The Jazz Musician Intensive 2019: Creative music in creative spaces

The Jazz Musician Intensive
Fri Jun 28 10:30am
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Free and open to the public

Co-led by David Dacks (Artistic Director, The Music Gallery), Alicia Bee (Pollen; Co-Founder, It's OK*) and Said Yassin (Dudebox; Co-Founder, It's OK*), this clinic explores how to present your music differently: choosing unique venues; co-presentations and collaborations; reaching your audience and more. Mark Micklethwaite facilitates.

Jazz Musician Intensive clinics are free and open to the public. The 2019 Jazz Musician Intensive is generously supported by Long & McQuade Music Instruments, the Ken Page Memorial Trust and Victoria University.

Developing the next generation of musicians goes beyond providing performance opportunities: in order to have the best chance at future success, musicians must understand what it means, in broad terms, to be a member of the music industry – beyond mastering their instrument. An understanding of the business of music – building a brand, marketing strategy, networking, manufacturing and licensing – are vital to a musician’s long-term viability, especially given today’s rapidly changing digital and online landscapes.

The Jazz Musician Intensive seeks to support developing musicians through two streams of activity: in one, a series of daily clinics, free and open to the public, covers a variety of topics related to the wider music industry; in the other, 8 post-secondary students, selected from the four major GTA post-secondary jazz programs, rehearse daily under the guidance of a local jazz veteran, ultimately culminating in a performance on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage.

Complete information on the Jazz Musician Intensive is available here.

David Dacks is a Toronto-based advocate of creative music in all its forms. He became Artistic Director of the Music Gallery in January 2012. Prior to that David was an editor of Exclaim Magazine’s coverage of jazz, R&B, music from around the world, reggae, and experimental music. His writing has appeared in many North American publications and he worked in radio for 25 years, producing four documentaries for CBC Radio. David served on the grand jury for the Polaris Music Prize in 2011.

Alicia began her career as an art director in some pretty great agencies (john st., Taxi, Zulu Alpha Kilo) for the past five years, before making the switch to events and talent management. Daughter of a DJ, she’ll jump at the chance to tell you about how cool her dad is, his role in her love of music, and how she she learned about WuTang, The Prodigy and Nirvana at the same time, at nine years old. Since then, she’s seen over a hundred live shows and developed close ties to Toronto’s music scene.

As a founding member of Toronto’s DIY charitable party institution, Dudebox, Said has over a decade of experience throwing memorable parties in unconventional spaces. Dudebox has received press in BlogTO, The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, Thinkhouse and Toronto Life. He’s also worked with Manifesto, Small World Music and provided programming for venues across the city.

Mark Micklethwaite is a musician, educator, historian, and administrator. He is currently Administrative Coordinator for trumpeter Dave Douglas and Greenleaf Music. His work experience in the music field also includes key positions at the Banff Centre, JAZZ.FM91, and Manhattan School of Music. As an educator, Mark has developed innovative community and educational programing and facilitated relationships with schools and community groups to present many engaging events. He has developed outreach programs, music appreciation courses, and educational videoconferences for students throughout North America. As a freelance drummer for over twenty years, Mark has performed at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Egypt. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music at York University and his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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