The Jazz Musician Intensive

Developing the next generation of musicians goes beyond providing performance opportunities: in order to have the best chance at future success, musicians must understand what it means, in broad terms, to be a member of the music industry – beyond mastering their instrument. An understanding of the business of music – building a brand, marketing strategy, networking, manufacturing and licensing – is vital to a musician’s long-term viability, especially given today’s rapidly changing digital and online landscapes.

The Jazz Musician Intensive seeks to support developing musicians through two streams of activity: in one, a series of daily clinics, free and open to the public, covers a variety of topics related to the wider music industry; in the other, 8 post-secondary students, selected from the four major GTA post-secondary jazz programs, rehearse daily under the guidance of a local jazz veteran, ultimately culminating in a performance on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage.

Daily clinics
Clinics run June 24 to 28, from 10:30 am to noon, at Victoria University Chapel, and are led by industry veterans who bring a variety of experiences to the table. Clinics are free and open to public.

  • Monday June 24: Life as an independent musician. Vocalist extraordinaire Amanda Martinez and guitarist/producer Kevin Barrett ask: how do you pursue your dreams and get through all your to do's as an independent musician? From doing the laundry to recording your next album, Kevin and Amanda share some organizational tips to help tame the chaos!
  • Tuesday June 25: I'm out - now what? Outstanding saxophonist Melissa Aldana relates her journey from Berklee College of Music student to internationally acclaimed musician, sharing some of the tips she's picked up in the ten years since graduating.
  • Wednesday June 26: Working with publicists and venues. Ernesto Cervini (drummer and founder of Orange Grove Publicity) and Charlotte Cornfield (singer/songwriter and long-time booker at The Burdock) cover important tips when working with publicists and venue managers: how best to present yourself; how to increase your chances of getting a gig; and how to make sure you get invited back.
  • Thursday June 27: Working with agents and record labels. Tao-Ming Lau (founder, Blue Crane Agency) and Matt Maw (Artist Management Associate, Six Shooter Records) cover important tips for working with agents and record labels: how to find the right agent and record label; what agents and labels need from you; managing expectations.
  • Friday June 28: Creative music in creative spaces. David Dacks (Artistic Director, The Music Gallery), Alicia Bee (Pollen; Co-Founder, It's OK*) and Said Yassin (Dudebox; Co-Founder, It's OK*) explore how to present your music differently: choosing unique venues; co-presentations and collaborations; reaching your audience and more.

The Ensemble
Each afternoon from June 24 to 28, an eight-piece ensemble, made up of students recommended by the four main GTA post-secondary jazz programs (Humber, University of Toronto, York, Mohawk), will assemble from 1:30 to 5:00 pm in Victoria University Chapel. Over the five days, they will rehearse jazz standards and original compositions, under the guidance of acclaimed JUNO-nominated pianist Nancy Walker. Rehearsals are closed to the public, and will prepare the ensemble for a performance on the TD Mainstage on Cumberland Street on Saturday, June 29 at 12 pm.

The 2019 Jazz Musician Intensive Ensemble is:

Virginia Frigault-MacDonald, clarinet (Humber College)
Connor Moe, flute/tenor sax (York University)
Sean McCarthy, sax (York University)
Austin Bassarath, tenor sax (University of Toronto)
Nicholas Rhodes, guitar (Mohawk College)
Nathanael Pollard, piano (Mohawk College)
Sam Fitzpatrick, bass (Humber College)
Vania Lee, drums (Humber College)

The 2019 Jazz Musician Intensive is generously supported by Long & McQuade Music Instruments and Victoria University.