Jazz Festival Programmes

The Ken Page Memorial Trust is proud to grant support for projects and performances which exemplify one or more of the KPMT’s aims which are:
  • To encourage emerging jazz talent and foster an understanding of the origins and evolution of the music through such activities as workshops and master classes given by professionals in their fields.
  • To provide limited financial aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis as a result of illness, accident, or loss of employment.
  • To support selected live and recorded jazz performances in Canada.

2017 Season

Eager to welcome the arrival of summer, we renewed our long-standing relationship with the
TD Toronto Jazz Festival by once again supporting two Education and Outreach Programmes,
both of which took place at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar. The goal of these presentations is to educate and expand the Festival’s audience while creating more interaction between the musicians and the general public – and admission is always free of charge.

First off was the annual “Big Band Slam” workshop which gathered together one university and three high school jazz ensembles from across the Greater Toronto Area for an afternoon of trumpet blasting, trombone sliding, sax squealing excitement. The Slam is not a competition, but rather a chance to showcase some of the outstanding music being made by our emerging musicians. Under the direction of guest artist, composer-arranger and prominent trumpeter Jason Logue, who had rehearsed and played with each band prior to the Slam, the groups this year represented Don Mills Collegiate Ensemble, Oakville’s High Rendition Youth Jazz Band, Martin Grove College Jazz Band and the Hart House Jazz Ensemble. Once again these young students demonstrated a remarkable level of enthusiasm, energy and talent – encore!

The second event “Youth Jazz Showcase” is a celebration of outstanding young talent from at home and abroad where the Festival each year assembles three groups featuring young jazz artists from around the country and around the world for two days of music, mentorship and fun. Day one, hosted by Youth Jazz Canada at Humber College, includes rehearsals, jam sessions and shared musical experiences, culminating on day two with a performance by all three bands. This just happened to be Canada Day and the selected participants were: from USA the Berklee Global Jazz Ensemble (ages 18 to 23), from Israel the Canaan-Thelma Yellin School for the Arts Combo (ages 14 to 16) and from Canada the National Youth Jazz Combo (ages 16-18).