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Toronto's Youth Jazz Showcase celebrates outstanding emerging talent

Next Generation Jazz:

Toronto's Youth Jazz Showcase celebrates outstanding emerging talent

Next Generation Jazz:

Toronto's Youth Jazz Showcase celebrates outstanding emerging talent

Published on November 17, 2016

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 and fun.

The 2016 Youth Jazz Showcase gathered Canada’s National Youth Jazz Combo together with the
Berklee Global Jazz Institute Quintet and Japan’s North Pandemic Groove Quartet.

The National 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 Gratham (bass).

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.

Watch the 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 Jazz Festival