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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 Director of Community Outreach & Education David Wall at dwall@jazz.fm.

    This week, April 28th, we feature Abby David, a bassist and songwriter from Humber College.

    Abby David is a bassist and songwriter currently studying Music at Humber College. Originally hailing from White Rock, British Columbia, Abby made the move to Toronto in 2012 to further pursue her passion for music and attend Humber College.  Abby plays many different styles of music including classical, R&B, hip-hop and Latin, her main focus is on jazz and songwriting. Abby has had the pleasure of studying with some of the finest bassists in North America, including, Neil Swainson, Mike Downes, Jon Maharaj, Jodi Proznick, Darren Radke, Kieran Overs, Collin Barrett and Pat Kilbride. 
      Currently in her 4th year at Humber College, Abby is dedicated to her studies while still playing gigs around town and working in the recording studio.  She is presently composing original music for various groups including the composers collective, consisting of Tom Upjohn on trumpet, Ewen Farncombe on piano, Nebyu Yohannes on trombone and Ben McCaroll–Butler on alto saxophone, Guiliano Devito on drums, Trevor Peverley on guitar and Jessica Chen on vocals – all of whom are esteemed young musicians in the music program at Humber College. She is also composing for her new neo-soul/R&B group consisting of Kyla Charter (vocals), Deniz Lim-Sersan (keys), Kairon Haynes (kit) and Matthew Chalmers (sound programming). Abby’s music is inspired by her favourite artists. Her biggest influences include, Dave Holland, Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, Tommy Babin, Ben Williams, FKA twigs and Feist.
      Music has always been a large part of Abby’s life. She began playing piano at the age of 4 and continues to play today, she completed her grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music with first class honours and received first class honours with distinction in classical history and harmony.  Abby picked up the bass for the first time at the age of 12 for her elementary school band. She immediately loved playing bass and especially enjoyed the freedom and expression allowed in jazz music. In high school (Semiahmoo Secondary) she received many awards and accolades including most outstanding student in the music program, most outstanding bass soloist at the Lionel Hampton jazz festival in Idaho, and in her graduating year she was the recipient of the Dogwood Scholarship. Abby is at Humber College on a scholarship and has graduated with honours each year. In first year she was awarded the Toronto Musicians’ Association Moe Koffman Memorial Award, in second year she received Toronto Musicians’ Association Carne H. Bray Memorial Award and in third year she received the Gordon and Ann Wragg music scholarship.

    Over the past couple of years at Humber, Abby has had the opportunity to be taught by some of the greatest teachers and musicians that exist including Kirk MacDonald, Geoff Young, Shirantha Beddage, Christine Duncan, Dan Parr, Peter Cooke, Andrew Mullin, Nancy Walker, and Alex Dean.

    This year Abby has been focusing on writing in the R&B style of music and will be putting out an EP this summer. Eventually she would like to go on tour with her band. When Abby isn’t busy playing music she enjoys drawing, running, learning about nutrition and hanging out with her friends.

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