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    JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band

    For middle and secondary school students, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band provides an opportunity for exceptional student musicians to hone their skills and interact in a diverse, professional setting.

    Under the direction of Musical Director Jules Estrin, the band rehearses each Saturday at the JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village. The students receive regular workshops on improvisation, ensemble playing and jazz techniques from some of the foremost Canadian music educators and musicians.

    JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band performs extensively throughout the year. Appearances include the JAZZ.FM91 Sound of Jazz Concert Series, as well as various festivals and special events.

    For nearly a decade, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band has shared the stage with legendary jazz figures, such as Joey DeFrancesco, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Lew Tabackin, Guido Basso and Al Jarreau. They have appeared with Canadian guests, including Shirantha Beddage, Kelly Jefferson, Alistair Kay, Brian O’Kane, Sundar Viswanathan, and Ron Westray.

    They have shared the stage with the Thelma Yellin Big Band (Tel Aviv, Israel), Jazz Ensemble I (Montreal, PQ), Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (Monterey, CA), University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and York University Jazz Orchestra.

    Alumni from the group have gone onto further their studies at the Berklee College of Music, Brubeck Institute, Humber College, McGill University, New England Conservatory and the University of Toronto.

    Meet the members of the 2015/16 Youth Big Band HERE.

    Read the 2016/16 Youth Big Band Member Profiles HERE.

    Learn about auditions for the 2016-7 group, click HERE.


    Thursday June 30th, 2016            
    Gage Park  
    45 Main St N, Brampton

    Friday July 1st, 2016, 2:00 pm
    TD Toronto Jazz Festival
    Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

    July 9th and 10th, 2016
    McMichael Gallery
    10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg,ON

    July 12th, 2016
    The Pilot Tavern
    22 Cumberland  Street, Toronto

    Sunday July 24th, 7:30 pm
    Summer Serenades
    Mel Lastman Square, Toronto

    Saturday, August 6th, 2016A
    Oakville Jazz Festival

    Click here for more information about the festival

    Tuesday August 9th
    Lula Lounge, Toronto

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