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    Emily Steinwall

    Our first featured artist of 2015 is saxophonist Emily Steinwall, who was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Band from 2011 to 2013.

    Born and raised in Toronto, Emily has been involved in music from an early age.  While in high school, she participated in the Humber College Community School and Honour Combo Programs. She was also a member of the MusicFest Canada National Youth Jazz Combo.

    Soren Nissen

    This week’s featured artist is bassist Soren Nissen, who participated in Jazzology in 2012.

    Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Soren developed his skills as a bassist while sharing the bandstand with mentors such as Mark DeJong and Dean McNeill.

    Alex Tait

    This week we feature vocalist Alex Tait, who took part in Jazzology in 2009.

    Born and raised in Toronto, Alex’s love of music was sparked by her late father, Juno award-winning trumpet player and composer Rick Tait. She completed her honours degree in contemporary music at Humber College in 2010, where she received numerous scholarships and awards. She was also selected to participate in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2010 under the direction of Dave Douglas.

    Ryan Oliver

    This week’s featured artist is saxophonist Ryan Oliver, who participated in Jazzology in 2007.

    Ryan Oliver honed his craft living on Canada’s west coast, and in Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. A graduate of the undergraduate jazz program at Humber College, Oliver completed a master’s degree at Rutgers in Newark, New Jersey in 2009. Now based in Toronto, Oliver’s debut recording, Convergence, was released in 2007. His latest recording, Strive!, features legendary drummer Victor Lewis.

    He has received numerous Canada and Ontario Arts Council grants and was nominated for the 2013 Prix De Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival. He maintains a weekly residency with Organic, and is a member of The Cookers quintet as well as Tonight at Noon, an octet that plays the music of Charles Mingus.

    Andrew Marzotto

    This week we feature guitarist  Andrew Marzotto, who was a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band from 2009 to 2012.

    A native of Toronto, Andrew’s interest in music developed very early and he started playing guitar at the age of nine. Starting with local rock bands, his interest in jazz began upon entering high school. In addition to performing in school bands and taking part in the Humber College Community Music Program, he participated in two Berklee College of Music summer programs: the 2010 Berklee Jazz Workshop and the 2011 Summer Performance Program. In 2012, he was chosen to take part in the Yamaha All Star Band and received the Music Industries Association of Canada Scholarship.

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