National Youth Jazz Combo, Presented by Humber College and Musicfest Canada
Jazz is a feeling, more than anything else. It isn't music, it's language
In the great tradition of small group jazz, the National Youth Jazz Combo provides four to seven outstanding young jazz musicians with the opportunity to rehearse, perform and study with some of the finest professional jazz artists in Canada.
Directed by renowned Humber saxophonist and composer Kirk MacDonald, the group will rehearse in Toronto during the day from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12, 2013.
The combo will perform during the week of Musicfest including sharing the stage with the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band at Convocation Hall, appearance at the Ellison Annual Jazz Dinner and two gigs at the famous Rex Hotel in downtown Toronto. .
Students may apply and be accepted into both the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band and the National Youth Jazz Combo as the rehearsal and performance schedules of the two groups do not conflict. All applicants to the NYJC will also be considered for the Youth Jazz Canada Summer Workshop offered by Hunber College. Scholarship announcements for the workshop will be made in early May.
Please note that separate audition requirements are in place for both the National Youth Jazz Combo and the Conn-Selmer Centerstage Jazz Band. You must submit two separate auditions if you wish to apply to both opportunities. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013
Participation in the band is free, and members receive tickets to all MusicFest concerts and clinics including access to the MusicFest Canada Scholarship Program.
New and exciting for 2013, the NYJC will come together two more times over the course of the summer. The combo will rehearse and perform at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in late June and then be back together again for Humber’s Summer Jazz Workshop for Youth from July 15-28th.
The TD Jazz Festival and the Summer Jazz Workshop are both full scholarship events that cover registration fees for the workshop and travel/accommodation costs for out of town participants.
For more information on the summer events go to www.youthjazz.ca