NewsKathryn Moses Passing
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Kathryn Moses, the award-winning flautist, saxophonist, vocalist, bandleader and composer who was part of the Toronto jazz and folk scenes since the 1970's.
JPEC offers their sincere condolences.
JPEC announces Jazz Goes To The Vaccination Clinic
A supportive initiative bringing live jazz music to vaccination centres.
TORONTO, May 26, 2021 — The Jazz Performance and Education Centre(JPEC), is proud to announce "JAZZING UP THE JAB"; a supportive initiative bringing live jazz music to vaccination centres while administering COVID-19 vaccines, launched on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 12 noon at Sunnybrook Hospital, featuring:
- Eddie Bullen (Keyboards)
- Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo (congas and bongos)
- Andrew Stewart (Bass)
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This initiative is borne of a love of Jazz and community:
- Vaccination is our best defence against virus spread
- Let live music boost your mood while you boost your immune system
- Minimize stress while you wait before and after your jab
- Share the magic of music with Health Care Workers who tirelessly administer the vaccines
Co-founder and President of JPEC, Raymond Koskie, says "We are pleased to serve the community and those being vaccinated and to encourage others to get the jab, while we continue support of our valued Jazz musicians."
"It [music] can calm us down and pump us up...manage pain and sleep better and be more productive." (Alex Doman)
For further information, please contact:
President, Jazz Performance and Education Centre
Jazz Goes to the Office
We are thrilled to announce a new and exciting live-streaming program in support of both our valued Jazz musicians and at-home employees! The program will bring virtual teams closer as a nod to their dedication during these challenging times and support Toronto's valued Jazz musicians, by live-streaming Jazz music from the Aga Khan Museum to employees' homes - enhanced by optional home delivered light snacks and beverages.
Stay tuned for more information.
"Rebooting the Jazz Audience"
JPEC is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Rochelle Koskie Jazz Student Scholarship Awards.
And the winners are... Link
Rochelle Koskie Jazz Student Scholarship.
One student from each of the four Ontario Jazz Colleges - : Mohawk, Humber, York, U of T- will be awarded $2,500. Deadline November 20/20.
This Award of $2,500 is for the most viable solution of attracting and sustaining the interests of a broader jazz audience, with a focus on a younger demographic.
The Applicant must be enrolled as a student in one of Ontario's Jazz Colleges at the time of application.
Suggested factors, among others, to be considered in preparing a proposal should include:
8 Types of Jazz should be considered:
- Swing - Jazz Fusion
- Big Band - Ragtime
- Afro-Cuban - Smooth Jazz
- Bebop/Jazz Funk
- Dixieland/Electronic Jazz
- Free Jazz/Hip-Hop
- Latin Jazz - Other?
Applicants will be judged by a panel of professionals involved in all aspects of jazz.
Applications for 2020 are now closed.
Andrew McAnsh - new JPEC Board Director
Andrew comes with a rich background of experience and love of Jazz and music. An award-winning trumpeter/composer/educator and recent masters graduate of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, composer/bandleader, producer, teacher, with over 15 years of international experience...
His love of Jazz began at 12, upon his first exposure to the sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Now an established professional musician with his own inventive, contemporary style, he still pays homage to the contributions of these two artists, as his greatest personal influences. Performing and studying with notable artists including Esperanza Spalding, Barry Harris, Danilo Pérez, and Sean Jones. He has performed at major international festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and many others.
We invite you to "meet" Andrew by watching and listening to his Graduate Thesis 'Music Of The Great Lakes: A Songbook For The Canadian Indigenous' filmed at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. This presentation of a 5-part suite supported and inspired by Canadian Indigenous history and the work of indigenous Canadian artist Norval Morriseau. This suite explores the music of each lake as it hosts different tribes including Chippewa/Ojibwe, Cree, Dakota/Sioux, Huron, Iroquois. You can watch it via YouTube.
Canadian Teacher Magazine, Summer Edition
Online Music Programs
The Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) develops music programs for kids.
JPEC goes into schools and delivers workshops for students K to 12, especially in schools that have little or no music programs. Now, because of COVID 19, JPEC has launched a series of on-line workshops to help teachers and parents offer another resource to students in K to grade 5. Called KidsBeat, the series starts with workshops called Drumming with Mr. Chris. jazzcentre.ca.
Video: Peterson Meets Webster
On December 14, 1972, Oscar Peterson was in Hanover, Germany, on a TV show called NDR Jazz Workshop. So was tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. They were joined by Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (b) and Tony Inzalaco(d).
Here they are, in colour no less.
JazzWax tracks: You'll find a CD and DVD set of the performance here.
Paul Desmond: The Complete 1975 Toronto Recordings
After all these years, I'm still not exactly sure why the sound of Paul Desmond's alto saxophone is so hypnotizing. Part of the reason, I suspect, is he played high on the instrument's register, and for some reason the ear favours that range. Another is that he was a wizard of lyrical improvisation, inventing new melodies that rivalled the song's original. A third is that his tone was impossibly pretty, again, hitting the ear just right. But I think there's a fourth reason. He's one of those players—like Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Stan Getz and Bill Evans among others—who loved hearing himself play. And self-joy makes a difference. Link
Article: Paul Desmond and the Canadians, by Thomas Cunniffe Link
Lenny Breau: 7-String Swing
In August 1982, jazz guitarist Lenny Breau was in Nashville to record, of all things, a country album — Swingin' on a Seven-String (Art of Life Records). Or rather, a jazz album of country songs with Western Swing sensibilities. For the studio session, Breau played a seven-string guitar and a six-string electric guitar. He was backed by the legendary Buddy Emmons on pedal-steel guitar, Jim Ferguson on bass and Kenny Malone on drums. Link
Mark Myers - The Sound that Seduced the World
Come on, let's fly down to Rio de Janeiro. Between 1956 and 1963, the bossa nova emerged from the small clubs in Copacabana and flourished worldwide. Then came the Brazilian military coup in April 1964, which ended one of modern music's most potent and sensual genres. Several of the bossa nova's most important composers left the country for the U.S., including Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendes. Those who remained found an apprehensive, frightened country for whom the gentle, charming bossa nova no longer made sense. The military regime would remain in power until 1985. Link
Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd: The Great Guitars
The "Great Guitars" were a thrill to watch and listen to when they performed in our great Jazz City. Rochelle and I were privileged to experience all 3 individually in our club days. In fact, Herb Ellis often stayed at our home when he performed at venues like Bourbon Street, Town Tavern and East 85th Street. Link
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