Meet the Faculty for Jazz Camp 2017
Composer Symposium/Independant Practice 2017 is offering an optional extra day. The 3-day option runs Tuesday, August 15 through Thursday, August 17, with a Monday check-in at 5:00. The traditional 2-day option checks-in on Tuesday, August 16, and runs Wednesday and Thursday. Camp proper checks in Thursday at 5:00 and runs through to Sunday, with our grand finale campers' performances.
JazzWorks Summer Workshop is a unique opportunity for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from award-winning, highly innovative Canadian jazz musicians and special guests. JazzWorks faculty will guide participants through a varied weekend of jazz master classes and workshop sessions, rehearsals and performances, highlighted by a public concert on Sunday afternoon.
Composer's Symposium Faculty:
William Carn – Trombone
Derrick Gardner – Trumpet
Yves Léveillé – Piano
Julie Michels – Voice
JazzWorks is pleased to announce William Carn as our Musical Director for 2017.
William Carn - Trombone
Trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz trombonists and composer. He has performed internationally as well as throughout Canada. His debut release, Other Stories, was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award as Traditional Jazz Album of the Year. He has also been nominated for Trombonist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards from 2004 to 2008. He has performed and recorded with international jazz artists including Rob McConnell, Randy Brecker, David Binney, Kenny Wheeler, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Murley, Tim Hagans, Barry Harris, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Vince Mendoza, Don Braden, Mike Murley, Hilario Duran, Emile-Claire Barlow, Dionne Taylor, Andrew Downing, Jim McNeely, and John Clayton.
William is a Rath Trombone Artist as well as a clinician and teacher. He is a faculty member at the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program, Humber College Music program, and the National Music Camp. As well, William has taught clinics throughout Canada for such distinguished institutions as the University of Victoria, University of Saskatewan, University of Regina, Capilano College, Grant MacEwan College, Mohawk College, as well as for the Toronto, York and Etobicoke boards of Education.
Toronto jazz critic Mark Miller once described Julie's voice as a "glorious holler" and says her duo with bassist George Koller is "one of Toronto's top jazz groups". Julie's jazz festival performances include work in Europe and the British Isles, along with Bridgeport and Glasgow festivals and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, Netherlands. Since returning to Canada and Toronto Julie has performed at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and released a vocal/ bass duo CD with George Koller. She continues to work with George Koller, has her own band, Sultra, with Kevin Barrett and Drew Berstan and is active as a performer and teacher in Toronto. Julie has an enthusiastic following of students and fans in the Ottawa area. juliemichels.com
Alex Samaras is quickly becoming one of Canada's leading vocalists in the jazz and new music scene. Alex studied vocal performance in the jazz program at the University of Toronto and at the Banff Center's Creative Music Program. Alex also spent time working in New York City with contemporary arts icon Meredith Monk and her vocal ensemble performing in concert versions of Monks work and in multi-disciplinary performances.
In the jazz world he is currently performing with his own trio covering forgotten songs from Broadway. Alex is also very proud to be the singer for "A Sondheim Jazz Project" a group he leads with his friend, and master arranger, Bobby Hsu. ASJP just released their first album which you can find here: www.sondheimjazzproject.com
Alex is also the founder and artistic director of his own 8 voice group GREX which performs new and experimental vocal works and which was featured in the Music Gallery's EMERGENTS series for up and coming artists. He can be heard on a number of recordings including Toronto bands THOMAS, Marker Starling, YerYard (with Steve McKay) and his first recording project 'ninety-two' with his experimental/folk/improv group Old Salt on PromNight Records Label. YerYard finished an album this summer and will be releasing it soon.
Alex teaches privately and has worked in schools and camps across Canada and the United States leading improvisational theater workshops and music/voice masterclasses. This coming season Alex will be teaching in the Jazz Departments. at the University of Toronto and Humber College. www.alexsamaras.com
Known for his relaxed feel and commanding sound, Lucian Gray is an virtuosic young guitarist with a deep respect for the jazz tradition.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Lucian Gray was born into a musical family. His father is one of Canada's foremost trumpet players, and his mother the head of her own music school. He started playing the piano at the age of 4. Upon entering high school, Lucian decided to pick up the guitar and played in various rock and fusion groups throughout his teens. After being introduced to the music of Wes Montgomery, he decided he wanted to be a jazz guitarist.
