Summer Jazz and Groove Lab

Summer Jazz And Groove Lab
July 26-28, 2021

ABOUT

The Department of Music at York University is excited to announce the inaugural 2021 “Summer Jazz and Groove Lab.” This unique summer camp, offered at no cost, will afford high school students the opportunity to explore a range of musical styles including: Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Hip-Hop and the blending of musical traditions from around the world. All participants will work with the diverse and dynamic internationally renowned Faculty through daily instrumental masterclasses, as well as a variety of improvisation, theory, and guided listening workshops. This creative opportunity for young musicians to deepen their interest in contemporary styles of music will provide a vibrant environment for growth and discovery.

* Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, the 3-day event will be presented virtually.

SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JULY 26

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Welcome Session
  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Instrumental Masterclass for vocals, brass, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion

12:15-1:00PM

    BREAK

1:00-2:30PM

  • All that Jazz: A Guided Musical Journey
TUESDAY, JULY 27

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Instrumental Masterclass for vocals, brass, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion

12:15-1:00PM

    BREAK

1:00-2:30PM

  • From Gospel to Hip-Hop: Black Music Traditions
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Instrumental Masterclass for vocals, brass, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion

12:15-1:00PM

    BREAK

1:00-2:30PM

  • Music and Culture: Global Influences

2:30-3:30PM

  • Closing Session and Celebration

CLINICIAN BIOS

Karen Burke

Karen Burke

Karen Burke holds a Master of Education degree (York), an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree (McMaster) and an A.R.C.T. Diploma in Piano Teaching (RCM). In 1988, she co-founded the JUNO award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, which has since recorded 12 albums and toured over 10 countries. In 2005, Burke joined the Department of Music at York University, where she established the York University Gospel Choir and developed the first post-secondary curriculum in gospel music in Canada. In 2019, Professor Burke was awarded the Harry Jerome Award in the Arts, Media and Entertainment category, which acknowledges a history of outstanding achievement. Personal Website

MIKECADO

MIKE CADÓ

Mike Cadó is a Toronto-based guitarist, composer, and bandleader whose diverse experiences reflect a multitude of genres including jazz, blues, R&B, and more. In addition to being a faculty member in the Department of Music, he is also pursuing a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology. Mike’s decision to continue graduate studies has been inspired by his interest in exploring the unique relationships between the compositional and improvisational processes, which are unequivocally motivational forces behind his own vitality and music-making. Personal Website

Tara Davidson

TARA DAVIDSON

Tara Davidson is a JUNO award-winning alto and soprano saxophonist who has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues. As a bandleader, Davidson has produced six recordings since 2004, four of which have been nominated by the JUNO Awards for “Album of the Year” in the “Traditional”, “Solo” and “Group” jazz categories. She has also performed on approximately thirty recordings as a side person. Tara Davidson is proud to be a Yamaha Artist. Personal Website

Noam Lemish

NOAM LEMISH

Dr. Noam Lemish is a pianist, composer, and Assistant Professor of Jazz Instruction and Pedagogy at York University. He has appeared in numerous performances and conducted workshops across Canada, the US, Europe, Israel, and Bhutan. He has released multiple albums, including his most recent work, Pardes (2018). Lemish holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Jazz Performance and a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Toronto. Personal Website

LORNE LOFSKY

LORNE LOFSKY

Internationally renowned jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky has been performing professionally for over 42 years. Lofsky has toured, performed and recorded with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland and many other respected members of the international jazz community. Lorne has been a faculty member in the Department of Music at York University since 1978. Personal Website

JON MAHARAJ

JON MAHARAJ

Jon Maharaj is a JUNO award-winning bassist who has performed and recorded with artists such as The Tenors, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Allison Au, Amanda Tosoff and many others. He has toured North America extensively with a variety of artists and has performed everywhere from Tokyo to Monte Carlo. Since January 2018 he has been playing bass in the Canadian company of the Tony award-winning musical Come From Away. Maharaj has also been teaching at Humber College since 2003.

Sherie Marshall

Sherie Marshall

Toronto-based jazz vocalist Sherie Marshall has performed professionally for over 20 years. In addition to opening for Harry Belafonte, The Smothers Brothers, and Rich Little, Sherie has sung background vocals for George Oliver, Jack DeKeyser, reggae artist Mojah, and Jacksoul, and performed as a featured vocalist with saxophonist Patricia Wheeler’s jazz octet and with renowned vocalist Tobi Lark. In 2005, Sherie released her solo debut jazz recording “The Sweetest Sounds,” featuring Mike Cadó and other jazz luminaries including Guido Basso, Pat Collins, Andy Ballantyne, and Barry Romberg. Sherie currently teaches jazz vocal music in the Department of Music at York University.

Anthony Michelli

Anthony Michelli

Anthony Michelli is a Canadian-born and internationally respected professional who has cultivated a creative and successful career in the music industry as a performer, educator, recording engineer and producer. He is grateful to have been a member of a variety of diverse projects featuring an extensive list of celebrated performers and distinguished composers. These have resulted in well over a hundred recordings and collaborations, dating back to 1995, with artists from genres as varied as contemporary jazz, world music and other popular styles. He is currently a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Music at York University. Personal Website

Amanda Tosoff

Amanda Tosoff

Amanda Tosoff is a B.C-raised, Toronto-based pianist, composer, and educator with six albums to her credit. As a bandleader and side-woman, she has performed with internationally recognized artists Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, and many more. Her own groups have been featured at festivals across Canada and abroad, and have opened for jazz luminaries such as Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and Luciana Souza. Amanda has received numerous honours, including the Montréal Jazz Festival “Grand Prix de Jazz,” the Toronto Arts Foundation “Emerging Jazz Artist” award, and, most recently, a JUNO nomination as well as a mention on the Polaris Prize “Longer List” for her album Words. Personal Website

Kevin Turcotte

Kevin Turcotte

Toronto-based trumpeter Kevin Turcotte has been an integral member of well-known Canadian jazz bands led by Barry Elmes, Andrew Downing, Michael Occhipinti, Adrean Farrugia and Mike Murley. In the past 30 years, he has participated in over 200 recording projects, amassing 30 JUNO nominations, with artists ranging from the Barenaked Ladies and Bruce Cockburn to Measha Brueggergosman. Kevin has toured widely in Asia, Europe and South America and has also been featured in Toronto and across Canada with a range of international artists.

Sundar Viswanathan

Sundar Viswanathan

JUNO-nominated saxophonist, vocalist, recording artist and composer Sundar Viswanathan has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, and the USA. Sundar is one of the founding members of the award-winning world jazz group Avataar. Their 2016 release, Petal, which explores the intersection of Indian classical, jazz, pop and ambient atmospheres, received critical acclaim from DOWNBEAT, JAZZIZ, worldmusiccentral and allaboutjazz. Sundar’s music is featured nationally and internationally on radio, television and print. He has also appeared on several recordings as a sideman. Sundar is currently an Associate Professor of Jazz at York University. Personal Website

Ron Westray

Ron Westray

Jazz musician and composer Ron Westray is best known for his work as lead trombonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, directed by Wynton Marsalis, and his collaborations with Wycliffe Gordon. He has appeared in concert with Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Dewey Redman, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker among others. Professor Westray has recorded as a sideman on such major labels as Columbia, Sony Classical and RCA Novus. He joined York’s Department of Music in 2009 as the Oscar Peterson Chair in Jazz Performance. Prior to this, he taught in the Jazz Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin.