Post Bop/Modern Jazz

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

Larnell Lewis

Larnell Lewis is a Grammy Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. Based in Toronto, has established himself among the most diverse and in-demand drummers in the world.

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.

In the Current Jazz Ensemble

The In the Current Jazz Ensemble is a new group intended to showcase original compositions for a unique configuration of instrumentalists. The ensemble was first formed to perform a suite written by Mike Downes as part of his master’s thesis in composition at York University. The group generated much interest in its mere two public performances. With the help of a Toronto Arts Council grant, Mike recently composed new material and is eager to present the group as a professional entity.

Mike Downes (bass/composer/leader)
Colleen Allen (woodwinds)
Kelly Jefferson (saxes)

Justin Gray

Justin Gray is a rising star acoustic and electric bass player, composer and band leader in the international music scene. His main influences include jazz, North Indian classical and contemporary music.

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