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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 mark@jazz.fm.

 

This week we feature guitarist Wilson McLeish from Humber College.

Wilson was born into a musical family in Ottawa and is now a Toronto-based freelance musician who has nearly completed his degree at the prestigious Humber College Bachelor of Music Program, with honours and scholarships. His skill set includes writing, arranging, performing, teaching, engineering, and directing in a wide variety of musical styles, most notably jazz and electronic.

Wilson is a true visionary and is constantly pushing the boundaries in search of new sounds which can be found in his unique electro-jazz compositions and improvisations. Majoring in guitar, he is a multi-instrumentalist and has also performed on piano, bass, drums, and voice. He has performed across Canada including Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto's finest jazz venues including The Jazz Bistro, The Rex, and The Reservoir Lounge. Wilson's depth of theoretical and practical musical knowledge makes him an asset to any musical situation.

Wilson has Studied under leadership of Ted Quinlan, Geoff Young, Hilario Duran, Shannon Gunn, Shirantha Beddage, Pat Labarbra, Kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, and John MacLeod, amongst others.

In 2013, Wilson wrote his most interesting compositions to date including the contemporary jazz works Trapezoid and Cyberban, as well as an all-electronic album entitled “Electron Circuit”, featuring such tracks as Dilithium Crystals. Many of Wilsonʼs central writing themes include space, science and abstract images, giving illustration to imagination through music and visuals. Some of Wilsonʼs influences include Kurt Rosenwinkel, Allan Holdsworth, and Secret Rhythms.

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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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