In 2008, Lucian was awarded the Slaight Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree of Music Performance. During his time at Berklee, Lucian studied with guitar guru Mick Goodrick.
In 2009, Lucian was awarded the Rising Young Star at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. In 2015, Lucian entered the first Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition and was one of five finalists selected to perform at the culminating concert of the competition.
Lucian is currently active in the Toronto jazz scene, performing with his own group and as a sideman, as well as teaching privately.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto,
he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years. He has played/toured or recorded
with a who's who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell,
Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted Pederson,
Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many other respected members of the international jazz community. In addition, he has been a faculty member at York University's Fine Arts/ Music program since 1978 and also teaches at the Humber College Community Music Program. Lorne is a mainstay of the Toronto jazz scene and performs extensively in the Greater Toronto Area. He has also given clinics and performed concerts at St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. lornelofsky.com
Derrick Gardner - Trumpet
Jazz trumpeter, Derrick Gardner, inspired by the finest hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960‟s, is working to extend that great tradition as a composer, arranger, performer, leader and educator. With extraordinary, creative natural talent, Derrick quickly made his mark upon arriving on the New York jazz scene in 1991. There he began a top-flight career that has taken him around the world performing internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra, (1991-present), Frank Foster‟s Loud Minority Band, Harry Connick Jr.‟s Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Swiss tenor player Roman Schwaller‟s European Sextet.
Mr. Gardner formed his own sextet, The Jazz Prophets, in 1991; it continues to be the primary vehicle of his distinctive, hard-driving music. The band‟s three-man horn line, consisting of himself, tenor sax player Rob Dixon and Derrick‟s brother, trombonist Vincent Gardner of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, has been together since the beginning. Derrick‟s recording by The Jazz Prophets, A Ride to the Other Side, marked his Owl Studios debut in the spring of 2008. Like Slim Goodie (his highly regarded first recording as a leader on his own Impact Jazz imprint in 2005) it boils with the long-standing collective‟s sheer passion for the soulful, funky jazz sound for which Cannonball Adderly and Horace Silver built solid foundations with their 1950‟s and 60‟s ensembles. The Prophets take that traditional straight ahead sound into new, invigorating territory.
For more information, visit http://www.derrickgardnermusic.com/bio/
Don Braden is a Jazz musician of the highest caliber. For over 30 years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others. He has composed music for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 19 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film, and the television networks Nickelodeon and CBS. Braden is a leading arranger of contemporary standards, and has built a solid collection of newer American songs into his Jazz repertoire.
Braden's groups have included some of the most respected musicians today; among them: bassists Christian McBride & Joris Teepe, pianists Benny Green & Darrell Grant, drummers Carl Allen, Cecil Brooks III & Billy Hart, trumpeters Tom Harrell & Randy Brecker, trombonist Steve Turre, organists Jack McDuff & Larry Goldings, and guitarist Russell Malone. Braden is also the proud recipient of a Doris Duke Foundation (in conjunction with Chamber Music America) Jazz composition grant, which funded the creation of a new work for his Octet.
Don is also a world renowned educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and most recently, the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band. He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today.
More information on Don Braden is available at www.DonBraden.com.
.…Davidson proves to be an artist with a wide emotional range, big ears, and strong communicative skills…”
Tara Davidson is a multi-JUNO Award nominated alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed around the world at such prestigious venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the International Jazz Festival in Lima, Peru, and The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C.
As a bandleader, Davidson has produced five recordings since 2004 and performed on approximately thirty recordings as a side person. Three of her five recordings as a leader have been nominated by the JUNO Awards for “Album of the Year” in both the “Traditional” and “Solo” jazz categories. Her bands as a leader have been comprised of various configurations from duo to nonet and have included such personnel as Mike Murley (saxophone), William Carn (trombone), Laila Biali (piano), Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Andrew Downing (bass and cello), David Braid (piano), and Ernesto Cervini (drums), among many others.
Davidson is an active educator. She is presently on faculty at York University, the Humber College Community Music School and the National Music Camp of Canada (Jazz Faculty).
