Summer Jazz and Groove Lab

Summer Jazz And Groove Lab
July 25-29, 2022

ABOUT

The Department of Music at York University is excited to announce the 2022 “in-person” edition of the “Summer Jazz and Groove Lab.” This unique summer camp, offered at a nominal 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 and ensemble workshops, as well as a variety of improvisation, theory, and guided listening seminars. This creative opportunity for young musicians to deepen their interest in contemporary styles of music will provide a vibrant environment for growth and discovery.

2022 SUMMER JAZZ AND GROOVE LAB
JULY 25-29, 2022
COST: $115 per student
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 20, 2022
LOCATION: Accolade East Building (ACE)

For additional information, please contact: Mike Cadó: mikecado@yorku.ca | Noam Lemish: lemish@yorku.ca

The Summer Jazz and Groove Lab would like to acknowledge the generous support of Long & McQuade for providing student bursaries to participate in the Lab.

“I really loved being able to interact with other people close to my age that are just as passionate about music as I am” – Grade 10 student

“It was an amazing experience that I was very thankful to be a part of. It’s something that has already changed how I approach my music, theory and jazz/improvisation overall!” – Grade 11 student

“The Masterclasses were very interactive, and it felt like a very safe space for all students with different amounts of experience. The professors were very patient and eager to help us throughout the 3 days” – Grade 12 student


SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JULY 25

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Welcome Session
  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Masterclasses for vocals, brass, woodwinds, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings

12:15-1:15PM

    BREAK

1:15-2:45PM

  • Small Ensembles

3:00-4:30PM

  • Intersections of Jazz and Popular Music
TUESDAY, JULY 26

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Masterclasses for vocals, brass, woodwinds, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings

12:15-1:15PM

    BREAK

1:15-2:45PM

  • Small Ensembles

3:00-4:30PM

  • Rhythms of the World
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Masterclasses for vocals, brass, woodwinds, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings

12:15-1:15PM

    BREAK

1:15-2:45PM

  • Small Ensembles

3:00-4:30PM

  • An Introduction to Gospel Music Traditions
THURSDAY, JULY 28

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Improvisation and Musicanship

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Masterclasses for vocals, brass, woodwinds, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings

12:15-1:15PM

    BREAK

1:15-2:45PM

  • Small Ensembles

3:00-4:30PM

  • Improvising Outside the Box
FRIDAY, JULY 29

9:00AM-10:30AM

  • Music Production Workshop

10:45AM-12:15PM

  • Masterclasses for vocals, brass, woodwinds, guitar, piano, bass, drums/percussion, strings

12:15-1:15PM

    BREAK

1:15-2:45PM

  • Small Ensembles

3:00-4:30PM

  • Improvisation and Musicianship

4:45-6:15PM

  • Closing Celebration and Final Performances

CLINICIAN BIOS

Amanda Tosoff

Hannah Barstow

Hannah Barstow is a pianist, vocalist and composer based in Toronto. Her performance aesthetic is firmly rooted in the jazz music tradition and is strongly influenced by the trios and quartets of Shirley Horn, Ahmad Jamal and Blossom Dearie. Her compositions are influenced by jazz, classical, pop, and Latin music. She has performed with a number of world-renowned artists including Emilie Claire Barlow, Kris Davis, Mike Murley, Steve Wallace, Pat Collins, the Brian Barlow Big Band and the Greg Runions Big Band with the Kingston Symphony. Her first full length album, Beneath, will be released in August 2021. Personal Website

Amanda Tosoff

Matt Brubeck

Matt Brubeck is a JUNO award-winning performer, composer and educator specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories. Matt has collaborated with more artists than he can remember, including David Braid, Kevin Breit, Marilyn Lerner, Nick Fraser and more. In addition to his jazz/improvising work, Matt has had many eclectic musical adventures including touring and/or recording with Tom Waits, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Natalie McMaster, and Yo-Yo Ma. Personal Website

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

Karen Burke

Corey Butler

Corey Butler is a songwriter, pianist, producer and educator. He is also the founder of Zamar Music Group, an organization committed to making a difference in communities through music education, mentorship, performance and production. Butler has served as the Musical Director of the JUNO award-winning Toronto Mass Choir for the past ten years and has also written songs with Grammy award winner and (name of hall of fame) Hall of Fame inductee, Carvin Winans. Butler has also performed with internationally renowned musicians such as Jackie Richardson and Londa Larmond. He is currently part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Music at York University and in the Music Industry Arts Program at Centennial College. 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

JON MAHARAJ

DEREK GRAY

Derek Gray works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and performing musician. He is skilled on drumset, Batá, cajón, djembe, Tibetan Singing Bowls among others. Derek has toured internationally with Georgian Bay, Gray Matter, Franco-Ontarian family band Ariko, Indo-jazz chamber ensemble Justin Gray & Synthesis, and the trans-Mediterranean group, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas. Derek has performed and taught music in Cuba, Korea, Spain, Indonesia, Italy, and Switzerland. Derek holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Degree from Humber College and a Masters of Ethnomusicology from York University. Personal Website

Noam Lemish

BRAIN KATZ

Internationally acclaimed guitarist, composer, educator and pianist Brian Katz, has been noted for his impeccable ability to bridge jazz, world and classical genres together. His outstanding “open”(free) improvisations have been regarded as seamlesly blending several of his musical influences together into separate coherent musical statements. His original compositions and theoretical works have been published worldwide and can be found as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music graded curriculum series. Katz is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Music at York University as well as the University of Toronto. 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, Erlebnisse (2021). 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

Sherie Marshall

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 winning musical Come From Away. Maharaj has also been teaching at Humber College since 2003.

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

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 award-winning 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.

Ron Westray

Anna Williams

Anna Swaray Williams is a jazz vocalist and ethnomusicologist whose research interests lie in Black popular musics from Afrobeat to Zydeco. Her Master’s thesis was on African American protest music, while her PhD dissertation focuses on Black feminisms through song. A student of Sheila Jordan, Ranee Lee and Jeri Brown, Anna’s repertoire includes traditional jazz, free jazz and everything in between. Anna’s own unique sound, a blend of musical influences from the three continents on which she has lived, can be heard on national and international radio.

Ron Westray

Sacha Williamson

Toronto singer, songwriter, performer and educator, Sacha Williamson, has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America. Her music has been featured internationally on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1Xtra, CBC, Jazz.FM91, as well as Pitbull’s Globalization Radio. Williamson’s debut EP, Love Life, which she wrote and co-produced, is available now on all major streaming services. Sacha is currently part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Music at York University, as well as in the Music Industry Arts Program at Centennial College. She is also the musical director for the Centennial College Music Industry Arts Program’s first-ever a cappella ensemble.


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