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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, June 23rd, we feature Jesse Ryan, a sax player from Humber College.

    Jesse grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad surrounded by a rich heritage of music. Being
    the grandson  of  one  of  the  islands’  calypso  veterans,  Clifton  Ryan,  aka  the  “Mighty Bomber”,  perhaps  it  is  no  surprise  that  he  has  steadily  earned  his  place  as  one  of Trinidad’s  bright,  young  stars.  In  2008,  he  received  a  partial  scholarship  to  attend Berklee College of Music, but is currently completing his studies at Humber College, Canada.  At  Humber  he  has  had  the  opportunity  to  study  and  interact  with  some  of Toronto’s   finest   and   world-renowned   musicians   and   educators   including   Nick Morgan, Kirk Mac Donald, Pat La Barbera, Luis Deniz, Hilario Duran, Geoff Young and Neil Swainson.

    Jesse  has  played  at  many  of  the  major  festivals  and  venues  across  the  island  of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and Toronto, including the annual Jazz Artists on
    the Green’s (Trinidad), Tobago Jazz experience (Tobago), Mt. Irvine Jazz on the Beach
    (Tobago), Virgin Gorda Jazz Festival (British Virgin Islands), Beaches Jazz Festival, The
    Rex  and  the  Jazz  Bistro  (Toronto).  In  the  summer  of  2014,  Jesse  had  the  distinct pleasure  of  sharing  the  stage  with  New  York  based,  Canadian  saxophonist  Seamus Blake and jazz piano legend Harold Maybern while attending the Youth Jazz Canada Workshop.  Last  spring,  he  had  the  pleasure  of  performing  and  recording  with saxophonists  Joe  Lovano  and  Donny  McCaslin,  playing  lead  alto  with  Humber’s studio jazz ensemble.

    His passion for music extends beyond the bandstand though, as he currently teaches saxophone  and  piano  at  T-Rox  Music,  Port  Credit  and  is  a  strong  believer  in  the transformative  potential  of  youth  receiving  a  music  education.  Jesse  is  also  an emerging  arranger  on  the  Toronto  gospel  scene,  having  worked  on  a  number  of projects  as  string  and  horn  arranger.  As  a  bandleader,  he  is  anticipating  the release  of his EP “Bridges” in August 2016, and the debut of his own group; an exciting new sextet  that  performs  an  eclectic  mix  of  Trinidadian  folk,  afro-Caribbean  and  jazz compositions,.  His  writing  is  ambitious  at  best  and  his  enchanting  sound  telling  that he  is  set  to  take  Caribbean  jazz  out  of  its  niche  of  ethnic  fusion  to  mainstream acceptance.

    His soulful sound continues to capture audiences all over as he reflects on his source, God,  the  Great  Musician.  Jesse says,  “I  consider  myself  to  be  bilingual;  music  is  my second  language  and  is  the  universal  language  of  the  soul.  Nothing  else  moves people like music does”



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