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 Wednesday nights between 6–8 pm on May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
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.
Students at Diwan Restaurant VideoTaylor 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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