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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, February 4th, we feature James Bowman, a drummer from Mohawk College.

    “Diversity is the basis on which James Bowman approaches his musical career. A drummer at heart, he is also a capable pianist and violinist and is working towards proficiency on many more instruments. Always on the lookout for the next new thing, James is dedicated to creating music that is ear catching in its variety, pleasantly challenging, and high quality. 

    One of James’ many projects is emerging band Whitefire, an alternative/metal band that has performed shows from Hamilton to Huntsville and opened for bands like Havenstance and Message through motion.  Whitefire introduced him to recording in 2011 with their first EP and James was thoroughly intrigued by the process. Since then his personal projects have ranged from bizarre drum covers to unique, genre mashing compositions.  As a current undertaking, he is approaching jazz and enjoying the ride as new doors are opened to him: Latin, fusion, and big band.

    This most recent exploration is taking place at Mohawk College, where James is fortunate to have incredible teachers such as Kevin Dempsey and Ted Warren for his education on drums alongside formidable jazz artists like Pat Collins, Darcy Hepner, and Bob Shields. Other mentors include Renee Kruisselbrink, Jeff Allman, and Stephen Preston.”

    Click here for media release

    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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