Canadian Music Centre launches new concert series honouring jazz composers

The Canadian Music Centre has announced a new concert series meant to formally establish a home at the CMC for contemporary jazz composers in Canada.

The Jazz at the Centre concert series, curated by Céline Peterson, begins with a performance by Juno-winning guitarist Jocelyn Gould and Juno-nominated pianist Amanda Tosoff on Friday, Nov. 25. They’ll be backed by drummer Ethan Ardelli and bassist Jon Maharaj.

“It is a thrill and privilege for me to work with the team at the CMC in this capacity, as space is created where the work of our immensely talented jazz composers can be showcased nationally and internationally,” said Peterson. “Amanda Tosoff and Jocelyn Gould are two exceptionally talented, dedicated, and hardworking musicians and composers. The musical excellence that they embody as musicians, composers, and band leaders, is precisely what this series is about.”

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According to the CMC, Jazz at the Centre will also celebrate jazz composers through the promotion of composers and their compositions, access to works at CMC Library and shop, and master workshops. It will provide mentorship, scholarship and professional development opportunities for emerging composers and the next generation of Canada’s jazz musicians.

The Canadian Music Centre was founded in 1959 by a group of Canadian composers who saw a need to create a repository for the country’s music. It now holds the largest collection of Canadian concert music.

CMC’s heritage is linked with contemporary jazz music, including heritage composers John Weinzweig, Phil Nimmons, Harry Freedman and Ann Southam, as well as Oscar Peterson, Hugh Fraser, Elizabeth Raum, Glenn Buhr, Elizabeth Knudson, James Harley, Jérôme Blais, Bob Erlandson and more. The works of many Canadian jazz composers can be found in CMC’s Lending Library and Shop, and CMC Centrediscs has released many albums by Canadian jazz composers.

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