Meet the Faculty for Jazz Camp 2018
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) immediately precedes Jazz Camp. An Independent Practice 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.
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
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
1. (long) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUR8GhpS5bc
2. (short) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR_TFxHzJmY
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
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.
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.
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.
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