Meet the Faculty for Jazz Camp 2019
JazzWorks Summer Jazz Camp (Aug. 15-18, 2019) 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.
The Composers' Symposium (Aug. 12-15, 2019) immediately precedes Jazz Camp. A Practice Retreat option is also offered.
JazzWorks is pleased to confirm Adrian Vedady as our Musical Director for 2019.
Adrian Vedady - Musical Director/Bass/Composition
“Adrian Vedady should be considered as one of Montreal’s best double bassists. The quality of his rhythmic accompaniment, the fluidity of his phrasing, the clarity and roundness of his lines makes him one on the most important contributors at the heart of the local scene.” -Alain Brunet, La Presse, 2009.
Since 1999, Adrian Vedady has been performing, recording and touring with Montreal's very best musicians including Wray Downes, Al McLean, Andre White, Joel Miller, Mike Rud, Yannick Rieu, Francois Bourassa, Joe Sullivan, Steve Amirault, Jim Doxas, Chet Doxas, Jeff Johnston and Christine Jensen. And internationally with the likes of Marc Copland, Jean-Michel Pilc, Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Ingrid Jensen, David Binney, Sheila Jordan, Laila Biali, Azar Lawrence and Ariel Pocock. In 2014, he won a Juno award for best album with Mike Rud's Notes on Montreal project. He has produced 2 albums as a leader, the latest entitled In Three Acts, that feature his compositions. He also co-leads a group with renowned pianist, Marc Copland. Together they have performed at numerous Canadian Jazz Festivals and released an album entitled Live At Largo in 2012. Vedady has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls across Canada, the USA, Europe, Mexico, India and China.
Dezron Douglas - Bass
New York based Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, bassist Dezron Douglas has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected for his talent, virtuosity and dedication to the authenticity of the music.
Nephew of the legendary drummer and composer, Walter Bolden (Nancy Wilson), and mentored by the late saxophonist, composer, and educator Jackie Mclean, Dezron attended the Jackie McLean Institute of African American Music at the Hartt School of Music. Studying at Hartt offered him the opportunity to learn from and work with such notable jazz musicians such as Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, and of course the great Jackie McLean.
Dezron has performed and recorded with Michael Carvin, Pharaoh Sanders, Cyrus Chestnut, Louis Hayes, George Cables, Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson, Rene McLean, Al Foster, Ravi Coltrane, Billy Drummond, Steve Davis, Victor Lewis, Winard Harper, Mulgrew Miller, Lewis Nash, Kevin Mahogany, Carla Cook, Kenny Garrett, Steve Coleman, Willie Jones III, Duane Eubanks, Eric Reed, Tomasz Stanko, Vincent Herring, Papo Vazquez and The Marsalis Family.
His talent for music is not limited to the stage, or the recording studio. Acknowledging the importance of technique, as a teacher, he encourages his students to embody the music, “understanding the emotion behind the music and being able to replicate that in the song”. Dezron has taught at The Artist collective in Hartford, is currently on the faculty for NJPAC Jazz Department. He also gives workshops at various institutions in North America and abroad.
Dezron’s debut recording in 2005, “Marsalis Music Honors Michael Carvin”, produced by Branford Marsalis, featured Master drummer Michael Carvin, an experience that opened a flood gate of other recording and performing opportunities. Currently a member of Louis Hayes’ “Jazz Communicators”, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and Enrico Rava Quintet, Dezron was also a long-standing member of The Cyrus Chestnut Trio, among many other international ensembles.
His January 11, 2019 release, “Black Lion” a six-track EP is presented by a collection of like-minded – both musically and spiritually – friends and associates, who work to display the visions and perspectives of the acclaimed bassist. Featuring Stacy Dillard and Lummie Spann on saxophones, Josh Evans on trumpet, David Bryant and Willerm Delisfort on piano and organ and Jeremy “BEAN” Clemons on drums, “Black Lion” was created to give Dezron the opportunity to lead a band with a personal story -- Dezron’s vision -- no frills attached.
From the moment Dezron walks into a room, you feel his strong energy and without a word you feel it from the first note. For more information see www.dezrondouglas.com
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Sienna Dahlen - Vocals/Composition
JUNO award-winning, Quebec-based vocalist and songwriter, Sienna Dahlen has released 6 albums of original music as a leader over the past 15 years. Her collaboration with guitarist, Mike Rud (Notes on Montreal-Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, 2014) is just one of the many exciting projects to which she has contributed. Sienna is also a lyricist for, and co-leader of several high profile, Canadian jazz composers’ projects including Joel Miller’s “Dream Cassette” (East Coast Music Award 2017), Karl Jannuska’s “Streaming”, “Halfway Tree”, “Midseason” (Canada/France) and Christine Jensen’s “Under the Influence”, Orchestre National de Jazz, (OPUS winner 2018). Sienna’s current record entitled Ice Age Paradise includes nine of Canada’s finest jazz, indie pop and classical musicians with orchestral arrangements by bassist, Andrew Downing.
