Summer 2014!

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).


Kincardine Faculty at the Juno’s 2014


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!

YBB with Alex Dean at the Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014

YBB with Alex Dean at the Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014

 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.


Jules Estrin and John Nugent at the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival 2012!

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

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Year in Review and beyond!

It’s been a while since I have had the opportunity to sit down and update the site. What a great year professionally this has been! Lots of exciting stuff going on! I’ll start with an update on the Kincardine Summer Jazz Program in August 2013. The camp manages to attract a world class faculty and has an incredible concert series. It was such a pleasure to have Ralph Bowen up from New York to play with the faculty this year which included: Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Brian O’Kane (trumpet), Ted Warren (drums), Mike Downes (bass), Earl MacDonald (piano) and Mike Rud (guitar). We also had the pleasure of having Heather Bambrick perform. It was an evening of fantastic music and great stories. The kids that attended camp had a great time and all played a great concert on Friday night in Victoria Park. The 2013 edition of the JAZZFM91 Youth Big Band also performed in Kincardine this year with special guests from the faculty filling a couple of holes!



In September we auditioned the 2014 JAZZFM91 Youth Big Band. It is a great group again this year with tons of talented kids and dedicated parents! We were really rushed to prepare for our first performance of the year with Joey DeFrancesco in November. He came from Phoenix Arizona to spend the weekend with the kids and play a concert at the Old Mill which will be broadcast in the new year. He is a great guy and was really inspirational for the kids to work with! Such a great opportunity for the kids! Thanks JAZZFM91!


I am planning on applying to the Master’s program at University of Toronto for the fall of 2014. Thanks to Gordon Foote and Terry Promane for helping me make this opportunity possible. I have never been a great student….odd that I am in my fourteenth year of teaching for the Toronto District School Board. I am looking forward to getting back on the horn on a regular basis and being inspired by all the young guys and girls that are working hard at the music. I think it’s really exciting time to be in the music faculty at U of T!

Tons of exciting performances coming up in the New Year! Please check the calendar for dates!

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March 2013!

It has been a really exciting week having saxophonist Tom Scott up from Los Angeles, California to work with the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band!  Tom was fantastic and the kids  put on a great show at The Old Mill last Monday night.  One of the best all round performances in four years! 

I am looking forward to taking the JAZZ.FM91 Youth BIg Band up to York University to perform in their wonderful Tribute Communities Recital Hall.  The kids will have the opportunity to play with Ron Westray (trombone) and Sundar Viswanathan (saxophone) as special guests with the group.  This concert was certainly one of the highlights of our year last season.  Thanks to Mike Cado for making all the arrangements and making this happen!

Excited to play at the Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill with Brian Dickinson and Duncan Hopkins on Saturday night!  Thanks Robyn for a great poster!

Jules Estrin Trio - 11x17

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