Jazz Performance and Education Centre

JPEC Launches Student Jazz Series at the Aga Khan Museum’s Diwan Restaurant

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Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) is stepping up its commitment to jazz education with a student concert series at the Aga Khan Museum’s Diwan Restaurant. The musicians will perform:
Aug 11 - Brunch, 12:30 pm till 2:30pm
Aug 14 - Dinner, 6:00pm till 8:00pm
Aug 17 - Brunch, 12:30pm till 2:30pm
Aug 21 - Dinner, 6:00pm till 8:00pm

Four different student jazz groups, from Humber College, Mohawk Colllege, York University and University of Toronto Jazz programs, have been organized by JPEC. They are comprised of 4 trios, each with saxophone, guitar, and bass.

These curated trios (see below) will perform amid Diwan's unique ambience, blending 18th-century decorative art and contemporary design. Guests will enjoy global cuisine and free admission to the Museum's Permanent Collection and special exhibition, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time on these evenings.

"One of the biggest problems jazz students face today is a lack of opportunity to pursue a music career," says Ray Koskie, JPEC's President. "As we move into our second decade, we promise to continue our mandate of 'Performance and Education', with an emphasis of increasing possibilities for students to learn, experience and perform. More opportunity for student artists, means that diversity and excellence can flourish and continue to grow in Canada’s jazz scene."

This new community partnership follows JPEC's sold-out Anniversary Tribute to Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond last Fall at the Museum.

JPEC is a not-for-profit charitable organization that, since 2008, has presented concerts and events, and organized outreach workshops in schools in high-needs and/or at-risk neighbourhoods in the GTA. It was founded by lawyer, Ray Koskie and teacher/artist, Rochelle Koskie.

Diwan Restaurant's fine dining from Executive Chef Mark McEwan offers an innovative menu inspired by Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian cuisines. The Aga Khan Museum celebrates cross-cultural dialogue through the arts, serving as a catalyst for intercultural dialogue.

Diwan Restaurant Wednesday night jazz student, David Cruz, thanks JPEC

Hi Rochelle and Ray;

On behalf of myself, Kyle and Matt thank you so much for having us.
You both go so far out of your way to support live music in this city at a stage where I believe the most support is needed. You also make all the musicians who play your event feel respected and taken care of. That kind of thing goes a long way! You're offering to cover our Uber home tonight is one of many examples of that, and I can’t thank you enough.

All the best and I hope to be back soon.

David Cruz

Students at Diwan Restaurant Video

Taylor Maslin - Clarinet
Ben Maclean - Guitar
Ben Duff - Bass
All from Humber College who wowed the guests at the Diwan Restaurant on June 12, 2019.
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Blue Note’s 80th anniversary (Jazz Journal)

Mark Gilbert

Sonny Clark and Alfred Lion

Alfred Lion is intrigued by Sonny Clark's piano playing, 23 August 1957. Photo courtesy Blue Note

The Blue Note label, home to some of the most original jazz of the 1960s, with works by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson among them, marks its 80th birthday this year.

Founder Alfred Lion, a German immigrant, made his first record session in New York on 6 January 1939, committing to wax the boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis after being inspired by their performance at John Hammond’s Spirituals to Swing concert the previous December. The label went on to make landmark recordings across the stylistic spectrum of jazz (and to some listeners’ ears, well beyond it). Other among its outstanding jazz practitioners were Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver (who gave his opinions on various records to Jazz Journal in 1969), Art Blakey, Sonny Clark, Jimmy Smith, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor.

The label was relaunched by Bruce Lundvall in 1984, and since 2012 has been run by Don Was, under whom, it is claimed, it “has remained the leading label dedicated to documenting today’s vibrant and creatively thriving jazz scene”.

Blue Note says it will mark its 80th birthday with vinyl reissues, the Blue Note Review boxset subscription series, a documentary film, live events, branded clothing, prints of classic Blue Note imagery, streaming and more.

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