Sienna has toured her work extensively across Canada and Europe in addition to having given several performances in Mexico and South America. Sienna’s voice can also be heard throughout the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning animated short, The Danish Poet (Torill Kove/Kevin Dean).
In addition to performing, Sienna has taught at many universities and jazz camps in Canada and has given workshops throughout the country and around the world, including at the Performance House Jazz Camp in Silkeborg, Denmark and the Konsort Music Academy in Moscow, Russia. Sienna currently teaches jazz voice and small ensembles at McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal.
“Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm.”
(Pascal-Denis Lussier, All About Jazz)
"...(N)ous avons eu droit à cette matière riche, fruit d'une auteure-compositrice-interprète folkie, pianiste et guitariste dont la connaissance du travail harmonique propre au jazz, aussi aux musiques classique ou contemporaine, s'avère nettement supérieure à la moyenne chansonnière."
(Alain Brunet, La Presse, Montreal, CA)
To see Sienna on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iizIhllMk8o
More information about Sienna Dahlen is available at www.siennadahlen.com
Holli Ross - Vocals
For over four decades, Ottawa guitarist Roddy Ellias has been one of Canada’s most respected musicians and composers. He began his musical adventure improvising on his grandmother’s piano but soon switched to his instrument of choice, the guitar. With a life long study of jazz and classical music and a masters degree in classical composition, Ellias has devoted his musical life to combining elements, aesthetics and techniques of classical music with those of jazz. He has performed and/or recorded with a variety of jazz luminaries including Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, Marc Copland, Joel Frahm, Lonnie Smith, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler and many more.
Roddy’s trio CD, Monday’s Dream, has received high praise from some of the world’s most trusted reviewers. Here’s a bit of what they have said: “His creativity is so obvious, that it is at once both startling and inspiring …” Steve Kinigstein, Just Jazz Guitar. “A work of pensive, folky beauty ... 4 stars!” Brad Faberman, DownBeat Magazine. “Nothing was more beautiful than Ellias’ piece Too Far, which when it was done created in the crowd a silence that spoke volumes before applause did ensue.” Peter Hum, the Ottawa Citizen. “Monday's Dream is an unapologetically beautiful record, one of subtle delicacy and elegance, and alluring grace and finesse.” John Kelman, All About Jazz.
Roddy’s latest recording, Sticks and Stones, with pianist Marc Copland and bassist Adrian Vedady has already been getting stellar reviews from major publications, including a 5-star rating from James Hale (Sound Stage Xperience), a 4.5 star rating from John Kelman (All About Jazz) and inclusion on the CBC’s list of top 10 Canadian jazz recordings of 2017.
More information about Roddy is available at www.Roddyellias.com
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
Itamar Borochov - Trumpet
Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Borochov brings a unique sound with him wherever he goes. Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochovʼs search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter-composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city.
After working with such legendary artists as Curtis Fuller and Candido Camero and having served as arranger and co-producer for acclaimed world music sensation Yemen Blues, Borochov set out on his own path. His critically acclaimed debut recording Outset (2014) was included in the New York City Jazz Record’s Best of 2014 List, and his forthcoming album Boomerang was chosen as "revelation of the month" on Jazz Magazine. Audiences worldwide are falling for his enchanting sound and virtuosic expression.
Borochov has performed internationally at such prestigious venues and festivals as Lincoln Center (NY), The Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), Summer Stage at Central Park (NY), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Ethno Port Festival (Poland), Montreal Jazz Festival, Moscow Jazz Festival, and more. He has performed showcases at such important conventions as APAP, Babel Med, WOMEX, and Jazzahead!
Itamar Borochov, quickly gaining international recognition as a jazz innovator, continues his musical quest, offering on Boomerang a music that reflects a rich global landscape seen firsthand, through the jazz tradition.
“Just because this album has a jazz focus doesn’t mean his world-music background loses its place in his voice, a unique hybrid of the Middle East and Brooklyn, compelling technique and delicate lyricism… If you decide to follow, your own life can be enriched with a connection to Borochov’s music that goes beyond a mere appreciation for his virtuosity and thoughtful composition.” - DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
With an established reputation as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres. He has performed on over fifty CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.
