Workshops-Masterclasses, Jazz Education

2014/2015 Season

Our esteemed LEGENDS OF JAZZ workshops, master classes  and associated outreach programmes continued to garner respect throughout the year, highlighting the Trust’s commitment to the  all important ἀeld of jazz education.

At the University of Toronto, the Ken Page  Memorial Trust Master Class Series entered its ἀfteenth year of weekly clinics in the Faculty of Music’s jazz-dedicated home at 90 Wellesley Street, where the now well-established Jazz  Studies Programme continued under the leader-ship of Terry Promane and full-time tutors Chase Sanborn, Jim Lewis and Mike Murley. Moderated once again by accomplished jazz trumpeter, author and teacher, Chase Sanborn, the winter and spring sessions offered an in-depth mix of ever-popular topics relating to the expectations of today’s rising young jazz musicians and the music business in general. Continuing collaboration with The Rex frequently enabled a second performing opportunity for visiting clinicians, allowing them the beneἀt of additional Toronto exposure.

Joining the Faculty for the 2014/2015 season as Visiting Adjunct Professor, legendary saxophonist, composer and educator, Dave Liebman presented the ἀrst of four master classes spread over the win-ter and spring terms. Thereafter, with emphasis on Canadian talent, the featured clinicians included guitarist David Occhipinti with drummer Terry Clarke “remembering Jim Hall”; Brenda Earle Stokes, piano and vocals; Italian drummer-composer, Andrea Marcelli; SPOKE jazz quartet, reinventing instrumental unity while exploring a wide range of musical inḀuences; Joe Sullivan, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator; Peter van HufḀe, proliἀc saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and bandleader of Boom Crane; U.S. trumpet player, improviser and composer, Ralph Alessi; celebrated singer/pianist Carol Welsman; The Parker Abbott Trio, an acoustic and electric multi-keyboard and drums group; Autoban, a collective jazz trio embracing the pursuit of improvisation through the exploration of their original compositions; Toronto-based Myriad3, another collective, cutting edge, modern jazz trio, comprising pianist Chris Donnelly, percus-sionist Ernesto Cervini and bassist Dan Fortin; guitarist/composer Rainer Weins; U.K. visitor, bebop vibraphonist and drummer, Nat Steele with the Dave Rubel alumni quartet.

Skilled Faculty members, trumpeter Jim Lewis and pianist David Braid closed out the highly successful season.

Attendance of this well-received series remains mandatory and continues to promote a high level of interaction between the students and the guest clinicians. A reminder to everyone – the master classes are free and open to the public who are most welcome to attend on Friday afternoons between 3:15 and 4:30 pm. Please check for details at www.uoftjazz/events/kpmc.


Laura Swankey 2015 recipient Banff  International Workshop Tuition Scholarship

 In late spring, we renewed our relationship with The Banff Centre funding a full tuition scholarship for  Ontario jazz vocalist/composer, Laura Swankey,to attend the 2015 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Just completing her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of Toronto, Laura submitted an impressive resume and was  considered an outstanding, dedicated emerging jazz  musician by the Centre’s adjudicators. Following the  programme she wrote to tell us her experience had  been life-changing, challenging and inspiring ….being  in the mountains making music with professionals  such as Ingrid Jensen, Vijay Iyer was incredible…. the relationships she formed there would last her whole life. Laura now returns to Toronto to teach, perform and expand her exploration of music for her ἀrst full-length album and looks forward to continuing down this creative path recharged and inspired. Knowing we have made a difference in a young artist’s life is the Trust’s best reward.

Brenden Varty 2015 recipient of the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship Award
in Memory of Ron Collier with Gord Sheard

Our ongoing commitment to the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship in Memory of Ron Collier at Humber College allowed us to once again provide a bursary award to a second or third year student showing exceptional promise as a composer or arranger, carrying on the high standards established by Ron Collier during Humber  Music’s early years. The 2015 recipient was saxophonist, Brenden Varty, who had just completed his third year of studies in the Bachelor of Music Programme. Music has been Brenden’s life-long passion, he is interested in all genres, taking stylistic boundaries to mean very little and constantly attempting to bring new elements into his pieces. He has studied with musicians such as Andy Ballantyne, David Occhipinti,  Alex Dean and Andrew Scott which has vastly improved his writing and performance abilities. As an arranger he has also enjoyed working in a swing idiom for horn and rhythm and is hoping to soon complete his ἀrst big band chart. He is honoured  to be recognised and truly appreciates the support he has received from the Trust.  We wish him every success in his effort to achieve a higher level of artistic excellence.


2015 Summer Jazz Workshops

Entering the fifth year of its relationship with the Humber College Community Music School, the Trust was able to offer partial tuition scholarship assistance to four young students attending  the annual Youth Jazz Canada’s Summer Jazz Workshop initiative which took place July 13th to 26th at Humber’s Lake-shore Campus. This community event provides gifted Canadian youth with access to high quality instruction in jazz and the opportunity to perform and record with other students and  professionals who share their interests and passion. Successful applicants attend all-day sessions that include combo rehears-als, master classes, workshops, improvisation clinics, listening sessions and professional concerts. At the end of the two-week programme all groups record in Humber’s state-of-the-art record-ing studio and receive an mp3 copy of their studio session.  

A record total of 44 young musicians aged 14 through post-secondary qualiἀed for the 2015 event and the recipients of the KPMT grant were: Youngchan Na (guitar), Kevin Bolger (guitar) and Claire Lee (piano), all students from Humber’s Bachelor of Music Programme, as well as David Cheon (guitar) currently the youngest student in the Senior Enriched level of Community  Music. They also performed at the Beaches Festival and in a  closing proἀle concert at The Jazz Bistro.