Enoch Lodu is a 15-year-old trumpet player in Grade 10. He has played trumpet for four years, with this year being his second in JAZZ.FM91’s youth program. His biggest musical influences include Patrick Bartley, Takuya Kuroda and Roy Hargrove. Enoch is mostly self-taught and hopes to keep learning more about music while he is in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band.
Miles Koseleci-Vieira is a 16-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., who has played the trumpet for six years. Currently in his second year with JAZZ.FM91’s youth program, Miles’s notable influences are Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Till Bronner.
Also a member of the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band and part of his own jazz trio, Miles is eager to develop musically through the experience of playing with the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band.
Tibor Stojanovic is a trombone player who goes to school at Etobicoke School of the Arts. He started playing low brass at his middle school in Grade 5 and switched to valved trombone for his high-school jazz band. He was then asked to substitute for the 2018-2019 JAZZ.FM91 Seminar Big Band and enjoyed it a lot, so he decided to audition for the next year. This is now his second year in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. He has played and worked with fantastic musicians such as Mike Rud and Jason Logue, with his current teacher being Kelsley Grant. He is very excited to have the opportunity to play with such a renowned youth band.
Hunter is a Grade 12 student at Cawthra Park Secondary School. He has been playing trumpet for about 10 years. This is Hunter’s second year in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. His favourite musicians include Wayne Bergeron, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove.
Jakob Durst is currently a Grade 12 student at Centennial CVI in Guelph, Ont. Jakob has played saxophone for three years and is largely self-taught, with this year being his first in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. Jakob cites his main influences as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Chris Potter, and after high school he hopes to further his musical pursuits.
Hayden Stapleton is a Grade 12 student at Etobicoke School of the Arts. Hayden has played the saxophone for six years. This is his second time as a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. Hayden has studied with Toronto saxophonists Tara Davidson, Jake Koffman and David King. Hayden’s main musical influences are Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett and Cannonball Adderley. Hayden hopes to continue to enrich his musical experiences with his time in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band.
Jacob Buchan is an alto saxophonist, amateur musician and Grade 12 student at Royal St. George’s College. In the past five years, Jacob has been a part of Humber College’s Youth Jazz program, the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival and his self-led ensemble Spade to the Head. He is thrilled to be a new member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. Recently obtaining his Grade 8 practical certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Jacob draws inspiration from jazz and classical musicians alike, predominantly influenced by Paul Desmond, Eugene Rousseau, Sonny Criss. Alongside playing, Jacob has a love of jazz history, and considers Wynton Marsalis — as both a musician and educator — to be one of his greatest inspirations.
Luke Zhang is a 17-year-old trombonist in Grade 12, currently in his fifth year of playing the trombone and his third year in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. His most significant influences include Andy Martin, Bob McChesney, and Elliot Mason. Luke has not studied under anyone but hopes to learn from Jules and the other talented musicians in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band.
Eric Liang is currently in his second year as a pianist with the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. His favourite musicians include Glenn Zaleski, Yotam Silberstein, Julian Lage and Adam Birmbaum.
Astrid Krallisch is a 16-year-old pianist from downtown Toronto who currently studies at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. This is her first year in the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; she previously participated in the JAZZ.FM91 Seminar Big Band. In the past, she has studied with Toronto pianists Dave Restivo and Robi Botos, and she is currently studying with Adrean Farrugia. Some of her greatest musical influences include Bill Evans, Gene Harris, Bobby Timmons and Keith Jarrett. Astrid wishes to continue improving her skills as a jazz musician with the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band and hopes that we can all play and enrich our musical skills together next year.
Alex Sgrignoli is a 14-year-old drummer from Woodbridge, Ont. He is currently in Grade 9 and is participating in his third year as a member of JAZZ.FM91’s youth program. Alex has been playing the drums for more than seven years and has studied with Canadian drummers Ethan Ardelli, Joe Iannuzzi, Jeff Salem and many more. Some of his big influences include Jo Jones, Elvin Jones and Bill Stewart. Alex is excited to make great musical experiences and to learn this year alongside Jules and the many other talented musicians.
Caleb Khuu is a 17-year-old guitarist based in Waterloo, Ont. He draws inspiration from a wide range of genres and artists, but his biggest influences are Barney Kessel, Pat Martino and Tal Farlow. Caleb is largely self-taught and this is his third year as a member of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. He is also a member of the Royal City Big Band and the KW Big Band Theory, and he leads his own trio. Caleb is thankful for all the opportunities he’s had through the JAZZ.FM91 program and is so excited to continue his musical growth in the years to come.
A note from Jules Estrin, musical director of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band
It was the evening of Thursday, March 12, 2020, when the sounds of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program went silent.
We were busy doing a sound check for our Sound of Jazz performance with New York bassist Brandi Disterheft when word came that schools were to be shut down for an additional two weeks following March Break. Little did we know that this was going to be the start of an unprecedented time for the world.
Since then, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, concert halls and music camps have all essentially gone silent as well. Music teachers have had to recreate how instrumental music is being taught to students as online group and private lessons have become the norm. Teachers work to make it as meaningful as possible for the students while hoping that science will soon give us the green light to play music again together.
This year looks a lot different during our regular rehearsal times for the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band. We have been meeting online every Saturday to have conversations about the rich history of jazz with a special guest artist who brings their perspective to the weekly topic.
I have been so grateful to have these artists join us each week from all over North America and I would like to acknowledge them.
- Brad Shigeta (Duke Ellington Alumni)
- Ken Druker (Music Industry)
- Kelsley Grant (History of Jazz Trombone)
- Scott Marshall (Artistry of Jazz Saxophone)
- Chris Butcher (Jazz In New Orleans)
- Mike Rud (Jazz Guitar)
- Tania Gill (Jazz Piano Part I)
- Endre Rice (Count Basie Band)
- Heather Bambrick (Essential Jazz Vocalists)
- Michael Occhipinti (History of Jazz Fusion)
- Paul Wells (Jazz Performance Practises)
- Brian O’Kane (Essential Jazz Trumpet)
- Kelly Jefferson (Music of John Coltrane)
- Jesse Whitely (History of R&B and Soul)
- Joel Haynes (Essential Jazz Drums)
- Earl MacDonald (Jazz Piano Part II)
- Duncan Hopkins (The Jazz Bass)
I hope that these weekly discussions are keeping the flame lit for our JAZZ.FM91 students and their love of music. I know that getting together with them every Saturday has been very meaningful for me as we share our passion and excitement for learning.