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Richard Page

This week’s featured artist is saxophonist Richard Page, who participated in Jazzology in 2006.

After completing his studies at Mohawk College, Richard moved to Ottawa, where he currently resides. A busy performer and educator, he has had the opportunity to perform with many great artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Darcy Hepner, and Rick Wilkins. He has performed widely, including the Montreux and Vienne jazz festivals.

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

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

I remember listening to the broadcast of the interview and the emails and text messages from the students in my program at Mohawk College. I was one of the first from the school to be part of the series and my friends treated it as a big event.

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

I remember being very comfortable being interviewed by Larry Green. Jazzology was my first full-length interview and I was nervous. Larry connected with the music that I brought with me (samples of Ben Webster and Zoot Sims) and asked questions where I could explain my love for the music. I also remember somebody bringing coffee into the studio and dropping some change on the desk – it made the final cut!

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

Absolutely! I had to explain my musical influences which reinforced their personal value. After being interviewed I had a more defined picture of why I played the way that I did. It helped spawn personal growth as a player.

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

The chance to have an interview with JAZZ.FM91 in a supportive environment prepared me for the radio broadcasts, TV interviews and podcasts that I have been involved in. Young artists can benefit from the exposure and experience of being interviewed by professional interviewers on a station with a national and international audience.

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 would thank them for helping showcase the young talent that has come out of the greater Toronto area and surrounding areas. I know from my experience and those of my peers that it was a highlight of our educational upbringing and it gave us drive to be better musicians. I have to thank you for that opportunity.

6) Why is music education important?

Music education is not only important to future musicians, but to all people. I believe that music education is about exposure to new sounds, skills and socializing.

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

After Jazzology, I was awarded a second Noreen and Phil Nimmons Scholarship. I performed with the TD Canada Trust Youth Summit in 2008 at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Since moving to Ottawa in 2008, I have remained extremely active on the music scene – working with other jazz players, soul bands, R&B groups, singer-songwriters, chamber groups and more.

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

Recently, I've been listening to Jimmy Giuffre, Kenny Wheeler and Dick Oatts – they all play great melodies.

9) What are your plans for the future?

I have been writing some tunes for a new recording and we're starting to rehearse the quartet. I'm looking forward to hitting the studio with some great musicians. Outside of that, I'm trying to be a better player every day.

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

My website is You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

Jazzology is proudly sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project.


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