Jazz Performance and Education Centre

2010 - 2011 Season Events

Ingrid & Christine Jensen Quintet

Jensen Sisters
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

Acclaimed Canadian sisters and musicians Ingrid (trumpet) and Christine (alto sax) Jensen have assembled an all-star quintet to perform an evening of high-energy original jazz composition.

Juno Award winning Ingrid Jensen is a Berklee College and a member of the Grammy Award winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, two of jazz’s most important big bands. She has performed with some of the most important names in contemporary jazz and conducts master classes, clinics, and workshops around the world.

Christine Jensen is an adjudicator, clinician and instructor at McGill University and has traveled around the world performing and leading master classes. She has released three albums under her name on the Effendi label and has earned a reputation as an outstanding composer, a skill she demonstrates especially when leading her Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra.

On Being a Jazz Vocalist

Sunday, March 14, 2010, 2 pm
With Heather Bambrick, jazz vocalist and Jazz.FM91 personality

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick will examine the role of the vocalist in jazz including:
the fusion of styles within the genre
influences over the years
making a tune your own
Jazz Singing 101 - the fundamentals

Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio

Rose Winkel
Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

Kurt Rosenwinkel is acclaimed as one of the leading lights of the next generation of jazz artists. A Verve recording artist, he has performed with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz including Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade and Brad Mehldau, has released four albums under his own name and is currently working on his fifth.

A tenured professor at the Jazz Institute of Berlin, Kurt Rosenwinkel received formal training at Berklee College of Music in Boston and later apprenticed with Gary Burton and Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band. Tonight’s performance features Eric Revis on bass and Rodney Green on drums.

A History of Jazz in Toronto

Sunday, March 28, 2010, 2 pm
With Dr. Andrew Scott, acclaimed jazz guitarist and former Managing Editor, CODA Magazine

Dr. Andrew Scott takes us on a journey through the rich history of jazz in Toronto.

Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes

Bill Charlap Renee Rosnes
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

This special concert features the acclaimed husband and wife duo of pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes (two pianos, four hands).

Bill Charlap is a Grammy Award nominated Blue Note recording artist. He was a regular in Gerry Mulligan’s band and is a frequent guest of the Phil Woods Quintet; for the last three years, he has been the Artistic Director of Jazz In July, a six-concert series at the 92nd Street Y's Tisch Center for the Arts. Renee Rosnes is a four-time Juno Award winner and a Blue Note recording artist with nine albums under her name. She has been the pianist for Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and JJ Johnson, among others, and is a founding member of the SF Jazz Collective.

Gala 2010

Gala 2010
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The Jazz Performance and Education Centre presented its second annual Jazz Gala. The evening, a tribute to the Honourable Warren K. Winkler, Chief Justice of Ontario, introduced the new 19-piece JPEC Jazz Orchestra, featuring some of Canada’s top jazz artists, award winners and educators – a veritable who's who among jazz musicians.

The evening’s featured soloist, jazz diva Ranee Lee, O.C., enjoys a successful career as one of Canada's most popular jazz vocalists and recording artists - an award winning songwriter, educator, actress and children's book author. Emerging jazz artists, many of whom study with JPEC Jazz Orchestra members, performed throughout the evening in the lobby thus merging jazz educators, performers and students for one stellar evening.

Gala 2010

2010-11 Concert Series

Fred Hersch and Norma Winstone
Lee Konitz with Brian Dickinson Trio
Robert Glasper Experiment
TASA with Hugh Marsh
Seamus Blake Quartet

Fred Hersch with Norma Winstone

Fred Hersch Norma Winstone
Saturday, November 27, 2010, 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

Two Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed musicians in one night: pianist Fred Hersch performs a solo set and is then joined by vocalist Norma Winstone. Each musician has performed with the top names on the international jazz scene and each has made what are recognized as some of the most important contributions to the jazz idiom.

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has been called a "one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation" by Downbeat and has earned a place among the foremost jazz artists in the world today. From the late 70's onward as a sideman to jazz legends including Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, he has solidified a reputation as a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer and conceptualist. He is widely recognized for his ability to steadfastly create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire - investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique. Whether unaccompanied, in duo, working with trios and quintets, Hersch has explored the jazz tradition to its fullest even as he opens new and undiscovered doors. Hersch's numerous accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. He has appeared on over one hundred recordings, including more than two-dozen albums as bandleader/solo pianist.

Some say her voice defines an entire era of British and European Jazz. One ecstatic reviewer described it as, “both sumptuous and airily ethereal at once…” and since emerging on the London jazz scene in 1966, Norma Winstone has worked with many of the biggest names in Britain and Europe. Norma recorded five albums for ECM with Azimuth, and her own ECM album, Somewhere Called Home is widely considered to be a classic. Integral to Kenny Wheeler’s big band, her amazing voice enhances Music for Large and Small Ensembles. A gifted lyricist, Norma has written for many of the greats; her lyrics for Jimmy Rowles have been recorded by singers as diverse as Tierney Sutton and The Swingle Singers. She has earned Best Jazz Vocalist in the Melody Maker Poll, three nominations for the BBC Jazz Awards, an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and the Skoda Jazz Ahead Award for her contribution to European Jazz. Norma's trio (with pianist Glauco Venier and saxophonist/bass clarinetist Klaus Gesing) recording Distances garnered 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat Magazine, was named top Jazz Vocal CD from Academie Du Jazz in France and received a Grammy nomination as Jazz Vocal CD of 2008. Their latest ECM recording will be released this fall.

For more information on Fred Hersch please visit www.fredhersch.com.
For more information on Norman Winstone please visit www.normawinstone.com.

Lee Konitz and The Brian Dickinson Trio

Lee Konitz
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

Discover the New Wave in Modern Jazz Artistry:
JPEC Presents the Critically Acclaimed Robert Glasper Experiment

Robert Glasper
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

Tasa with Hugh Marsh

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8 pm
Glenn Gould Studio

Tasa update: April 29, 2011
Now with Kevin Turcotte on trumpet and vocalist Samidha Joglekar.

Kevin Turcotte has been one of the country's busiest trumpet players for over two decades. He has played on over 100 recordings.

Born and raised in Canada, Samidha Joglecar studied Indian classical vocal music in Mumbai on a scholarship from the Ontario Arts Council. She has a deep appreciation for Hindustani vocal music and has studied with many Indian master vocalists.

Tasa is a world-music ensemble that performs original music inspired by the traditions of India and the many cultures that co-exist in Canada. Founder, tabla player and composer Ravi Naimpally is joined by Alan Hetherington (percussion), John Gzowski (guitar)and Chris Gartner (bass). Special guest is none other than renowned violinist Hugh Marsh. Catch this award winning world-music combo.

Seamus Blake Quartet

Seamus Blake
Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8 pm

Join us on June 5, 2011 for England-born, Vancouver-raised and New York-based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake, who has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting players on the contemporary jazz scene.

His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and sheer swagger. He has performed in North America and in Europe with top international musicians and frequently explores new sounds for the saxophone. Seamus Blake will be joined by a trio of outstanding Toronto musicians: Dave Restivo on piano, Jim Vivian on bass and Ted Warren on drums.