More information on Tara Davidon is available on her website: taradavidson.ca/
Arturo Stable – Latin Percussion, Drums
"..Versatility, good taste, sense of the right volume, timing, and compositional skills are rare attributes to most contemporary percussionists. Arturo Stable has got those and much more.."
-Paquito D'Rivera 2007
The winds of change are blowing through the Latin jazz world. Increasingly, they are as fresh as they are strong, signaling the emergence of new stylistic directions for the venerable genre and the arrival of the idiom's next generation of innovators and leaders. In the vanguard of the movement's most talented young exponents is Arturo Stable, an energetic, resourceful and innovative free spirit whose broad range of talents defies easy categorization.
Stable was born in Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the island nation's most important center of culture and home of such elemental music styles as the Guajira and Son. Nurtured in a family deeply involved in the performing and visual arts and encouraged by his father Arturo Sr., a musician and a painter, it's not surprising that the youngster began his formal study of music at the age of four, taking piano and theory lessons. When the family moved to Havana, e continued his music education. He earned his first degree, in percussion, at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, the same esteemed institution that has over the decades groomed the talents of countless other celebrated Cuban musicians, among them pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Hilario Durán and saxophonist Yosvany Terry.
More information on Arturo is available at http://www.arturostable.com/
Nick Fraser – Drums
Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. He has worked with a veritable who's-who of Canadian jazz and improvised music. Nick's recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997) and Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes Are faking It (2004). Nick is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community. He is presently on faculty at the University of Toronto music department.
Highly respected for his compositions and arrangements, as well as for his numerous collaborations with some of today's most important jazzmen, pianist Yves Léveillé is on a never-ending quest for beauty within the jazz idiom seeking to articulate a musical language that is in turn lyrical, cerebral and sophisticated.
Montreal-based Yves Léveillé created his ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of his original compositions in the 1990's. Since then, he has recorded eight albums. Available on the Effendi label and ATMA-Classique, they have been very highly appreciated by critics and audiences alike. Léveillé performs in Canada, as well as in Europe, the United States and now in China. He was many times in nomination in Canada and was awarded two years in a row for the concerts of the year and recently for the best jazz album at the Opus Price (Quebec). He also received major grants leading to residencies in New York and at the famous Banff Centre.
He is the artistic director of The Productions Yves Léveillé, organism dedicated to the production and diffusion of jazz concerts.
Roland Rácz is a professional jazz musician from Hungary. He graduated from the jazz piano program at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest in 2008, going on to become a highly sought-after and versatile session player in Europe and Canada. He is proficient in jazz, pop, Latin and world music genres, and has been celebrated for his signature technique of laying down highly independent bass lines in the left hand to accompany more conventionally pianistic figures in the right. He also has a solid reputation in Hungary as a composer and arranger, having won multiple awards for his jazz compositions.
Since 2009, Roland has been a member of the renowned Hungarian world music ensemble Ghymes. He has also worked with the Budapest Jazz Orchestra, the Endre-eNerd Project (with guest artist Rob van de Wouw on trumpet), and world-renowned fusion drummer Peter Szendofi. In addition to being an avid performer and composer, he is also an experienced educator. He takes great joy in teaching piano, and has a gift for naturally conveying his love of music to his students. Some of his areas of expertise include jazz fusion, Latin music, keyboard bass, composition and arrangement for jazz combo and big band, music theory and jazz theory.
David Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and sought-after jazz artists. A critically acclaimed pianist and composer, he is well known for his work with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Mike Murley Quintet, songwriter Mark Jordan and percussionist Memo Acevedo. He has also performed and recorded with such musical luminaries as Mel Torme, Alex Acuna, Maynard Fergusson, Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert, Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Mark Whitfield, Pat LeBarbera and Gene Bertoncini.
Honored at the 1997 Jazz Report Awards as Pianist of the Year, David was voted Toronto's Best Keyboardist in Now Magazine's Best of T.O. readers' poll the following year.
He can be heard on numerous recordings, including the Grammy-winning Mel Torme/Rob McConnell collaboration Velvet and Brass, Mike Murley's Conversation Piece and Mark Jordan's This is How Men Cry as well as is own 2001 release Prayer for Humankind(ness). myspace.com/daverestivo
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