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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 Lorenzo Polese, a saxophonist and composer from York University.

Lorenzo Polese is a saxophonist and composer in his final year at York University. His musical journey began playing in the Concert Band at Robert F. Hall Secondary School in Caledon, Ontario. Coming together to create beautiful music soon became an inspiring and wonderful feeling that was hard to ignore. He quickly excelled at all exercises and challenges his high school offered in music. He moved across the country in his final year of high school, graduating from Robert Bateman Secondary in Abbotsford, British Columbia. There, he received the Robert Bateman Musicians Award. After leaving high school, he knew that he wanted to make a living creating music with like-minded individuals and felt that Toronto's vibrant musical community was the best place to start.

Lorenzo has been studying Jazz under the tutelage of world class musicians since his acceptance at York University in Toronto. He is proficient in many music styles which include: Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Bollywood, Latin, Jazz and Classical. While also teaching music privately, he has worked at public teaching facilities such as The National Music Camp of Canada and 3G Music Studios. Lorenzo has studied with many great instructors including: Sundar Viswanathan, Ryan Oliver, Nick Morgan, Carlos Amaran, Ken Meyer, Tara Davidson, and Kelly Jefferson. He has also studied with trumpet players Mike Malone and Kevin Turcotte, bassist Artie Roth and pianist Mark Eisenman.

In February 2013, Lorenzo started his own quintet "Glass Act." This group features Toronto’s own: Christina Wynans (Vocals), Greg McClary (Piano), Daniel Diaz (Bass), and Justin McHugh (Kit). When not involved with Glass Act, Lorenzo can be seen playing with his Quintet or his duo/trio projects that feature guitarist Michael Perrotti and bassist Daniel Diaz. After completing his degree at York University, Lorenzo plans on continuing his studies and performing in the GTA.

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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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