This week for “Where Are They Now,” we feature Jeni Chandler, a singer/songwriter from Toronto, now residing in New York.
We caught up with her to see what she’s been up to since Jazzology.
1) When did you participate in the Jazzology program?
I participated in the Jazzology program in 2008.
2) Describe your experience with the Jazzology program. What was your favourite aspect?
I had a blast with my Jazzology interview. I was just graduating from Mohawk College at the time and I had just been accepted to The New School
for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, so it was a very exciting time! I loved getting to play some of the Big Band recordings that I had at that time, featuring the (late) Dave McMurdo’s student Big Band at Mohawk, I was so proud to have worked with Dave McMurdo; he was an instrumental part in my development as a young Jazz musician. The interview was a great experience and I was asked to sing a traditional folk Polish lullaby live on air, which was pretty nerve racking, but a lot of fun!
3) Would you recommend this experience to other young musicians? Why?
I would absolutely recommend the Jazzology program to music students. It’s a great opportunity to get out there and have your voice heard. In this industry, every opportunity counts, and JAZZ.FM91 is an amazing place to be featured. I am so grateful to have been showcased here!
4) How has this experience helped in your personal and professional development?
The Jazzology program has been an excellent help in my academic and employment pursuits. It’s something that stands out on the musical resume for a lot of people. When I was applying to The New School in New York, they saw my JAZZ.FM91 interview as a huge bonus.
5) This program is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors who strongly believe in the importance of arts education initiatives. If you had the opportunity to thank them in person, what would you say?
I would want to thank each donor personally. Letting them know that their support of the arts, of music and most importantly of Jazz is something I will forever be grateful for. This station helped me get my start, and I have been supported every step of the way. Thank you for keeping Jazz and the Arts alive in Toronto, your donations and sponsorship mean so much to many! So, thank you!
6) Why is music education important?
I believe that music education is truly a life altering experience. I see it in myself, but also in my young students. The way that studying music shapes your mind, your outlook on life is undeniable. I studied music from childhood, all the way up until a double degree and seven years of university/college. So, in my opinion, there is nothing more valuable, or more positively formative than the study of music. I encourage all young people who are even curious about music to take lessons and start their education early.
7) Since participating in the program, what have you been doing? (education, scholarships, graduation, studying abroad, awards, grants, recordings, tours, employment, collaborations, etc.)
Since participating in the program, I have gone on to study with the greatest jazz musicians and faculty in New York City, at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. My faculty at New School are entirely responsible for the musician I have become today. I finished my BFA and went on to write my own original music under the title of “Jeni Chandler Band.” I toured Australia, Canada and New York City. I ended up in the studio collaborating with an incredible musician and classmate of mine, Jacob Bergson. We wrote a couple tracks, one is called “Outside.” We recorded it at Bunker studio and mixed it at Masterdisk. You can hear it at: jenichandler.bandcamp.com.
More recently, I have been singing duo jazz gigs here in NYC with an incredible pianist named Angel Echevarria. Also, I have been wearing many hats musically, conducting and playing keyboards for a church in Manhattan and learning from amazing songwriters in the music scene here in New York. It has been an incredible journey so far!
8) What are your plans for the future? (Any short term events or long term plans?)
There are so many things on the horizon for me in 2017. I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to some jazz gigs around New York, as well as getting back to my original music, with plans to record some new material.
9) How can people learn more about you and your activities? (Website, Twitter handle, etc.)
You can follow me on all social media platforms! I’m always updating!
Music – http://jenichandler.bandcamp.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/JeniChandlerBand
Twitter – @jenichandlerbnd