It’s been a great 2013-14 year and I am particularly looking forward to the summer edition of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band as well as all my other summertime projects. The Kincardine Summer Jazz Program is looking great for 2014! The faculty will remain the same from last year with Brian O’Kane (trumpet), Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Mike Rud (guitar), Earl MacDonald (piano) Mike Downes (bass) and Ted Warren (drums). I am also very excited to have Robert Smith (Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Central Michigan University) coming up to be our artist in residence this year featured on trumpet.
The evening concert series promises to feature another excellent group of musicians including the aforementioned Rob Smith on trumpet, vocalist Sienna Dahlen, multi-instrumentalist Drew Jureka, Sonia Gustafson and the Kincardine Jazz Faculty concert for starters! The JAZZ.FM91 YBB will also be performing on Thursday August 7th, 2014 in Victoria Park, Kincardine.
Congratulations to Kincardine Faculty members on their successes at the 2014 Juno’s! Earl MacDonald for his Juno nomination and Mike Rud (vocal jazz album of the year) and Mike Downes (contemporary jazz album).
The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program is in it’s seventh year and on Sunday June 15th, 2014 starting at 7:00pm we are celebrating the YBB program and it’s current and past members at the Lula Lounge. The current YBB will play a set with some special guests artists including Kelsley Grant and Alex Dean. Then the alumni will be invited to sit in for the rest of the night with the ” alumni house band”. It will be exciting to see the past band members and hear about their adventures since moving onto various universities and now out working in the real world!
The YBB will also be traveling down to the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival for a Sunday June 22nd, 2014 performance. This will be our second trip down to the festival and it’s was surely a big highlight of the year last time we went. Thanks John Nugent for the invitation.The students will have the opportunity to tour the prestigious Eastman School of Music during our visit.
In other exciting news I have been accepted to the University of Toronto to start my Master’s Degree in September 2014! I still plan on continuing my work with the Toronto District School Board on a part time basis during this time. I am looking forward to working on my body of knowledge in big band conducting/rehearsal techniques and all other related concepts with Gordon Foote and getting back on the trombone. See you in the summer!
Senior’s night at Hart House with the JAZZ.FM91 YBB and University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra! Doug Thrower, Jules Estrin and Gordon Foote