12:30 - 4:30 pm
A celebration of outstanding young talent from at home and abroad, Toronto Downtown Jazz each year brings together three groups, featuring emerging 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; the Youth Jazz Showcase culminates on day two with a performance by all three groups.
The Youth Jazz Showcase is generously supported by the Ken Page Memorial Trust and The Asper Foundation.
In the great tradition of small group jazz, Youth Jazz Canada’s National Youth Jazz Combo (NYJC) provides outstanding young jazz musicians with the opportunity to rehearse, perform and study with some of the finest professional jazz artists in Canada. This past spring talented high school musicians applied from across Canada and four outstanding players were selected to form the 2018 NYJC. Over the summer the group will rehearse and perform at a number of events including MusicFest Canada Nationals in Toronto and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival along with venues such as the Rex Hotel, the Emmett Ray and The Jazz Bistro. The group is excited to premiere new commissions by Canadian composers David Occhipinti and Mike Downes. The group will wrap up its performance season by recording in Humber College’s state-of-the-art recording studio in mid-July.
Director: Kirk MacDonald
Jacob Chung, Tenor Saxophone, Toronto, ON
Felix Fox-Pappas, Piano, Toronto, ON
Jaden Raso, Bass, Hamilton, ON
Elijah Carson, Drums, Powell River, BC
Directors: Pat LaBarbera and Kirk MacDonald
Kyle Tarder-Stoll, Tenor Saxophone
Lucas Dubovik, Tenor Saxophone
Jeremy Hucal, Piano
Ben Duff, Bass
Agneya Chikte, Drums
Tommaso Taddonio, piano
Martin Tamisier, drums
Carlo De Baggio, bass
Nerya Zidon, sax
Presented in collaboration with Berklee College of Music