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Patrick Boyle

This week’s featured artist is trumpeter Patrick Boyle, who participated in Jazzology in 2009.

Born in Newfoundland, Patrick Boyle earned a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from York University in 2002. He also holds a D.M.A. in Performance from the University of Toronto.

Patrick is currently an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria. An active clinician, he has adjudicated music festivals across Canada and has been a regular columnist for Canadian Musician magazine. In 2013, Patrick was a Visiting Scholar at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

As an in-demand session player, Patrick can be heard on more than forty-five recordings. He has performed with Duane Andrews, Curtis Andrews, Mike Billard, Bill Brennan, Uri Caine, Bill Coon, Ajtony Csaba, Mike Downes, Andrew Downing, Mark Duggan, Bill Frisell, Great Big Sea, Hey! Rosetta, Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Johnston, Kirk MacDonald, Jon McCaslin, Mike Murley, John Nugent, Fred Penner, Tim Ries, Casey Sokol, Ernie Tollar, Tom Van Seters, Jim Vivian, and Ken Whitely in styles ranging from gospel to rock to bluegrass. He is a regular member of the Kelby McNayr Quintet, Oliver Swain's Big Machine, Duane Andrews Quartet, The Discounts, Neil Conway & the Something Family, and Mark Bragg & the Butchers. Patrick has performed across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Patrick has released three acclaimed albums under his name: Hold Out (2005), Still No Word (2008); and Rock Music (2010) with percussionist Curtis Andrews. As a composer, Patrick composes music for film, television, radio, and theatre and also creates original live soundtracks for silent films and video game presentations.

Patrick took some time to discuss his experience in the Jazzology program and as well as his more recent musical activities:

1) Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?

It was a lot of fun. Larry (Green) came to one of my doctoral classes at the University of Toronto to talk about the show, his life in broadcasting, and jazz in general. I've always loved radio and was quite happy to take part in it.

2) What is your strongest memory of the Jazzology program? Are there any funny stories or incidents that come to mind?

I often wear a tie. Larry seemed to really appreciate this more than most people. It was kind of funny.

3) Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians?

I think it’s important for a serious player to be able to articulate why they like what they like. It helps in the creation of an original musical voice.

4) How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?

After Jazzology, I've been fortunate to help out on air during fundraising drives at JAZZ.FM91 several times. Jazz is a community-based music and any way we can all help get the message out is vital. It is nice to be connected to such a strong and warm-spirited community.

5) This program is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?

I get tired when I hear that music is considered ‘extra-curricular’. If we want a society full of well socialized young people who make confident decisions and who are able to negotiate and appreciate difference, then the arts are essential. They are not an extra. Those that choose to wisely invest in that discovery help create a culture of confidence, and for that we should all be thankful.

6) Since participating in the program, what have you been doing?

I am Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria. I joined the faculty here in 2010 and I love it. I teach theory, improvisation, history, music business, and I direct the Jazz Orchestra.

7) What music are you listening to at the moment that you find particularly inspiring?

Keith Jarrett is pretty important to me, especially his quartet recordings with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian. There is an elasticity to this music. The lines between composition and improvisation are often blurred. Country music is also a great passion of mine. I love the new live record from Marty Stuart and the recent solo album by his guitarist Kenny Vaughan. The recent Jeff Johnston Trio album with Jim Vivian and Mike Billard is one of my favorite new recordings.

8) What are your plans for the future?

My third solo record will be out this year and it features Bill Brennan on piano, Mike Downes on double bass, and Mike Billard on drums. I’m also writing a book on the history of jazz music in Newfoundland, which is an extremely interesting story.

9) How can people learn more about you and your activities?

My site is currently being overhauled. I love twitter though @paddyjoeboyle.

You can also learn more at the University of Victoria website HERE.

10) Is there anything else that you want to add?

I hope this program can keep going for many years to come. Please let me know if I can help in anyway.

Jazzology is proudly sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project.


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