Big Band Slam 2017

TD Emerging Artist
Thu Jun 29 2:00pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Each year we invite high schools from across the Greater Toronto Area to duke it out during The Big Band Slam - an afternoon of trumpet blasting, trombone sliding, sax squealing excitement - during the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. This is not a competition – no marks will be given or awards assigned – but is instead a chance to showcase some of the outstanding music being made by high school music students across the city.

Acclaimed trumpeter Jason Logue will serve as guest artist for the 2017 Big Band Slam, rehearsing with each band prior to the Slam. On the day of the Slam, Jason will act as emcee for the event, and perform with each ensemble. The bands participating in the 2017 Slam are:

  • Martingrove Collegiate Jazz Band, under the direction of Michael Davies
  • Don Mills Collegiate Jazz Band, under the direction of Cathy Whiteside
  • High Rendition Youth Jazz Band, under the direction of Carmen Gassi

Along with special guests

  • The Hart House Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ernesto Cervini

The Big Band Slam is a free, all-ages event, and is generously supported by the Ken Page Memorial Trust and The Asper Foundation.

Jason Logue is a Canadian trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He is known for his lead trumpet work with The John Macleod Jazz Orchestra, The Brian Barlow Big Band, The Carn-Davidson 9, The Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, Mike Herriot and the Off The Road Band, The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, David Clayton-Thomas, Manteca and The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra. Currently Jason is preparing for his debut Big Band recording as well as a 3rd recording for JAYLOW6. Stay Tuned.

Most recently, Jason has recorded with David Clayton-Thomas, Matt Dusk, Liala Biali and Emilie-Claire Barlow as well as playing for the Mirvish Productions of Matilda, The Book of Mormon and various others.

Currently, Jason is on the faculty at the University of Toronto, Mohawk College, The National Music Camp of Canada and is an adjudicator for Musicfest Canada. Jason is an XO/Jupiter artist.

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