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Where Are They Now?

Our educational programs provide learning opportunities that contribute to the growth and development of emerging artists in our community. With the success of these programs over a number of years, we are fortunate to have a large group of alumni who have gone on to successful careers in music and beyond.

To celebrate these participants, our weekly “Where Are They Now?” segment allows us to follow-up with alumni, see how they are doing, and assess how the program has contributed to their success.

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Eli Bennett

This week we feature Eli Bennett, an award-winning saxophonist and composer based in Vancouver. A graduate of Humber College, Eli studied with Kirk MacDonald and Pat LaBarbera and performed with the Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble directed by Denny Christianson. Eli has performed at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and shared the stage with jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Dave Holland, Hank Jones, and Terence Blanchard.

Robb Cappelletto

This week’s featured artist is Robb Cappelletto, a guitarist, composer, producer, and educator based in Toronto. In 2010, he earned a Master's degree in composition from York University, where he is now on faculty as a jazz guitar instructor. Robb’s career also includes a busy gigging and recording schedule as both a bandleader and sideman. His debut recording !!! features drummer Ahmed Mitchell and bassist Jon Maharaj.

Jonathan McCaslin

This week we feature Calgary drummer Jonathan McCaslin, who is a mainstay on the Western Canadian jazz scene.

Raised in Regina, Jon's interest in music led him to enroll in the Jazz Studies program at McGill University, graduating in 1999. While at McGill, Jon had the opportunity to study with including Gordon Foote, Kevin Dean, Jan Jarcyzk, Joe Sullivan, Remi Bolduc, Chris McCann, Andre White, Michel Lambert, and Dave Laing. He attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1997, where he performed with Hugh Fraser, Don Thompson and Kenny Wheeler. In the spring of 2002, McCaslin completed his Master's in Jazz Studies at McGill University where he studied jazz drumming, improvisation and composition.

Lauren Falls

This week we feature bassist Lauren Falls. Originally from the town of Port Alberni in British Columbia, she later moved to Toronto to complete her undergraduate studies at Humber College. Following that, she completed her master’s degree in jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music. Lauren’s teachers have included with Mike Downes, Don Thompson, Denny Christianson, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Jay Anderson, and Justin DiCioccio.

Marika Galea

This week we feature Toronto-born bassist Marika Galea. A chance trip to the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) conference in high school sparked her interest in jazz and lead to her purchase of a double bass. She completed one year of studies at the University Toronto before being offered a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Classical Composition.

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