris Potter, Mark Turner, John Scofield, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Sam Yahel, Jeff Ballard, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks and Greg Hutchinson.

Adam Makowicz

Adam Makowicz was born in 1940 to Polish parents in Czech Silesia, and launched his professional career in 1966. A series of acclaimed performances and recordings enhanced his reputation in both Europe and the United States. In 1977 the legendary record producer John Hammond invited Adam to New York City for a 10-week engagement and to record for CBS Columbia a solo album called Adam. By that time Adam had already performed worldwide and recorded 26 albums. In 1978 Adam settled in New York City.

Christian Li Group from Berklee College of Music

The Christian Li Group plays with a dynamism that breaks down intricate structures into free-floating energy. Compositions are written for and informed by each member of the group. Their idiosyncrasies and diverse backgrounds feed a music that exists for and because of those who experience it. Members of the band are Christian Li, piano; Matthew Halpin, tenor; Zach Brown, bass; Sergio Martinez, percussion; and Roberto Giaquinto, drums.

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

Youth Jazz in the City Honour Combo A (2012)

The Youth Jazz in the City project creates opportunities for talented young jazz musicians ages 14 – 18 to rehearse, perform and study with some of the finest professional jazz musicians in Canada. Students audition from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and are selected to perform with one of two GTA Honour Combos and/or participate in a Summer Jazz Workshop for Youth. The project provides gifted young players with stepping stones towards national and international performance opportunities.

The 2012 Youth Jazz in the City Honour Combo A will be announced in May.

Sho Yamamoto Trio

The Sho Yamamoto Trio (recently renamed The Moment Jazz Trio) is a young jazz ensemble from Osaka Japan who established themselves in 2010. The members of the band are: Yamamoto Sho -Alto Sax, Takeuchi Masashi -Piano, Izumi Masahiro -Bass. Within a year they had released their first recording entitled "That's A Moment" and had begun performing at various jazz clubs in Japan. In the summer of 2011, the Moment Jazz Trio competed in the annual Sapporo City Jazz Contest and out of more than a hundred entries, were awarded the Grand Prize.

Peripheral Vision

Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical collaborators, guitarist Don Scott and bassist Michael Herring. They have assembled a synergistic musical unit designed to push the boundaries of jazz while engaging the listener with a grooving, toe-tapping immediacy.


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