Each year, as
part of their work to nurture next generations of jazz artists, Toronto Downtown
Jazz brings together three groups of musicians for their Youth Jazz Showcase.
This annual celebration of emerging talent brings together outstanding young
players from around the country and beyond for two days of music, mentorship
Youth Jazz Showcase gathered Canada’s National
Youth Jazz Combo together with the
Global Jazz Institute Quintet and Japan’s North Pandemic Groove Quartet.
Youth Jazz Combo (NYJC) is formed by talented high school musicians from across
Canada who apply and are selected to take part. The 2016 NYJC, directed by Kirk
MacDonald, featured Toronto’s Anson Cai (tenor saxophone) and Petros
Anagnostakos (drums) along with Vancouver’s Carter Brodkorb (piano) and Evan
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program at
Boston’s Berklee College designed to foster creativity and musicianship through
various musical disciplines. The BGJI Quintet that participated in the Youth Jazz Showcase was led
by guitarist and faculty member David Gilmore and featured student
vocalist Malwina Masternak, clarinetist Matt Stubbs, pianist Toni Vaquer,
bassist Jared Henderson and drummer Yair Amster.
In from Hokkaido,
Japan was North Pandemic Groove Quartet. The funky foursome first brought their tight grooves
to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival’s Youth Jazz Showcase stage in 2015
, and returned by popular demand.
video above to sit in on rehearsals and jam sessions shared by the three
groups, and to enjoy excerpts from their collective concert held at Nathan
Phillips Square as part of the 2016 TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
Photo by Catherine Mitro
Video produced by the Toronto