For over thirty years Kirk MacDonald has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including Claude Ranger, Dave Young, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Walter Bishop Jr., Tom Harrell, Vic Juris, Peter Bernstein, Adam Nussbaum, Rich Perry, Kurt Elling, David Virelles, Ralph Bowen, Dick Oatts, Ben Monder, Seamus Blake, Jonathan Blake, Lorne Lofsky, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, John Taylor, Ron McClure, Jack DeJohnette, Mike Stern, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, Chris Potter, Glenn Ferris, Maria Schneider, Dave Grusin, Danilo Perez, Adam Rogers, Dennis Mackrel, Nancy Walker, Barry Romberg, Andre White, Rob Smith, Brian Dickinson, Denny Christianson, Bernie Senensky, Phil Nimmons, James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, and the Humber College Faculty Ensemble.
Over 100 performances of Kirk MacDonald’s compositions appear on 25 albums, both as leader and on recordings by other artists. Kirk has established a substantial body of original work as a saxophonist/composer over the past three decades. As a follow up to his award winning recordings Symmetry with Tom Harrell, and Vista Obscura with Harold Mabern, MacDonald released Common Ground, a double CD of his compositions arranged by Joe Sullivan for Jazz Orchestra. Silent Voices, a co-led quartet outing with renowned saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, featuring American jazz great Adam Nussbaum on drums. MacDonald’s latest recording Generations, brings him back full circle to his roots in a program of jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. Generations features three generations of musicians: the legendary pianist Harold Mabern at age 82 and MacDonald’s wonderfully talented daughter Virginia MacDonald, at age 23, on clarinet.
Kirk MacDonald has been active as an educator for over 25 years at leading Canadian jazz studies programs including McGill University (1988) and the University of Toronto (1993-2005). He also taught at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Since 2005 Kirk has held a full time professorship at the renowned music program at Humber College in Toronto, where he holds a cross appointment in the Music Degree Program and the Community Music School. In addition to his teaching at Humber College, Kirk also acts as the Artistic Director for the Youth Jazz Canada project and has directed the Greater Toronto Area Honour Combos (2009-2012) and the National Youth Honour Combo (2012-2013). The Youth Jazz Canada project also hosts a 2-week summer workshop for high school students aged 14 to 18 in Toronto (2010-2013). Kirk is in high demand as a clinician and has conducted master classes in saxophone, improvisation, and composition throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
Master Classes Conducted Internationally
Escuela de Música Creativa, Madrid Spain
Institute Valencia de art Modern, Valencia Spain
Escuela di Musica. Alicanté, Spain
Escuela di Musica. Lerida, Spain
Seoul Jazz Academy, Seoul, Korea
PaekChe Institute of the Arts Seoul,Korea
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
State University of New York, Crane Music School, Potsdam, New York
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Al McLean has resided in Montreal since 1995. He completed a Masters in Jazz Performance at McGill University in 2001, and has been on the faculty at McGill since graduation, teaching saxophone, jazz combo, and advanced improvisation. He is a sought-after freelance saxophonist, as well as an expert in saxophone design, history, and restoration. McLean draws performers and students from diverse locations around the world to perform or study in Montreal.
Al McLean is featured in over 100 short films, most of which are part of the "Jazz, Period." series by Montreal filmmaker Randy Cole. These films feature many rare and unusual saxophones restored by, and played by McLean himself. In addition to alto, tenor and soprano saxophone, he can be found performing on many C-melody, C-soprano, and even F mezzo-soprano saxophones.
McLean has been a featured artist with many ensembles, including The Joe Sullivan Big Band, l'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, and The Vic Vogel Big Band. He has recorded with the legendary saxophonist Azar Lawrence on multiple releases (Cellar Live).
Additionally, McLean has performed and recorded worldwide with countless artists, including Oliver Jones, Wray Downes, Jimmy Cobb, Jaleel Shaw, Bill Easley, Lenny White, Tyler Mitchell, Gary Smulyan, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Seamus Blake, Slide Hampton, Benito Gonzalez, Jeff Littleton and Roy McCurdy. Al McLean’s improvisations have been described as “a fluid, masterful account of the entire lineage of the saxophone”.
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.
André White – Drums
André White is a pianist, drummer, educator, and recording engineer who has been active on the Canadian jazz scene for over forty years. A full-time Associate Professor in Jazz Studies at McGill University, André teaches Jazz History, Jazz Piano, and Jazz Improvisation, and has also served as Jazz Area Chair. As pianist and on drums, he has appeared with many Canadian and American headlining musicians in Montreal and across Canada, including Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Dave Liebman, Don Thompson, Steve Grossman, Sonny Greenwich, Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne, Junior Cook, Bob Berg, Rob McConnell, Gary Bartz, Craig Handy, Kirk MacDonald, Ben Monder, Peter Bernstein and Kevin Dean.
