Workshops-Masterclasses

2018 Season

Our highly respected LEGENDS OF JAZZ workshops, master classes and associated outreach programmes continued to motivate, inspire and instruct another year of both emerging and graduating music students, highlighting the Trust’s dedication to the all-important field of jazz education.
 In September 2017, the Ken Page Memorial Trust entered its 18th year of weekly clinics at the University of Toronto where the Faculty of Music’s well-established Jazz Studies Programme reunited under the leadership of Terry Promane, now back from sabbatical, and full-time tutors Mike Murley, Chase Sanborn and Jim Lewis. Moderated by accomplished jazz trumpeter, author and teacher, Chase Sanborn, these 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. Ongoing collaboration with The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar frequently enabled a second performance opportunity for visiting clinicians, allowing them the benefit of additional Toronto exposure.

In order to consolidate all our activities into the 2018 calendar year, this current Review covers a 15-month period of the KPMT/U of T Master Class Series, rather than the seasonal semester as in the past. A total of 24 clinics were held some of which are detailed below to give you an idea of the diversity of programming:

Winter term 2017 debuted with popular New York-based vibraphonist, Stefan Bauer, accompanied by faculty-member, bassist Jim Vivian; Synthesis with Justin Gray on bass veena and electric bass, Ted Quinlan guitar, Drew Jureka violin, Ed Hanley tablet and Derek Gray drums and Tibetan singing bowls – the group performed and Justin recounted stories about his travels in Calcutta and the influence of Indian Classic and Indo-Jazz music; the much anticipated return of alumnus (1994-98) pianist extraordinaire, David Braid who fielded a barrage of questions with clearly-defined answers; alumni trombonist William Carn (1996) and saxophonist Tara Davidson (2002) who discussed their individual lives in music before and after they came together; for the last winter clinic, faculty-member, bassist Andrew Downing brought in Syrian-born clarinetist Majd Sekkar who had cometo Canada from Aleppo and Damascus in 2016 – Majd introduced his Arabic music and the significant differences in its scales and notes.

Spring term 2018 highlights included an opening performance by the Turboprop sextet led by drummer Ernesto Cervini; Montreal-based composer-saxophonist Christine Jensen played some tunes accompanied by U of T students, also a duet with long time friend Dave Restivo and discussed the importance of timing and space; singer-songwriter Christine Duncan focused her clinic on a mix of folk, blues, R&B and new music; Brazilian guitarist Marco Tulio, now living in Los Angeles, came in with faculty percussion instructor, Mark Duggan on vibes for a happy toe-tapping session of familiar Latin songs; David Lyttle from N. Ireland was introduced by alumnus trombonist Paul Tarusov - Dave played drums bass and keyboard and talked about his life, his travels and his special interest in Chinese music.

Winter term 2018 and the Trust’s 19th season, was ushered in with a spirited, humorous clinic by alumnus vocalist Heather Bambrick (1997) who remains a stalwart at JAZZ.FM91; Faculty of Music’s Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Ken McLeod gave a fascinating talk about the statistics of Women in Jazz and their glaring minority in every section of the music industry which was so male dominated over the years; for a change of pace students and faculty were treated to the screening of a documentary about the life and music of saxophone master, Jim Galloway, which was released in June at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Titled “Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz”, the film was introduced by Director James Cullingham, with a Q&A session afterwards; term ended on a high note featuring Montreal’s tenor-saxophonist Remi Bolduc, accompanied by a student rhythm section – Remi is also Associate Professor, Jazz Performance at McGill.

Attendance of this well-received series remains mandatory and continues to promote a high level
of interaction between students and guest clinicians. As a reminder to everyone, these 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. in the Upper Jazz Studio at 90 Wellesley Street West. Please check for details at www.uoftjazz/events/kpmc