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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 Saxophonist Liam Masil-Mitro from Humber College.

Twenty-one-year-old saxophonist and woodwind specialist Liam Masil-Mitro first picked up the alto saxophone at the age of 9 and has not put it down since. Born and raised in and around the GTA, Masil-Mitro has had a wide spectrum of musical and cultural experiences. Early in his development, he was greatly influenced by the music of local jazz legends Kirk MacDonald, Pat Labarbera, and Neil Swainson, and benefited from exposure to milestone recordings including John Coltrane's "Blue Trane", Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue," and Charlie Parker's "Charlie Parker with Strings". Jazz music and culture has been a foundational catalyst to Liam Masil-Mitro's development as an individual and artist alike. Sensing his passion for music from a young age, Masil-Mitro was enrolled in the Humber College Community School where he honed his craft and artistry under the leadership of some of Canada's leading jazz musicians. Upon completion of high school and the community program, he chose to study music at Humber College. Currently in his third year of the program, Liam has studied with Andy Ballantyne, Kirk MacDonald, and Geoff Young, and has been playing in the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble for the past two years.

In addition to his studies at Humber College, Masil-Mitro can regularly be found performing in many city Jazz venues including the Jazz Bistro, Tranzac Club, The Rex Hotel, and The Poetry Jazz Café where he currently has a bi-monthly residency with the Eric West Quartet. In addition to his love for Jazz music, he constantly finds himself exploring different artistic avenues such as Classical, Pop, Funk & Rock music. "For me," he explains, "A healthy balance has always been an important part of my development. This relates directly to my creative output as I pride myself on loving many types of musical styles within the creative music realm".

More recently exploring composition within the creative realm, Masil-Mitro has been spearheading many creative projects. Firstly, a quartet collective Zeal, draws inspiration from dynamic artists including Root 70, Steve Lehman Trio, and the John Coltrane Quartet. Next, The Liam Masil-Mitro Sextet is experimenting with original music influenced by the work of David Binney, Steve Coleman, and Steve Lehman. Finally, The Conglomerate jazz-rock fusion quintet plays original music within the vein of Lost Tribe, and Rinse the Algorithm. These groups have been in regular practice, performing around the city while building original repertoire, fuelling greater chemistry and cohesion. "I feel that the next step for many of these groups is to gain wider exposure," explains Masil-Mitro, who is currently looking into grant opportunities and international possibilities, with the hope of having his music heard.

Check out his development at:

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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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