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The future of jazz is in the hands of emerging artists, who appear on Jazzology on Thursday nights at 9PM.

Hosted by Heather Bambrick on Thursdays at 9PM, Jazzology provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and accomplishments, and share their stories and love of music in a professional environment. These talented jazz students choose the music and the artists they wish to talk about, as well as some recordings of their own.

The program provides emerging artists with the opportunity to develop important skills: biography writing, media training, interviewing, public speaking, social media. For many who participate, it is their first chance to conduct a professional interview as an artist. It also gives participants a chance to have their original music played on the radio.

Since 2006, JAZZ.FM91 has presented over 180 selected jazz students from the University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, and Mohawk College. Since taking part in the program, many of these artists have gone on to pursue to successful careers as performers, composers, and educators. Many of the participants are featured in our “Where Are They Now?” series HERE.

For information about the Jazzology program, please contact Community Engagement & Education Manager Mark Micklethwaite at 416-595-0404 x229 or

This week we feature vocalist Natasha Roldán from York University.

Natasha Roldán is a Singer/Songwriter/Composer whose vocals draw from the influences of Jazz and traditional Latin American and European Music, with an alternative touch.

Prior to the official release of her debut EP ‘No Apologies’, all of its songs had exclusive releases on Canadian radio. “Love Swing” and “No Apologies” debuted on Quebec’s station Radio La Salle CKVL- FM100.1 on the show Coco Jazz to an audience that extended all the way to South America. Later on, her song “Regret"  was released on Toronto’s station JAZZ FM 91.1, along with an exclusive 1 hour interview on the show Jazzology, dedicated to showcase the best emerging talent in Jazz. Natasha was also a special guest on The New Wax Show at Toronto’s CHRY Radio, where she did a live performance of her EP followed by an interview. Her songs “No Apologies” and “Love Swing” were also part of CHRY’s new music rotational platform AMPTrax. On early March the EP was released on CKPM 98.7 British Columbia.

Natasha’s EP ‘No Apologies’ was officially released in early 2015 with a concert at Toronto’s exclusive venue Musideum. The show featured a full house and special musical guests. ‘No Apologies’ EP is described by Natasha as an alternative jazz-pop record that features all original compositions by Natasha herself, as well as performances by Roy Patterson and Anthony Panacci, two of Toronto’s finest Jazz musicians. ‘No Apologies’ EP was produced by Toronto based musician/producer Jorge Gil and co-produced by Natasha. The album artwork was exclusively designed by Colombian artist Luisa Fernanda Castellanos from Louise’s Project.

Earlier this year Natasha was awarded the “Sorbara Award in Music” for “outstanding creative achievement in music in the areas of composition, improvisation or sound design.” She was also a CBC MUSIC Searchlight Competition Semi-finalist in Toronto with her song  “Love Swing” in 2014.

Thanks to her unique sound, originality, and ability to sing in different languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese…), Natasha was chosen to be a featured performer at the TEDxYorkU conference in early 2013. Later, that same year she traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to perform for Fashion Designer Camila Miranda on the release of her new clothing line.

Natasha is currently completing a B.F.A Honours in music at York University, and continues to perform in venues and festivals around town with her solo act, often including her performance project “Songs to travel the world” alongside her producer Jorge Gil. Such events include, The WinterFolk Festival and The Ontario Premiers Awards, as well as venues like Musideum, The Rivoli , and El Mocambo, among others. Natasha also performs with several York University music ensembles.

She previously graduated with honours from the exclusive Music Production Program at Seneca College, and in her early career attended Escuela de Música y Audio Fernando Sor (F.Sor Music and Audio School) while living in Bogotá, Colombia, where she was also an active participant in the growing Jazz scene. She has been mentored by world class musicians, participating in workshops, master classes, and private lessons.

With amazing new compositions and hard work, this independent artist promises to shake the international music scene adding her unique style to the local flavour.

Twitter: @NatashaRmusic

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About RBC and the Arts
RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support events and passions that resonate with our clients and all Canadians, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, one of the largest competitions of its kind in the world; and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment as the Official Bank and major sponsor of the world’s top public film festival – the Toronto International Film Festival®.

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