Youth Jazz Showcase

TD Emerging Artist
Sat Jul 1 12:00pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Each year, Toronto Downtown Jazz brings together three groups, featuring emerging jazz artists from around the country and around the world, for two days of music, mentorship and fun. Day one, hosted by Youth Jazz Canada at Humber College, includes rehearsals, jam sessions and shared musical experiences; the Youth Jazz Showcase culminates on day two with a performance by all three groups. The 2017 Youth Jazz Showcase features the National Youth Jazz Combo (Canada), the Jason Palmer Berklee Septet under the direction of Jason Palmer (from Berklee College in Boston) and, from Israel, Canaan - a combo from Thelma Yellin School of the Arts under the direction of Yossi Regev.

The Youth Jazz Showcase is a free, all-ages event, and is generously supported by the Ken Page Memorial Trust and The Asper Foundation. Additional support for the 2017 Youth Jazz Showcase provided by Level 1 Collective. Canaan's visit is supported in part by the Consulate General of Israel and the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation.

David Hodgson, Tenor saxophone, North Vancouver, BC
David Cheon, Guitar, Kitchener, ON
Felix Fox-Pappas, Piano, Toronto, ON
Alexander Argatoff, Bass, Kelowna, BC
Keith Barstow, Drums, Napanee, ON

In the great tradition of small group jazz, the National Youth Jazz Combo provides outstanding high school aged jazz musicians with the opportunity to move their playing to a new level through rehearsal, performance and study with some of the finest professional jazz artists in the world. Directed by renowned Canadian saxophonist and composer Kirk MacDonald, the NYJC is a one-of-a-kind training program only open to Canadian youth.

Alon Roe, Alto Sax and Musical Director
Tal Kalman, Tenor Sax
Roy Twerski, Piano
Yonatan Farhi, Bass Guitar
Roni Kaspi, Drums

Canaan is an ensemble of five students from the Jazz Department at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts in Givatayim, Israel. Under the direction of Yossi Regev, Head of the Thelma Yellin Jazz Department, Canaan performs a wide range of original pieces written by the students, as well as arrangements of known Israeli artists and composers.

Canaan's visit is supported in part by the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Zachary Auslander, Guitar
Benjamin Bass, Guitar
Domi Degalle, Piano
Stefano Battaglia, Bass
Alex Weinstein, Drums
Jason Palmer, Trumpet

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its Artistic Director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

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