TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

For Immediate Release

Ottawa Jazz Festival unveils jazz-education program Ottawa
(Thursday, February 21, 2013)

The Ottawa Jazz Festival, in partnership with Carleton University, is proud to launch the most forward-looking jazz education program in the city. The Festival has developed the Jazz-Ed Program to give talented young musicians an opportunity to study with professionals and peers.

The program responds to a need within the community to engage and develop emerging artists in the region, and prepare students for post-secondary music education. Students will learn the rich art form of jazz through interactive curriculum coached by professional teaching artists.

"The goal is to present pre-college level students the opportunity to study jazz with some of the best musicians in the city,” said Program Director Petr Cancura. “We chose a smaller group format that can function like a small ensemble yet be big enough to provide the full colour of a large ensemble. With a small enough group, the musicians can work on improvising, rhythms, conceptual composition and free jazz interaction... things you cannot do with a large ensemble."

A nine-piece ensemble has been selected to participate in the 16-week intensive program focused on the study and performance of jazz music. The students will study with renowned local guitar teacher Roddy Ellias, and receive guest lectures from professional musicians such as program director Petr Cancura, Juno-award winner Jesse Stewart, Rob Frayne, John Geggie and Mike Tremblay. At the end of the rehearsal period the band will perform at the 2013 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

“We had an overwhelming interest in the program and as a result the band is very high level,” said Cancura.

The 2013 Jazz-Ed class is: Nepean High School’s Keagan Eskritt (drums), Canterbury High School’s Ben Heard (bass), Nepean High School’s Robert Wannell (guitar), Canterbury High School’s Ben Michel (piano), Nepean High School’s Ben King (trumpet), Earl of March Secondary School’s Colin Lloyd (trombone), Canterbury High School’s Mitchell Whalen (bass trombone), Bell High School’s Patrick Smith (tenor sax), and All Saints Catholic High School’s Lucia Lacovitti-Villeneuve (vocals).

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