André’s trio, with Alec Walkington on bass and David Laing on drums, has been playing together for over twenty-five years, and has served as rhythm section to many of Montreal’s important bands, including quintets led by Kevin Dean and Reno De Stephano, and the big band of Joe Sullivan. His most recent CD as a drummer, Code White, is available at CD Baby, as is his piano CD, Luck. In addition, White is featured as drummer and composer on the new P. J. Perry CD Ubiquitous, recorded live in Vancouver, on Cellar Live Records.
Jean-Michel Pilc - Piano/Composition
Born in 1960 in Paris, self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff, Richard Bona etc. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte, as his musical director and pianist, and has performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman.
Jean-Michel is also a virtuoso whistler, as documented on a solo piano & whistle track in the CD Christmas from the Blue Note (2010, Half Note). Always a busy performer, Jean-Michel has been very active in 2013-2016 as a leader, performing mainly solo and trio, and touring across Japan, Taiwan, Europe, USA and Canada. In high demand as a coleader and sideman, he has participated in numerous projects over the world and recorded more than 10 CDs. Among these projects and recordings: duos with Kenny Werner, Sam Newsome, Sylvain Luc and the legendary Martial Solal, trio with Thomas Bramerie & André Ceccarelli Twenty, guitarist Teriver Cheung Hong Kong Episodes, Greek bass player Petros Klampanis Contextual, NYC drummer Tony Moreno Short Stories, Moutin Reunion Quintet Deep, Brazilian guitarist Fabio Gouvea, Dutch bassist Jasper Somsen, Danish bassist Mads Vinding, and many others.
Jean-Michel has also built a strong international reputation as a very unique educator. Between 2006 and 2015, he was a NYU Steinhardt faculty member, giving private lessons (piano and other instruments), working with ensemble classes and presenting improvisation workshops. In 2010, he was Co-Director of NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop and has also taught for the New School in NYC, as well as privately. His critically acclaimed educational publications include a book, “It's About Music - The Art and Heart of Improvisation” (Glen Lyon) and 2 videos - an educational video for all instruments, “True Jazz Improvisation” (JazzHeaven), and also “Transcending the Instrument (JazzHeaven) , about piano playing and practicing. of jazz education.
Jean-Michel is currently Jazz Area Chair at The Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, where he teaches jazz, piano, and improvisation (all instruments) and continues to develop and release pedagogical materials.
Kate Wyatt - Piano
Montreal pianist Kate Wyatt is one of the top tier jazz musicians in the Montreal area. A veteran of many festivals and jazz clubs nationally and internationally, Kate has been invited to perform with many recognized and respected musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, Yanick Rieu, Christine Jensen, Joe Sullivan, Dave Turner, Barry Elms and Don Thompson. Kate has a multitude of recordings under her belt, both as a leader and “sideman”, including jazz albums, pop projects and also music for film and television. Her passion is for improvisation and innovation, and she strives for a high level of sensitivity and interaction in her performances. Kate currently leads her own original music projects, as well as being part of the Adrian Vedady quartet, the Dave Turner Quartet and Kim Zombik’s Intimate Sky Project.
Kate Wyatt is a passionate music educator. She is on faculty teaching jazz piano at Marianopolis College and has been working as part of the Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens Amateurs du Canada (CAMMAC) teaching team for over 10 years.
Steve Boudreau - Piano
Steve Boudreau is an Ottawa-based pianist who specializes in jazz and popular music. He currently teaches piano privately and as part of Carleton University's Music Performance program. He also works frequently as a vocal accompanist in many genres. In 2010 he received a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has toured North America with multiple musical productions and has performed as both leader and sideman at various Canadian jazz festivals. His current projects include original music for piano trio, collaborative original works for piano and voice, and getting deeper into the music of Oscar Peterson, Wayne Shorter, Northern India and Björk.
Chad Linsley - Piano
Chad has performed with many of Montreal’s finest musicians including Grammy award winner Jennifer Gasoi, Juno award winners Lorraine Klaasen and the legendary Ranee Lee, Félix award winner Natalie Choquette, and flautist Carolyn Christie of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He can also be heard on Mike Rud’s Notes On Montreal with vocalist Sienna Dahlen, winner of the 2014 Juno award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. As an accomplished arranger, he has done well over a hundred arrangements for Musicnotes.com, the world’s largest e-commerce sheet music retailer and publisher. His work as an educator has earned him a teaching award from McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Chad has studied with Angie Tysseland, Tania Miller, Gordon Foote, Jan Jarczyk, Tilden Webb, Wray Downes, André White, and Tom Plaunt.
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