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Oscar, Rob, Lenny and Gil: Canadian Jazz Legends

Oscar, Rob, Lenny and Gil: Canadian Jazz Legends is a brand new jazz appreciation course, designed for jazz enthusiasts who want to delve deeper into the music.

This brand new, 4-part course will explore the lives, music and legacies of four of Canada’s most accomplished and influential jazz greats. Unlike previous JAZZ.FM91 jazz appreciation courses which have been structured as historical surveys, each class of Oscar, Rob, Lenny and Gil will go deep into the worlds of specific jazz figures. Students will walk away with a rich understanding of these incredible musicians and their unique contributions to Canadian jazz.

We’re also proud to announce that instructor Jonathon Resney will be returning to the station to teach the course. Jonathon is a saxophonist and educator, who received his Masters in Jazz performance from McGill University. He has designed this completely new course in collaboration with JAZZ.FM 91 CEO, Ross Porter.

Taking place at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village, this 4-session, evening course will meet for two hours weekly. JAZZ.FM91 donors are offered early enrollment and discounted fees.

For more information, please contact David Wall at 416-595-0404x260 or

Oscar, Rob, Lenny and Gil: Canadian Jazz Legends
Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28
Day/Time: Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm
Location: JAZZ.FM91, 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100
Instructor: Jonathon Resney

Learning objectives:

1. Oscar Peterson:
•    This class will profile Canada’s greatest jazz pianist. Oscar Peterson played and recorded with everybody, from Ella Fitzgerald to Dizzy Gillespie. He also set the standard for post war, virtuosic piano style and put Canada on the jazz map.

2. Rob McConnell
•    Our second class will tell the story of this incredible trombonist and band leader. A true Canadian legend, Rob McConnell became a world famous player and arranger working with band leaders like Maynard Ferguson and, of course, by creating the Boss Brass.

3. Lenny Breau:
•    Third up will be this incredibly versatile guitarist. A long-time resident of Winnipeg, Lenny became known internationally as one of the true geniuses of jazz guitar.

4. Gil Evans:
•    Our final class will profile this internationally celebrated innovator. Gil Evans, a Torontonian, became one of the world’s most respected and sought after jazz arrangers through his amazing work with Miles Davis and others.

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